The Art of Solitude – Second Sunday Circle, The Seven Steps to Freedom: Understanding How to Balance Your Life

The Art of Solitude – Second Sunday Circle

Class Dates & Times: Sunday, August 11, from 2:00 to 3:45 p.m.

Solitude is a way of being that can be cultivated like an art form with dedication, focus, and precision. It is a beautiful mindfulness practice that assists us in maintaining presence. It can be practiced as a state of wonder, meditation, contemplation, reflection, imagination, and inspiration. This cultivation can lead us to dwell in a tranquil state of mind that fosters a way to engage wholeheartedly and creatively with ourselves and our world.

For some, solitude becomes associated with a type of loneliness, yet when this occurs it is most likely because the practice is not fully engaged. Although we may be alone when we are practicing or experiencing solitude, it can also happen spontaneously in meditation with a group of people, or when out in nature with friends. In the Buddhist tradition it is looked upon as a practice, a way of life.

The Second Sunday Circle is a monthly gathering to explore diverse topics relating to spiritual perspective, path, and practice in an experiential and conversational format. Long-time and brand-new Sol Center friends are welcome.

About This Class: The path of liberation put forth by the Buddha is not one of self-judgment, grasping, or acquisitiveness, but rather, one of balance. If we can bring our system into balance, we can discover freedom, love, and compassion emerging into the forefront of our lives. One fundamental way this balance is known is through The Seven Steps to Freedom: mindfulness, investigation, effort and energy, joy, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity. Over the next seven weeks, we will emphasize practical ways of developing and balancing these qualities.

Lhasha Tizer, MS. is a certified Community Dharma Leader trained in Insight Meditation through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is a long-time practitioner and teacher of meditation and mindfulness, studying for 46 years, and has been teaching Buddhist Studies since 2010. Through Desert Insight Meditation, her teaching community, she offers classes, book groups, and retreats at Tucson Community Meditation Center and beyond. In her private practice, The Mindfulness Path, Lhasha guides, consults, and provides individual instruction in mindful living, meditation practices, and mindful inquiry. Lhasha has a diverse background with a teaching certificate in “Chado”, The Japanese Way of Tea, with roots in Zen Buddhism. She has practiced as a Holistic Health Counselor, a Holistic nutritionist specializing in tea nutrition, and is a co-author of the book “Tea Here Now.” She is devoted to sharing the benefits of her personal studies and practices through her teachings with others, to enrich their lives with caring, non-harming, love, well-being, peace, and happiness.

Sol Center Fee: $30/session. Sol member discount applicable

*No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. These 2,600-year-old teachings of the Buddha are supported by Dana or Generosity. You are invited to give generously what you can to Lhasha to continue to support her in her teachings.

Where: Sol Center, 527 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ

To register, go to the Sol Center website.