The Virtues & Challenges of Lying Down Meditation
Online via Zoom with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Rebecca Eldridge
Two Thursdays: January 26 & March 2, 2023, 2-4PM US Eastern
By Donation Only
Recordings will be made available to all registrants

Missed the January 26 session? Register to receive the recording (and to attend the 2nd session on March 2)!

Suggested donation: between US$20 and $50. A single donation will cover both sessions. East Coast Mindfulness will give 80% of the donations received to Edmarc, the first hospice in the US created specifically for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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Classically speaking, there are four formal meditation postures: sitting, standing, walking, and lying down. Yet is seems that sitting gets by far the most attention, even though all four postures can be thought of to a first approximation as different doors into the very same room.

In this workshop, we will focus on the unique virtues of lying down meditations and how such practices can be seamlessly integrated into our daily lives.

When it comes to formal meditation practice, the first thing we usually engage in after the intention itself arises, is to establish an intentional positioning of the body. For most of us, this usually means sitting, and thus, “taking our seat” both literally and metaphorically, with the overriding intention of letting the very carriage of the body and the intrinsic spaciousness of awareness effortlessly embody wakefulness.

That said, there is another posture we find ourselves in, on at least several occasions every day that is equally congenial to cultivating mindfulness in formal practice…namely, lying in bed, especially if we can arrange to be on our backs in what is classically called in yoga, the corpse pose.

Both during the final moments of the day, before “falling asleep” at night, and in the first moments of “waking up” each morning, there is an often overlooked opportunity for practice that has its own unique virtues and potential. When we intentionally assume a supine position, lying on our back, we are perfectly positioned to give ourselves over to this liminal space and practice falling awake.

We often say, as we open our eyes, that we are waking up. But are we, fully? Why not check, and finish the job before getting out of bed each morning? There are almost no obstacles to that.

Of course, we can also intentionally practice lying down meditations at any point in the day as well that might be congenial. But the first moments of the day, and the last, are perfect moments for befriending and developing this practice.

What might we discover if instead of trying to simply shake off the day and fall asleep each night, then, trying to shake off sleep each morning to get on with our day, we decided to pause right inside of these two moments, lying in bed exactly as we are, and practice?

Join Jon Kabat-Zinn and Rebecca Eldridge on Thursday, January 26th as they discuss the virtues, challenges, and opportunities of lying down meditation. Jon will also guide a brief period of lying down practice, and engage in dialogue with the participants about their experiences. This is an excellent opportunity to explore inwardly and outwardly what lying down meditation practices might hold for you.

Then, return on Thursday, March 2nd for a follow-up session in which we will share our experiences and both the virtues and challenges of this kind of mindfulness practice.

Can't make it to the live sessions? No problem. Register anyway—recordings of both sessions will be available through the end of April.

You can find out more about Edmarc in this short video.

Please note that all times shown are in US Eastern Time:

Dates Times
Session 1:
Thursday,
January 26
2:00-4:00PM
Session 2:
Thursday,
March 2
2:00-4:00PM

Participation in this workshop is by donation only. We suggest a donation of between US$20 and $50, but no amount below or above the suggested donation will be turned down. A single donation will cover both sessions.

East Coast Mindfulness will give 80% of the donations received to Edmarc, the first hospice in the US created specifically for children with life-threatening illnesses. You can find out more about Edmarc here—and more about their annual "Santa Run," where they partner with police, fire and EMS in nine cities of Hampton Roads, Virginia, to deliver Santa to families’ homes with presents for the whole family, here.

Register by making your donation via PayPal or Stripe using one of the buttons below. We suggest a donation of between US$20 and $50, but no amount below or above the suggested donation will be turned down. A single donation will cover both sessions.

You will receive a “thank you” email when you donate, and your slot for both sessions will be reserved. Prior to the January 26th session, you will receive another email with your Zoom link to use for both sessions: Jan 26 and March 2.

Note: To reserve a slot for additional participants in your household, please submit the donation for the additional person(s) by going through the checkout process for each of them.

You will be asked to provide your phone number and e-mail address during the donation process—this is so we can contact you should there be any changes to the schedule, etc.

You do not need a PayPal or Stripe account in order to use your credit card to make your donation (if you are using PayPal, you may need to select the "Checkout as Guest" option to use a credit card).

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  • Schedule

    Please note that all times shown are in US Eastern Time:

    Dates Times
    Session 1:
    Thursday,
    January 26
    2:00-4:00PM
    Session 2:
    Thursday,
    March 2
    2:00-4:00PM
  • Cost

    Participation in this workshop is by donation only. We suggest a donation of between US$20 and $50, but no amount below or above the suggested donation will be turned down. A single donation will cover both sessions.

    East Coast Mindfulness will give 80% of the donations received to Edmarc, the first hospice in the US created specifically for children with life-threatening illnesses. You can find out more about Edmarc here—and more about their annual "Santa Run," where they partner with police, fire and EMS in nine cities of Hampton Roads, Virginia, to deliver Santa to families’ homes with presents for the whole family, here.

  • Register

    Register by making your donation via PayPal or Stripe using one of the buttons below. We suggest a donation of between US$20 and $50, but no amount below or above the suggested donation will be turned down. A single donation will cover both sessions.

    You will receive a “thank you” email when you donate, and your slot for both sessions will be reserved. Prior to the January 26th session, you will receive another email with your Zoom link to use for both sessions: Jan 26 and March 2.

    Note: To reserve a slot for additional participants in your household, please submit the donation for the additional person(s) by going through the checkout process for each of them.

    You will be asked to provide your phone number and e-mail address during the donation process—this is so we can contact you should there be any changes to the schedule, etc.

    You do not need a PayPal or Stripe account in order to use your credit card to make your donation (if you are using PayPal, you may need to select the "Checkout as Guest" option to use a credit card).

    PayPal:

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REFUND POLICY:
No refunds, as these sessions will be recorded for those in attendance and for those who can’t make it to the live sessions. Access to the recordings of both sessions will be available through the end of April.

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