Insight Meditation classes in Central Ohio
Insight Meditation for Parents
It's no secret that parenting is stressful. Whether our children are in the terrible twos, the harrowing teens or the uncertain twenties, we struggle to know what to do. And even if our children are pretty much perfect, their constant changes can leave us reeling.
We know that meditation can help us relax in the face of stress. But Insight Meditation offers much more, an understanding of ourselves and our responses to our children and others in our lives. For parents seeking to understand and improve their relationships with their children, these techniques and teachings are invaluable.
We will focus on our reactions and responses to our children. We may react to our children with love and compassion. At other times we may experience very different feelings: frustration, exhaustion, anger and jealously and so on. While these emotions may cause us to respond poorly to our children's needs, they are not enemies or failures. They are human responses worthy of exploration and understanding. Insight meditation gives us the tools to do this. We can use breath meditation to find a sense of peace but also to become aware of difficult thoughts and emotions as they arise. Meditations on loving kindness and compassion can help us be aware in the moment when our capacity for kindness toward our children is momentarily sliding away. Meditations on equanimity can help us to see when it is time to rescue our children and when it is time to let them live the consequences of their own decisions.
Insight Meditation or Vipassana is the oldest Buddhist meditation practice. We all know that our minds wander during meditation. Rather than suppressing this wandering mind, Insight Meditation builds our awareness of the mind's workings. It chips away at the wall of our own self delusion toward an awareness of the workings of reality itself.This is an 8-week class with each session lasting 90 minutes. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. The fee is $120.