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Mindfulness for Women: The Freedom to Be Our Authentic Selves

We all long to be fully and freely ourselves. Authentic. This is a basic and vital human need. But as women we unknowingly internalize the misogynistic messages inherent in patriarchal society and we come to believe deep down that we’re not enough, there’s something wrong with us. So, we habitually focus our attention on others and strive to be pleasing and perfect tending to their needs, hoping we’ll win their validation and approval.  In the process, we discount our own experience and lose ourselves in relationships. This pattern of “othering” leaves us not knowing or trusting ourselves, and naturally creates insecurity, self-doubt, stress, anxiety, and depression. 

The purpose of mindfulness is to free the mind from its conditioned habits so we can access our authentic experience and come to trust the wisdom of our true nature. It heals our relationship with our self, and brings health and balance into our relationships with others. Through practicing mindfulness, both formally through meditation and informally as we live our lives, we learn to relate to our present moment experience with kindness and respect, pop out of those old habits that oppress us, build self-acceptance and trust in our own inner authority, and gradually feel confident knowing that being who we are authentically, is always enough. 

For more information please read “Unshakeable Confidence, The Freedom to Be Our Authentic Selves: Mindfulness for Women,” by Mare Chapman.

Practice Circles

A weekly gathering for women who have taken the Foundation Class and feel confident in understanding the basic practice of insight/vipassana meditation and want to go deeper in integrating mindfulness and freedom from othering into their lives. Each class begins with a reading, followed by a 25-minute meditation, reflection and discussion, and a short closing meditation.  With the wisdom and support of other women we will deepen our understanding of how to apply mindfulness and Buddhist philosophy so we can live with more ease, stability, freedom, and authenticity. In these dark and challenging times, it’s even more vital to feel our womanly connections as we empower ourselves to bravely act for our own wellbeing and for the benefit of all.

The Tuesday afternoon and evening classes are now full.



Foundation Class, Winter 2023

In this 10-session course we will learn the basic principles and methods of mindfulness and apply them to the various habits of “othering” in order to restore connection with our trustworthy and wise authentic self. Class is a combination of brief lecture, meditation instruction, practicing together, reflection, and discussion. “Ownwork” practice between each session is strongly encouraged.  Each class focuses on a different aspect of mindfulness, our conditioning, and how to apply he practice to prominent habits of “othering”. This class is appropriate for all levels of experience, and no previous familiarity with mindfulness is required.

Held on Wednesdays, 6:15-8:30 pm. Exact date to be announced.

This class will be LIVE online over Zoom (CST) only.

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