MEDITATION PRACTICE GROUP
Interested in learning how to meditate? Or maybe you have a practice and would like to be with other people on the path for support?
Live in the San Marcos, Texas area?
Meditation is the practice of transforming the mind by using techniques that cultivate clarity and concentration with a gentle, loving and curious approach to seeing the true nature of things. A meditation practice can helps us experience our thoughts, sensations and emotions without identifying with them or believing the “stories” in our heads. We can wake up to our conditioned and habitual thought patterns or habits that cause suffering and become aligned with our heart and body wisdom, our true nature. I know from my own experience that having a “sangha” or spiritual community can make all the difference in the world in having a consistent meditation practice.
There are two types of meditation meetups.
• One follows a typical Vipassana (Insight) sitting group which means you come in quietly, find a cushion or chair and then we will meditate together for 45 minutes followed by tea and cookies.
• The other meet up is a more beginner friendly experimental group with a 20-30 minute meditation which could include sound, walking meditation, candle gazing, vocal toning, guided heart practices, etc. followed by a reading and discussion. Everyone is welcome regardless of what you believe in. You don’t have to be experienced, a Buddhist or know anything about Eastern philosophy, all that matters is the willingness and desire to understand yourself. Come join me and lets explore our inner life together! CLICK LINK BELOW
LEWY BODY DISEASE CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
My father died of this terrible disease 3 years ago. At the time, he was misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s and then Parkinson’s dementia, both which are similar AND very different. Our family not only had to deal with the devastation of dementia, we were in the dark about was was really going on with him. He was having horrible hallucinations (a symptom of LBD) and literally went crazy and violent, having to be restrained at various facilities. It was shocking and heartbreaking. What we didn’t know was that the anti-psychotic drugs that they were giving him, which work for the other types of dementia, have a very adverse effect on people with LBD. Lewy Body is often misdiagnosed because most people and a lot of older doctors don’t even know what it is! LBD is actually the third most common dementia behind Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia, which is due to a stroke.
Because there wasn’t a LBD support group in Austin when I was going through this, I created one after my dad passed away. Our group is very special to me and to the participants. People often share that even though Alzheimer’s support groups are helpful, it’s a very difference experience care giving for someone with Lewy Body.
If you want more information, please check out the national LEWY BODY DEMENTIA ASSOCIATION website.
The Austin Lewy Body Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group meets on the last Saturday of each month from 9:30-11am. Please click on the link below to download the informational flyer.