Coming home to embodied presence in meditation

By Frank Simmons

The Meditation Center presents: “Coming home to embodied presence in meditation: grounding, uplifting and opening,” an introductory talk by Joan Whitacre, Shambala Buddhist Meditation teacher, somatic-movement therapistand, body-mind centering practitioner, May 8, at 5:30pm, at the Meditation Center, Callejón Blanco 4. As usual, this presentation is offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Many people desire to meditate with dignity and ease. They want to be attentive, to let go of a busy mind, to become peaceful and kinder. But the meditation posture can disturb intention and effort. This workshop provides a wonderful opportunity to new and experienced meditators, to learn how to sit in a grounded, uplifted and opens manner, supporting alertness and relieving discomfort.

Through embodied presence, we manifest basic goodness. Whatever our conditions, well-being radiates. However, most of us are conditioned to withdraw from embodied presence, regarding our bodies as useful, pleasurable or irritating objects. We question intelligence, conceal warmth, reject sensitivity. We hold or back away from feelings, i.e. fear, sadness. This solidifies into deadening “holding patterns” of keeping ourselves together, e.g., rounding our lower backs.

Meditation practice supports our rediscovery of wellbeing, through training us in synchronizing our minds and bodies, our attention and present feelings. But holding patterns affect our posture and practice, impacting focus, energy and motivation. Sooner or later, being still and weathering inner storms may distract us with wandering mind, discomfort and fatigue.

In this workshop, you will learn the what, where and how of mind-body synchronization by giving gentle, precise attention to dormant embodied resources. By using anatomy drawings, movement and touch, you will discover, for example, how to ground yourself through your sitting bones. You will explore uplifting through the space of your torso. Tapping these resources will help to liberate you from postural habits, thus loosening the grip of emotional ones. Coming home, you will truly feel and begin to radiate your wellbeing.

There will be a 2-session workshop, Saturday, May 10, 11am-6pm, at the Center. The charges for the workshop will be 1st session, 350 pesos; full day, 600 pesos. Please call Joan at 755-130-1689 or email her at


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