Meditation Book Group Selects Next Book

Members of a Payson group studying meditation include (from left) Shari Cowell, Ellie Fitzpatrick, Judy Hazelett, Diane DiMaggio, Alex Pfister, Kimberly Chambers, Jane Harris and Claudette Nadeau.

Members of a Payson group studying meditation include (from left) Shari Cowell, Ellie Fitzpatrick, Judy Hazelett, Diane DiMaggio, Alex Pfister, Kimberly Chambers, Jane Harris and Claudette Nadeau.

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The Meditation Book Group on Jan. 28 will begin coverage of “Falling into Grace — the End of Suffering,” a focus that will continue for until June 3. The group meets two Mondays each month from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Payson Public Library.

The 12-person group has been gathering since 2010. For a 15-minute meditation period and conversation of an assigned chapter.

The author of “Falling into Grace” (available on Amazon for $12) states he has found that the simpler the teaching, the greater its power to change our lives. The book explores:

• The choice to stop believing thoughts that perpetuate suffering.

• Stepping into the pure potential of the present moment.

• Experiences one may encounter along their process.

• Feeling connected with every part of our experience.

• True autonomy — the unique expression of our own sense of freedom.

Facilitator Kimberly Chambers said “This is a clear and powerful book that can help us see our ‘normal’ ways of creating our own suffering. We just don’t realize we’re doing this until an insightful teacher/author points it out, and we seriously contemplate the truth of the teaching.”

Chambers recommends a new, more progressive form of meditation. “Awareness Meditation” promotes an attitude of opening for the meditator, rather than a closing down.

A retired educator who has been holding book groups for 20 years, Chambers has lived in Payson since 2005. For information, call her at 478-6803.

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