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Meditation Practice 

Meditation Practice General Information

Join us for free community meditation sessions on the last Sunday of every month.

The agenda typically includes inviting participants to share the benefits or obstacles they have experienced in their meditation practice. The group share is followed by a discussion of the monthly meditation topic. Finally, the group will meditate together. The agenda is flexible, and discussion topics may be altered to accommodate the needs of participants.

All are welcome, whether you are a beginner, experienced meditator, or simply curious.

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT ATTENDING  THE COMMUNITY MEDITATION IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR THERAPY.

THE INTENTION OF THIS PRACTICE IS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITY  MEMBERS TO MEET AND PRACTICE TOGETHER. 

Location: Depending on weather conditions, we either meet at Sims Lake Park in Suwanee GA, or in the office of Authentic-Life Counseling

Agenda: Our sessions typically begin with mindful sharing, allowing participants to discuss how their mindfulness and meditation practices have helped them or to ask questions about their practice. Each month, various topics related to meditation and mindfulness are presented. The topic discussion is then followed by sitting meditation.

Costs: There is no cost to attending the meditation. However, cash donations will be accepted and used to help the homeless of Pensacola, Florida. My brother, the Pirate, and his wife, the Wench, provide basic needs such as food, water, hygiene items, and occasionally tents. Donations will be collected in a designated bowl near the space where we meet.

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Testimonials

Today I had the most beautiful, peaceful, and mindful morning meditation. I took a few minutes to relax and connect my body and mind. I noticed the sounds around me, and for the first time I could see and feel my lungs expanding! Diane is wonderful, she guided our meditation group step by step. I really enjoyed having this amazing experience! I'm grateful for the present moment and the fullness of life!
I can't wait for our next meditation group with Diane! - YK

Thank you for hosting another beautiful event! - MS

What an incredible first experience! I've never felt so supported in a group before. Diane, thank you for leading us in such an impactful meditation and creating a safe space for us to be seen and heard just as we are. I'm looking forward to the next event!  Lots of love, - WC


 

Date: Sunday, June 30th 2024
Location: Authentic-Life Counseling 4485 Tench Rd Suite 1220 A, Suwanee, GA
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (approximate end time)

This Month's Topic: Distinguishing Awareness From Objects Of Awareness

 

Join us for our monthly community meditation session held at the office of Authentic-Life Counseling, 

 

This month, we will continue our discussion on awareness and the objects of awareness. Awareness is omnipresent, while objects of awareness are constantly changing. Distinguishing between awareness and the objects of awareness is fundamental to “waking up.” As we make this distinction, we notice that some objects of awareness do not particularly interest us, while others capture our attention obsessively. Understanding why certain objects of awareness "hook" us with varying degrees of intensity is important because it illuminates much about our ego. Please join us for this interesting discussion.


All are welcome, regardless of experience level.
Bring a friend and join us for a morning of relaxation, insight, and connection.

 

RSVP: Email me 
 

What Do I Need To BringA meditation cushion, and if you like a cash donation to be used for homeless outreach in Pensacola, Florida.

Community Meditation 

About Your Meditation Instructor

Diane Chrestman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and experienced meditation instructor. She integrates secular Buddhist teachings and mindfulness training to help individuals manage mental and emotional challenges. Diane's compassionate and holistic approach fosters a supportive community environment for all participants. In addition to her practice, Diane has contributed blog posts and engaged in public speaking on topics related to mindfulness and mental health.

Benefits of Meditation

Meditation and mindfulness practices can help reduce stress, improve focus, and enhance overall well-being. Regular practice has been shown to benefit mental and physical health, including reduced anxiety, better sleep, and increased emotional resilience.

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