Course dates: July 20 through August 10, 2022

This free, month-long interactive course is designed to accompany the Month of Speech in the yearlong online program “Bring Body, Speech & Mind to Life.” Open to all.

Following a teaching and guided meditation by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, and the related 24-Hour Full Moon Practice of “Through Silence, Realize Your True Voice” on July 13-14, we will meet weekly via Zoom to practice together and to reflect in large and small groups on how we can integrate the teachings in very practical ways into our lives.

During this Month of Speech we will explore how we can release the various forms of pain speech and connect more fully with the silence, the pure, unceasing awareness of our true nature. To release our pain speech, we first need to be aware of our patterns, so we will spend time reflecting and sharing with group members how we use our speech (or inner voice) to criticize, complain, judge, blame, belittle, etc. In a supportive environment we can begin to see clearly and become more intimate with our patterns of pain speech, without judgment and with deep kindness and compassion. This can become the doorway into our inner silence — we can rest in that silence, releasing the effort that separates us from being fully present, to realize our true voice in order to enrich our own lives and to be of benefit to­ others.

Course size is limited to 21 participants to support a sense of group connection and safety, so that we can afford to take risks and be vulnerable. Although there is no charge to attend, each participant will be asked to make a strong commitment to show up fully and to bring these practices to life. Participants will be asked to bring their specific patterns to the­ir practice, to host their pain, and to notice any shifts and changes that become available as these limiting patterns loosen and release. Between weekly group sessions everyone will be asked to engage in daily meditation practice, both formally and informally. There will also be an additional weekly small-group session to further the sense of group connection and support.

Classes take place on four consecutive Wednesdays beginning July 20, 2022. Each 90-minute class begins at 12 noon New York time. The schedule of weekly small-group sessions will be confirmed with participants as the course begins. Access other offerings of the yearlong program, both live and recorded, at this link.

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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.