Navigating Rough Waters: Mindfulness and Loss

Navigating Rough Waters

Mondays 6:30-8:30pm EDT/3:30-5:30pm PDT
June 15, 22, 29, July 6 • Online via Zoom
All Ages

Finding Our Way in the Face of Loss and Change

A Contemplative 4-week Course for All Ages

  • If you are feeling overwhelmed right now due to loss and uncertainty, you are not alone.
  • These are extremely challenging times, and there are accessible practices and resources that can help you see it through.

Life is often weird and confusing, but now even more so. While transitions and uncertainty are a foundational truth of life, they can be incredibly difficult to navigate. Anxiety, grief and other challenging emotions are frequent visitors that feel overwhelming during these times. This is particularly so given our cultural, social, and familial conditioning. While we cannot change the truth of life, we can develop skills and resources to cope with them, to not only find some balance but reconnect to feelings of love, joy, and ease.

During our time together we will examine the inherent quality of uncertainty and how being in alignment with truth of things is an important first step in not just survival, but to flourish and grow as well. We will hold that truth while acknowledging the cultural and social conditioning that makes being with things so difficult. From this place of alignment with reality, we will practice guided meditations rooted in mindfulness and the cultivation of the heart, connect with one another, and reflect upon our needs and our resources. These practices can allow for more clarity, emotional flexibility, self-love and compassion, resilience, and a sense of belonging.

Specific practices that will be offered are:

  • Guided sitting and walking mindfulness meditations
  • Grounding and relaxing techniques
  • Kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Equanimity meditations
  • Connection with others in small groups
  • Body based movements to support balance
  • Self-care support including weekly homework

Teachers

Sara Shapouri profile photo

Sara Shapouri

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Enrique Collazo

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Cost and Accessibility

The sliding scale for this 4-week Contemplative course is $40 – $150.

If your family earns $75,000 or more per year, then we request that you pay the full price. If your family earns less than $75,000/year, you may self-select an amount to pay. If you are in true economic hardship (e.g, recently lost job, health situation, etc.) we are offering the discounted rate of $40. If you cannot afford the discounted fee please email registrar@ibme.com and we’ll make it work for you. No teen will be turned away for lack of funds.