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5-Week Introduction to Somatic Meditation Course

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ODC invites you to join us in a free, 5-week introduction to somatic meditation Course Description Our body, or soma, offers direct access to our true nature, or higher self. The soma also holds our unresolved issues and traumas, which can block that access. These manifest as physical tension, emotional distress, and disease. Using the breath-work and visualization practices presented in this course, we develop an intimate and ever-deepening relationship with our soma, increasing our connection to our innate wisdom and creativity. This course is experiential in nature, using guided meditations. It is suitable for all levels of practitioners of any tradition, including secular and non-Buddhist. For novices, it provides a solid foundation on which to develop a meditation practice. Advanced practitioners will learn skillful methods to enhance their existing practice.  Participants are required to attend the first session. About the Facilitator Kevin McNerney has been exploring s
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What:  Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course for women in midlife of all experience levels offered by Janet Rock, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher When: June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2022 Time: 6:30 to 7:30 AM CDT via Zoom Each class will include instruction on mindfulness meditation skills with a guided practice and chance to share and ask questions. Topics include breath and body meditation, mindfulness of emotion, cultivating compassion, joy, and equanimity, and bringing mindfulness into everyday life. Reserve your seat or reach out with any questions: Janet Rock tesolrocket@gmail.com All classes and materials are freely offered.

5/22/22 Spring Day Group Meditation Retreat

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When: Sunday, May 22. 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM CDT Where: A large, beautiful retreat space located on a country property 30 minutes north of Springfield. Directions to the property and more details will be given when you RSVP via this form . We joyfully offer this retreat at no cost. Donations are welcome, of course, but not required. This retreat is suitable for all levels of practitioners. For those who haven’t experienced a group retreat, this is a gentle, yet potent introduction. There will be periods of group practice in the shrine room, and also space and time for individual practice and walking meditation outside. It will be a silent retreat, to allow our minds to settle deeper over the course of the day. Participants are expected to stay the entire time, since leaving early disrupts the retreat container. We recommend bringing your personal cushion and mat, since there will be several sessions of sitting. ODC will also provide cushions, mats, and blankets to use. Chairs are

Earth Day Cleanup at Lake Springfield

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The James River Basin Partnership will be hosting their annual Earth Day cleanup on Friday April 22, 2022, from 12:30-5:00 at Lake Springfield. Volunteers may come anytime in that time frame, or stay and help for all of it! This is a FREE event open to anyone who would like to get out and make a difference in their community. Our group will be doing shoreline cleanup. Pre-registration is required, as there is a required waiver, so please be sure to sign up by contacting Jean Parker at jeanlws@gmail.com by April 1st. Partners for this event include Springfield-Greene County Parks and Recreation , The City of Springfield’s Department of Environmental Services , Bass Pro Shops , and the Missouri Department of Conservation . Event Detail Summary When:  Friday, April 22, 2022, 12:30 to 5 PM Where:   Lake Springfield Registration: Required in advance to sign wavier. To volunteer with ODC, please email Jean Parker at jeanlws@gmail.com Photo credit: Springfield CVB

*Rescheduled* - 4-Week Meditation for Beginners Course

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Due to omicron, this course has been rescheduled to February 24, March 3, and March 10. We invite you to four evenings that seek to introduce the fundamentals of meditation and mindfulness. While the course will be taught by Ozarks Dharma Community members who have adopted Buddhist practices, the course is appropriate for a secular/non-Buddhist, as well as a Buddhist, audience; anyone willing to deepen their understanding of meditation concepts and practice approaches is welcome. Week 1: Introduction to Meditation & Posture - Rhett Week 2: Using Breath as an object of meditation - Kris Week 3: Working with thoughts - Don Week 4: Cultivating a daily practice - John

2nd Annual Gratitude Sit on 11/25/21

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Thursday, November 25, 9 to 9:30 AM Join us for our 2nd annual 30-minute gratitude sit on the morning of Thanksgiving. This is an online only sit , so we are able to gather wherever we happen to be on this holiday. Here's the Zoom information, the same info you use to join Saturday Sit . Zoom Meeting ID 225 818 0988 Join Directly via URL https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2258180988 Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels

12/04/21 Saturday Sit Relocated

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  Our host church, National Avenue Christian Church, is hosting the National AIDS Memorial Quilt from December 1 through 5, 2021, so all Ozarks Dharma Community events will be moved from the Parlor where we normally meet to the upstairs conference room during those dates.  Please enter through the south door on Portland Street, especially if you are bringing food or drink with you.  You will be turned away from the Gallery entrance if you have food or drink with you because of the AIDS quilt, but you may enter through the south door near the stairs with your refreshments. We will return to our normal location for all events starting Monday, December 6, 2021.