Dharma Talk: The Magic of the Present Moment

with Erika Bjorum, Shambhala Guide
Thursday, March 1, 6-8 p.m.
 
We are delighted to continue our Dharma Talk series on the first Thursday of the month! The evening includes meditation practice, a talk, discussion, and time for visiting. Tea and snacks will be served.
 
On March 1, join Erika Bjorum for an exploration of the present moment. The practice of meditation is the practice of learning to stay — staying with ourselves, moment by moment, in a courageous and open-hearted way. Our confused minds do their best to take care of us by clinging onto things or pushing things away, fearing that the present moment cannot be enough. By learning to stay, we give ourselves the chance to see what is, and to be here now. And the surprise twist is that the present moment — ourselves as we are right now, the moment just as it is — has a sort of magic to it that can inspire us in wholly unexpected ways.
 
Erika Bjorum has been a Shambhala practitioner since 2006. She has trained at Shambhala Centers in Alaska and Maine and has been a member of the Portland-Brunswick sangha since 2010. As a Shambhala Guide, Erika has co-taught Way of Shambhala classes in Portland and Rockland. She has a varied background as a community organizer, sled dog handler, and farm worker. Erika and her family moved to midcoast Maine in February 2016, and they are excited to have more space to grow food and raise chickens. She is now a full-time mom to her two daughters, and works part-time for Maine-Wabanaki REACH. Erika is also a licensed clinical social worker with a focus on understanding the impact of trauma on mental health and well-being.
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Suggested donation: $15-20
 
Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).