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A Mindful Breather: Releasing Tension, Replenishing the Heart
Dates: Nov 01, 2020
Online Course

Instructor(s): Susan Morgan, Bill Morgan

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It’s been a long and stressful year and the next few days are likely to be no different. Let’s use our practice to let go of some of the stress we’ve accumulated so far and make room for what’s to come. This is one function of mindfulness, that is to detox the organism.

This afternoon of practice will not emphasize deep states of calm or transformative insight. Instead, we‘ll keep it simple with short guided practices to release tension in the body, breath, heart-mind and replenish the heart with good food.

This online practice period is offered free of charge, and donations are gratefully accepted. Bill and Susan, who have been in residence at BCBS during the pandemic, have very generously directed that all dana go to BCBS to help sustain the center through the coronavirus shutdown.

Online Course: Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online courses. When registering for an online course, please note that you should plan to commit to attending all scheduled sessions. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Sunday, November 1

1:00 - 1:15 pm Welcome/Intentions/Reflection

1:15 - 1:30 pm Opening & Releasing Practices

1:30 - 2:00 pm Sitting Meditation

2:00 - 2:15 pm Stand/Bio Break

2:15 - 2:45 pm Sitting Meditation

2:45 - 3:00 pm Opening & Releasing Practices

3:00 - 3:30 pm Sitting Meditation

3:30 - 4:00 pm Sharing/Closing 

Please check the time of the meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.

  • Susan Morgan, CNS, is a psychotherapist in Cambridge, MA. She is a board and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Susan has a longstanding meditation practice and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge. She has been leading retreats, primarily for caregivers, for the last 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching.

  • Bill Morgan, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He has participated in many intensive retreats in meditation practice over the past 40 years and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. Together with Susan Morgan, he has been leading mindfulness retreats for 15 years.