Course dates: January 26 – February 16, 2024
This free, four-week interactive course is designed to accompany Month 12 in the yearlong online program “Embracing Life with Wisdom & Compassion.” Open to all.
During this yearlong program, each month of the lunar calendar has offered us an opportunity to call up a specific challenge, difficult emotion, or other form of suffering that affects our personal lives and the lives of others around the world. Through the full moon meditations and related teachings, we have been supported to open to and embrace the pain of depression, anxiety, and loneliness with compassion, allowing positive healing qualities to emerge. During this final month of the program, we will focus on the sense of “me,” the one who experiences suffering, the one who feels depressed, anxious, or lonely. We will be encouraged to turn inward and embrace that “me.” As we are supported to rest — open, aware, and warmly present — this sense of me can loosen, and we can recognize that this is not who we truly are. We discover a fresh sense of warmth and flexibility that is available to us when we can rest in open awareness — our natural state.
During this course we offer opportunities to join with others in guided practice, to reflect upon how we experience this sense of “me,” this pain identity. We will open into our experiences with guidance and collective support and be encouraged to share the benefits of doing so. With practices that support each of us to connect with our innate capacity for wisdom and compassion, we can heal, transform, and discover that the imprints of suffering we carry can loosen and release, allowing our natural healing qualities to emerge.
Each weekly session will include a guided practice and time for reflection and sharing in small and large groups. There will be materials to support daily practice between sessions.
The course follows two other free online offerings on the same theme of “Embracing the Suffering Me, Cultivating the Freedom of Being No One” — a teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche on Wednesday January 24, 2024, at 12 noon New York time; and the continuous 24-hour Full Moon Practice session, which begins at 10 a.m. on January 25 and ends at 10 a.m. on January 26. A related science & spirituality dialog may follow, date to be announced.
Course size is limited to support a sense of warmth, connection, honesty, and safety. There is no fee to attend. Each group member is asked to make a commitment to show up fully with a clear intention to benefit others, and between the weekly group sessions to engage in daily meditation practice, both formally and informally.
Classes take place via Zoom on four consecutive Fridays beginning January 26, 2024. Each 90-minute class begins at 1 p.m. New York time and is held in English. To register please complete the form below. You will receive an email from Aleezé Sattar Moss and be asked to respond to confirm your participation in the program.
There is no fee to attend. Between weekly group sessions we ask participants to engage in daily meditation practice, both formally and informally. To register please complete the form below. You will receive an email from the instructors to confirm your participation in the program.
Find more information about the yearlong program at this link.
About the Instructor
Aleezé Sattar Moss, Ph.D., is the associate director of the Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. She is a certified mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher and teaches mindfulness to the public, patients, health care professionals, medical students, and employees in corporate settings. In addition to receiving extensive training in teaching mindfulness, Aleeze completed the 9 month-long Three Doors Compassion Project in 2016. She continues to deepen her own practice and teaching through ongoing trainings and retreats. She has a doctorate in anthropology and conducts qualitative research on the effects of MBSR on physical and psychological health and has published in peer-reviewed journals. She is deeply passionate about sharing the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.