ZOOM Meeting (See Details Below)
Thursday March 26, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Led by Keila Franks
This session will explore the role of ease in our meditation practice as a counterweight to ingrained patterns that lead to stress and suffering. During these unpredictable and challenging times, it can be helpful to notice our fear that causes us to hold on to our desire for control and certainty so tightly, and we will discuss the importance of having compassion for ourselves when we are stuck in the grips of fear. In this session, we will explore how to bring skillful, “heartful” effort to our meditation practice and what it means to have an easeful approach to our practice, while still appropriately honoring the weight of suffering in our lives and society.
In this session, discussions and guided meditations will offer participants a chance to examine the times when a goal-oriented, serious approach to meditation may have inadvertently increased self-focus and suffering. We will also discuss how our conditioned patterns reflect larger systems in our society, specifically how many of us have internalized the pressures of capitalism and how we have deeply ingrained identities as producers and consumers. The session will offer practices and guided meditations that can help cut through these ingrained patterns and help participants ring more ease into their meditation practice.
This session will be led by Keila Franks. Keila is the Director of Medicaid Policy Advocacy at the Tennessee Justice Center, focusing on advocating for protecting and expanding Medicaid in Tennessee. She started meditating over 10 years ago and began attending the weekly meditations at One Dharma Nashville while in high school. She has been an active member of the One Dharma sangha since moving back to Nashville in 2015, participating in many of One Dharma’s retreats and advanced practitioner classes. In December 2018, she completed One Dharma’s Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and Facilitator course, and she is one of the facilitators of One Dharma’s Introduction to Meditation classes on Saturday mornings.