Guest blog submission by The McLean Meditation Institute

McLean Meditation InstituteThe McLean Meditation Institute announces a new series:  Living with Compassion, a 6-week series which focuses on the history and modern applications of the science of compassion and empathy, and practices to increase compassion taught by Lisa Doskocil, the founder of PEACE of Northern Arizona (Project for Empathy and Compassion Education).

“On college campuses around the country, we have the ability to take classes in a wide range of topics, yet receiving an education in compassion has been relegated to parents and religious clergy, if taught at all. That’s why I am so excited to bring this type of education to anyone who desires it!” says Doskocil, who lives and teaches in in Flagstaff.

This program was originally designed for psychology college students to provide education in a history and the science of compassion and empathy today, while sharing with them proven techniques to increase the students’ rate of compassion. The program is now recommended for anyone experiencing compassion fatigue or just hoping to increase their empathic connection with the world.

MeditationBeginning February 15, the series is offered every Saturday from 10:00 am-12:30 pm at the McLean Meditation Institute’s center. The cost is $15 a class, or $75 for the entire series. To register call (928) 204-0067. Space is limited.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion,” says the Dalai Lama. “He could be right!” insists the director of the McLean Meditation Institute, Sarah McLean. “This is why we are thrilled to be hosting this program.” McLean says the center’s weekly meditation gatherings and discussions have become a destination for residents of the Sedona area as well as visitors from around the world. Most are offered for a nominal fee or by donation. Here are some details of additional weekly programs offered.

Tuesdays 3:00–4:30 pm: Personal Spirituality – Exploring the Wonder & Sharing the Search is led by Barbara Mayer, an InterFaith/InterSpiritual minister, former Catholic nun, and author of Beyond Religion. Her program offers meaningful discussion on a variety of spiritual topics as well as a meditative experience.

Lisa Doskocil Tuesdays 6:00—7:30 pm: Self-Inquiry & Meditation to Connect to the Field of Love is led by Martin Birrittella, the author of the Field of Love and founder of the Free Process. Marty conducts a meditation and Q & A session.

Thursdays 9:00—10:30 am: Self-Inquiry & Meditation to Connect to the Field of Love is led by Martin Birrittella, the author of the Field of Love and founder of the Free Process. Marty conducts a meditation and Q & A session.

Sundays 2:00—2:45 pm: Community Guided Meditation with a Meditation Mentor is a chance to experience meditation for any level. The gathering offers simple meditation guidance and various meditation practices such as a Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, or Gratitude Meditation.

Sundays at 4pm: Silent Meditation for Experienced Meditators. Hosted by the center, experienced meditators can join a silent self-directed 30-minute meditation gathering and must arrive on time to join in.

“There’s a terrific event coming up in February—a multimedia presentation with Philip Goldberg, acclaimed presenter and author of American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West. His book is one of my favorites!” says McLean.

On Friday February 28 at 7:00 pm at the Sedona Creative Life Center the public is invited for The Beatles & the Vedas It’s an evening of spiritual insight and inspiration with music and videos of the Beatles’ spiritual journey, a journey which legitimized meditation and instrumental in spreading yogic teachings throughout the West. The program is $10. Philip also offers an afternoon workshop on March 1 at the McLean Meditation center, American Veda and the Great Yogic Transmissions that Changed the World. Anyone interested in program details is invited to call (928) 204-0067.

McLean Meditation Institute’s center is located at 411 State Route 179, in the Garland Building at the junction of Schnebly Hill Road and Hwy 179. It’s open 1-5 Tuesday through Sunday.

Visiting the center can make any one feel more peaceful as they find displays of greeting cards, hand-crafted jewelry, and vibrant, inspirational hand-crafted art by nationally acclaimed Arizona artists. The bird’s eye view from the second-story windows reveals the red rock landscape and towering cottonwoods that line the Oak Creek. It’s a magical place that 13-year Sedona resident and best-selling Hay House author, Sarah McLean welcomes anyone to experience.

The McLean Meditation Institute offers monthly meditation classes, weekend meditation retreats and is also a professional training institute which certifies meditation teachers internationally.


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McLean Meditation Institute

411 Hwy 179, Sedona, Arizona 86336

(928) 204-0067