Practicing Gratitude in Everyday Life
with Peggy Gillespie
2 Mondays: November 8 and 15; 7-8:30pm ET
Suggested donation: $16-40 registration + teacher donation (we encourage you to consider giving teacher dana equal to or greater than what you gave for registration)*
In just two group meetings and home practices during the intervening
week and for the rest of our lives, I hope to share with the group one
of the essential practices in the Buddhist tradition. We will explore
our feelings of dissatisfaction—judgment of self, of others, and of our
life situation—and see clearly the buttons that trigger us to open and
dwell in our "complaint department." This is not, however, a course
that seeks to deny, push away, or "spiritually bypass" suffering,
grief, fear, and pain (physical and/or mental). Instead, I hope it will
help us all to recognize these mind states, while simultaneously
cultivating the ability to focus on the many ways we can water the seeds
of gratitude no matter how difficult our daily lives are! By
cultivating gratitude, we can discover the possibility of more
equilibrium as we navigate even our darkest and most fearful times.
Through discussion and practice, my hope is that we will all get
closer to following Lao Tzu's advice: "When you realize there is nothing
lacking, the whole world belongs to you."
Peggy Gillespie was the original Assistant Director
under Jon Kabat-Zinn, of the UMass Medical Center's Mindfulness-Based
Stress Reduction Program in Worcester. She is a Community Dharma Leader,
trained at Spirit Rock, and teaches meditation locally, including at
high schools and colleges. Peggy is the co-Buddhist Advisor at Mt.
Holyoke College (along with Adi Bemak).
keeping with the Buddhist tradition of dana (generosity), the suggested
registration amounts for our classes and retreats do not include any
payment for the teacher. The teachers are paid entirely out of the
students' generosity. Please consider giving a donation to the teacher
in order to support their ability to continue to share the dharma. We
encourage you to consider teacher dana equal to or greater than the
amount you gave for registration. You may give a donation at the time of
registration and give later donations through our teacher dana link.
Everyone is welcome to all of our events regardless of ability to
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