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Eagle County meditation instructor offers 21-day meditation challenge

Karen Anderson.
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What: 21-Day May Meditation Challenge, an introduction to mindfulness meditation by Karen Anderson.

Where: Anywhere.

When: May 2015.

Cost: $35 suggested donation.

More information: Download 21 15-minute recorded guided meditations with Karen Anderson, accessible from your phone or computer. Learn the basics of mindfulness meditation and develop a daily practice.

VAIL — Interested in beginning a meditation practice, but not sure where to start? Prefer to practice on your own schedule in the comfort of your home? Join folks across the Vail Valley and beyond for an introduction to mindfulness meditation. Receive 21 15-minute audio recordings of guided meditations by local instructor Karen Anderson, to practice from your computer or phone. Suggested donation is $35.

Mindfulness was developed by the Buddha 2,550 years ago and is a growing part of our modern culture. The practice of mindfulness has recently been proven to decrease stress and improve physical health. Traditionally, mindfulness has been used to radically transform our relationship with ourselves and others, resulting in peaceful and harmonious living.

Mindfulness can be defined as nonjudgmental present-time awareness. Frequently, we attempt to bypass our current experience — getting busy or dulling our mind — to avoid what might potentially be unpleasant. In doing so, we miss the opportunity to be skillful with such experiences. Mindfulness meditation cultivates the ability to stay with our experience with calm clarity. When we are relaxed and alert to what is happening, we have the opportunity to enjoy and potentially transform our current experience using the full creative spectrum of our minds.

This curriculum assumes no previous meditation experience and is designed to provide a foundation for ongoing practice after the 21 days. If you have questions about this program, email Anderson at karene@vail.net before Thursday. She will be unavailable in silent meditation retreat from Friday through May 23 and then available to answer your meditation questions by email the week of May 24.


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Anderson has completed eight month-long silent meditation retreats in Asia and the U.S. She is empowered and certified to teach basic meditation by Noah Levine in the lineage of Jack Kornfield.

To participate in the 21-Day Meditation Challenge, visit http://www.yoga vail.net/21-days and make your donation. You will receive a confirmation email with a password, allowing you access to the http://www.yogavail.net/audio page containing the 21 meditations. The meditations will be available for the entire month of May.

All participants who complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing for a free weekend pass to the Zen Project in Eagle Sept. 18-20. The Zen Project is a weekend festival to celebrate the softer side of yoga. Go to http://www.eagleyogafest.com to check out the lineup.

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