Upcoming Events

Awakening Circles

Monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month
Beginning Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
Future dates: Feb 26, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27
7:00 – 9:00pm
Fee: $20 (registration deadline January 15th)
Sacred Ground Chicago, 530 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL
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Experience spiritual community as you share your path with others

Experience the spiritual energy of the circle

Awakening Circles are gatherings of spiritual seekers who come together for mutual support in their life journeys. Each Circle opens with silent meditation and intention-setting followed by the core of the experience – time for personal sharing by participants. During the sharing process, participants are asked to hold each other in respectful silence. Sharing time is for each speaker’s personal exploration of their unfolding spiritual life. Listeners spend this time deeply listening to the speaker, while reflecting on their own journey. The experience is one of being with others in a profound way that goes beyond the experience of a typical support group. You will experience a sense of spiritual community that leaves you feeling deeply seen, supported and connected to others in your journey. Please contact Bill Epperly to find out more about Awakening Circles.

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Introduction to Mindfulness

Thursday, February 27th, 2020
7:00 – 8:00pm
Sacred Ground Chicago, 530 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL
Fee: Free (registration required by February 20th)
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The present moment rises out of the Ground of Our Being like a beautiful flower

Experience the beauty of the present moment

We are in the midst of a mindfulness revolution. Mindfulness, an ancient spiritual practice with roots in the Buddhist tradition, has found modern applications as a tool for stress management, psychological wellness, and awakening. Neuroscience is discovering that mindfulness meditation causes fundamental changes to our brain and nervous system that restore our natural balance and allow healing of stress-induced disease states. In this experiential program, you will learn what mindfulness meditation is and how it differs from other forms of meditation. You’ll consider reasons why you might want to take up mindfulness meditation, including:
– stress reduction and wellness
– peace of mind and present moment awareness
– managing anxiety, worry, and depression
– awakening to a felt sense of interconnectedness with all life
You’ll experience a guided mindfulness meditation that releases held stress, putting you into a state of relaxation. Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for light stretching and meditation while lying down.

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Mindfulness Meditation Immersion

Four Thursdays beginning March 5, 2020
7:00 – 9:00pm
Sacred Ground Chicago, 530 W. Fullerton Pkwy, Chicago, IL
Fee: $80 (registration deadline February 27th)
Sacred Ground Chicago, 520 W Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL
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Discover the present moment and a life beyond worries & anxieties

The present moment is Spirit’s dwelling place.

Mindfulness is a path to healing, peace of mind and deepening spiritual awareness. Ultimately, the practice of mindfulness meditation leads to present moment awareness and awakening to our interconnectedness to all life. Though many people believe that meditation is difficult, it is something that anyone can do. In this experiential four-week course, you will learn how to practice mindfulness in four key aspects of life: with oneself, with the body, in relationships, and in our lives in the world. You’ll learn how to work with thoughts, worries, emotions and anxieties. You’ll learn how to enhance your awareness of your body, opening to the wisdom of the body. We’ll explore relationship as an opportunity for mindfulness. And we’ll conclude by exploring how to bring mindfulness practice to our engagement with the world, including families, colleagues, and social issues. You will come away with an established practice of mindfulness meditation as well as tools for taking mindful awareness into all aspects of your life. Each evening of this experiential program will include meditation time as well as time for discussion and Q & A. Prior meditation experience is helpful but not necessary. Wear comfortable clothing suitable for light stretching.

Want more information or have questions? Contact Bill Epperly or attend the free Introductory Session on Thursday, February 27th, 7:00 – 8:00pm (see above)

Course Outline

Week One
Introduction to Mindfulness: Keys to Mindfulness

Week Two
Mindfulness of Body & Self: Working with Mind & Body

Week Three
Practicing Mindfulness in Relationships

Week Four
Taking Mindfulness into the World

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