Do you feel overwhelmed? Out of balance? Drained by perfectionism and self-criticism?
These already intense times can be much more overwhelming and difficult to handle when we are being driven by self-hate and self-criticism. In this two hour workshop, we will work to create an internal refuge from these uncertain, challenging times by cultivating the heart and exploring obstacles to self-love. This process will involve guided meditations on loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity to support opening and balance. We will also engage in reflection and discussion looking at how self-criticism can be a tactic to find safety and protection as a way to destigmatize and unravel this very common pattern. This offering is suitable for both experienced meditators and those who are new to the practice.
Please bring a pen and paper.
Sara Shapouri is an Iranian-American meditation and mindfulness instructor, artist, musician, and lawyer. Sara’s experience with sharing mindfulness and meditation include curriculum development and instruction at Awake Youth Project, a program offering meditation and mentoring to teenagers in Brooklyn, and teaching meditation retreats with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. She has completed teacher training programs with the Interdependence Project in 2016 and with Inward Bound in 2018. She has also trained in conflict mediation with the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, completed the year-long caregiver training program at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care in 2015, and in 2019 finished the Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy in Complex Trauma training. Sara is currently participating in the Dharmapala Training through Sacred Mountain Sangha. While she is retired from the practice of law, Sara remains committed to social justice, particularly issues related to human rights and children's rights.