The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
with Isabel Fleury
4-week series: 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12
Pacific Grove Studio
The Buddha is very clear that the primary aim of all his teachings is "the end of suffering". The roots of suffering are within us and the method of eliminating suffering is within us as well. When we practice mindfulness we follow the Buddha's example and look inside. As anyone who tries mindfulness practice quickly discovers, the more aware we are of our actions and of our feelings, thoughts and perceptions that give rise to them, the more insight we have and into why we are doing what we are doing. Mindfulness helps us to recognize that beneficial actions bring peace of mind and happiness in our every day lives, while actions based on hatred, delusion and greed makes us miserable and anxious.
In the series we will be covering the teachings on the Four Foundations from a teaching talk given by the Buddha known as the Satipatthana Sutta, containing the underlying principles of mindfulness practice. The practice of contemplating on (or meditating if you prefer) on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness - mindfulness of the body, feelings, mind and dhammas (or phenomena) is recommended in every step of the spiritual path. In each week we will explore one of the foundations:
1st Mindfulness of the body: breath, four postures, reflections of the body parts.
2nd Mindfulness of feelings: pleasant, unpleasant and neutral, worldly or spiritual.
3rd Mindfulness of Mind: understanding the states of mind, aware of its manifestation, origin and disappearance.
4th Mindfulness of Dhammas: 5 hindrances, the 7 factors of enlightment, the 4 noble truths, the noble 8 fold path
* No previous experience in meditation is required. All levels welcome!
Isabel Fleury is a licensed psychologist and an archetypal astrologer dedicated to the integration of body and mind through Yoga and awareness practices. In 2007 she came to California to study at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, where she still lives and studies with inspirational yoga and meditation teachers: Bernie Clark, Sarah Powers, Silvia Boorstein and James Baraz. Her style is greatly influenced by Yin Yoga and the Buddhist philosophy and practices.