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Meditation with Lee

Welcome to Meditation with Lee!

Meditation with Lee is an on-going and open class that is held every Monday from 4:00pm to 5:15pm in Watertown, NY. Ongoing means that there is no end date. The class meets every Monday. Open means that there is no commitment required. Participants may attend weekly, monthly, on a regular basis, as needed, or just once or twice to give it a try. During this class I teach and train the art of Mindfulness Meditation (Vipassanā) or insight meditation. All levels of experience are welcome. Do not hesitate to give it a try, even if you are unfamiliar but curious about the practice.

Meditation with Lee is open to almost everyone. The group is for anyone seeking to manage stress, reduce depression, relieve anxiety, or recover from other forms of mental and emotional difficulties, including sleep disturbances and grieving with the assistance of mindfulness meditation. The class is also open to those suffering from chronic pain or for those simply wanting to know themselves better. 

Participants must be 18 years of age or older and teens must have the consent of a parent or guardian. Teaching mindfulness meditation (vipassana)  is a highlight of my work week, as I am in continual awe to witness the healing and peace that participants gain from mindfulness skills and meditation. That is why I meditate daily and keep hoping for my neighbors in Lewis, Jefferson, and surrounding counties to join. 

Fee: $35 per class session/per individual. However, adjusted rates are being considered on a case by case basis. Please inquiry about a price reduction or make your interest known when you register online.

Registration:  register online or call our offices at 315-788-3332.

My experience with meditation has been life changing; empowering; I am learning to not be so hard on myself and to give self love daily, allowing the painful feelings to just be there but not be the pain, to let the feelings go.
— Student
 

 

Course Recommendations:

Meditation with Lee works best when a few recommendations are followed. These are not requirements but recommendations that allow a participant to get the most out of the class.

  1. A Commitment to Meditation Practice. Each member is encouraged to develop a regular sitting practice. At first, this may feel like a lofty expectation but daily meditators realize the benefits of our practice quicker. Changing our neurological functioning takes work - not unlike working out at the gym to lose weight and gain muscle. The motivation to do this work will gain momentum if we stick with it. That is, as we start to realize a happier and more tranquil existence, the desire to meditate is likely to increase. Fitting it into our schedules can be difficult but many find that either breaking up the practice or setting the alarm earlier in the morning can help.
  2. A Commitment to Mindfulness (Informal practice). Being fully alive necessitates that we disengage from the narrative of the past, fantasy of the future, and the internal dialogue utilized to construct our identity. Members will be asked to make a daily effort to stay present for the mundane driving, eating, and daily paperwork as well as those unique and enticing moments. Staying balanced and present, this course is about fully living and embracing the now.
  3. Non-Striving. Although there are specific concerns that may bring you into this class, an essential element is non-striving. Put goal attainment on hold and try not to gain a particular benefit (i.e., relaxation, pain reduction, peacefulness). Those things will come as a byproduct of releasing from our wanting for them.
  4. Approach your practice with kind awareness. Attempt every informal and formal practice with gentleness and tenderness. We are simply observing what happens here and now. Observe yourself and others with inquisitiveness and kindness - not seeking answers and forming judgments and opinions but opening to all aspects of our lives.  

Course Resources:

  • Guided meditations can be found here. E-mail me with any questions.
  • A Meditation Log is available for download here. Either print a copy or use electronically. During the course it will be important to track each practice. Tracking our activities is a way of being mindful of our daily choices. 
  • The RAIN handout, developed by Dr. Tara Brach, is available for download here.
  • The STOP handout is available for download here.
  • The Urge Surfing handout, created by Alan Marlatt and the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is available for download here.
  • The Mindfulness Summit is an online event that took place in October, 2015. The event included a number of world-renowned speakers on the topic of Mindfulness. One of the best interviews was with Mark Williams - it is available to view here. You may need to register in order to watch the video. If there is a week off during the course of MBH or if you have to miss a week's session, it is highly recommended viewing.

Course Readings:

Pre-course Reading

Uncovering Happiness, by Elisha Goldstein

How Meditating Helps with Anger, by Mindful.org

How to Navigate Sadness Mindfully, by Mindful.org

Remedies for Your Anxious Mind, by. Elisha Goldstein & Stefanie Goldstein

 

Week 1

The Body Scan Meditation, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

7 Myths of Meditation, by Deepak Chopra

 

Week 2

Sitting Meditation, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Brain: How the Brain Rewires Itself, by Sharon Begley

 

Week 3

Thoughts on Thinking, by Edward Espe Brown

I Hadn't Thought of That, by Wes Nisker

 

Week 4

Anatomy of Fear

Understanding the Stress Response, by Harvard Health Publications

 

Week 5

Thinking With The Heart, by Christopher Germer

Buddhism's Pain Relief, by Rick Heller

 

Week 6 

The Sacred Art of Listening, by Tara Brach

The Answer to Anger, by Pema Chödrön

 

Week 7

Survival of the Kindest, by Paul Ekman

Does Mindfulness Make You Compassionate?, by Shauna Shapiro

 

Week 8

Cultivating Mindfulness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Suggestions for Daily Practice, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

In the Service of Life, by Rachel Naomi Remen

The Rabbi's Gift, by M. Scott Peck