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.
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.