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Reading and Reflecting Book Club

1 hour 15 min per fortnight

R & R (Reading & Reflecting) - Book Club

Stoke the fires of what interests you using contemporary texts from divergent views around the subject of awareness practices. Have a rich yarn with your peers. 
Typical session reflections:

What resonated with you?
What questions do you have that we can grapple with together?
What do you see as implications for your practice?

Structure: 

Sit, Explore, Reflect , Sit

Next book: 

Tara Brach  Radical Compassion
Starts,  Monday 27 July 2020
Details below.

100% of the proceeds from the book club go to a scholarship fund

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Who is this for?

For people with an interest in mindfulness and those who have completed Level I or Level II training and beyond, even if you do not yet teach.

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Why?

To enhance our understanding of mindfulness, its gifts and complexities and to explore the implications for our practice.

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How?

Commit to one book at a time. One hour fifteen minute sessions via Zoom.

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Location

At your place

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FINDING YOUR COURSE

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - Pema Chodron

Two events available
Starting: Sunday 19 April 2020 | Time: 4:00 - 5:15 pm (AEST) 
Starting : Monday 20 April 2020 | Time: 6:00 - 7:15 pm (AEST)
Book Club Host: Pamela Lovell

*Please note participants are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book.

Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life's difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth--now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema--makes for a perfect gift and addition to one's spiritual library.How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart--when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

Pamela Lovell is your host.  Pamela delights in guiding the group to explore practical applications for our lives.  Each session is structured with a short meditation, discussion (including conundrums and laughter) and then a short closing sit.  Sessions are video taped so if you have to miss one, you can view the discussion from the previous session.

Details

Sundays, 4:00 - 5:15 pm (AEST)  

Chapters 1-4   19 April
Chapters 5-8   03 May
Chapters 9-12   17 May
Chapters 13-16   31 May
Chapters 17-20   14 June
Chapters 21-22   28 June

 

Mondays, 6:00 - 7:15 pm (AEST)  

Chapters 1-4   20 April
Chapters 5-8   04 May
Chapters 9-12   18 May
Chapters 13-16   01 June
Chapters 17-20   15 June
Chapters 21-22   29 June

  

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Radical Compassion by Tara Brach

Starting : Monday 27 July 2020 | Time: 6:00 - 7:15 pm (AEST)
Book Club Host: Pamela Lovell

*Please note participants are responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book.

 

We will be starting on 27 July and that the assigned chapters and the length of the club will be determined as soon as possible?  We meet fortnightly and read approximately 50 pages a fortnight.

 

radical compassionWorld-renowned meditation teacher Tara Brach shares a simple four-step practice to awaken compassion and release the grip of painful emotions:

Recognize
Allow
Investigate
Nurture

Heartfelt and deeply practical, Radical Compassion teaches us to find healing and freedom through the sources of love, courage and deep wisdom alive within us all.

About the Author

Tara Brach, Ph.D, is an internationally known teacher of mindfulness, meditation, emotional healing, and spiritual awakening. She is the author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge, and her weekly podcasted talk and meditation is downloaded by over a million and a half people each month. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of Insight Meditation Center of Washington, DC. She lives in Great Falls, VA with her husband and dog.

 

 

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Facilitator / Host

Pamela Lovell

BSc, MSc, MA Counselling

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Pamela trained with the Center for Mindfulness and Openground and is a certified MBSR teacher with the Centre of Mindfulness, UMass.   She is an Organisational Development Consultant with 20 years of experience working with leaders, managers and staff to effectively handle change and improve communication and behaviours for a better workplace. Pamela’s interest in teaching MBSR came through her work with organisations where work/life balance seemed elusive and many people were finding the stress of everyday life overwhelming. Since 2007 Pamela has taught MBSR privately and in organisation settings. Pamela has 13 years of experience with mindfulness and has studied this work for 20 years.

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Refund Policy

There are no refunds for the Alumni Book Club

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I don’t like to read books on meditation even though I know I should and I know they are helpful. So I forced myself (with kindness and compassion) to join the MTI book club to help break through.

And I read the book (all of it). And I sat with others and asked questions and had many of them answered. And I learnt a lot of helpful things about mindfulness that is helping my practice and helping me to help others.

So while I still don’t like reading books on meditation the book club helps.