Sue’s Mindfulness Classes Available

Sue is now offering mindfulness classes: Introduction to MIndfulness and Threefold Mindfulness Training (The Eightfold Path). Typically classes last from 70 minutes to 2 hours and continue in a series for 6 to 8 sessions; day-long classes are a possibility.  For more information, Email sue@storiesmatter.comSue started meditating in 1976, and practicing mindfulness in daily life in 2009 with Dr. Thynn Thynn, having taken all of her classes. Sue is a mindfulness teacher in training through UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. She has completed The Foundations of Well-Being year long course with Dr. Rick Hanson, and The Year of the Awakened Heart course with Dr. Shefali Tsabary. Sue has a master in Cultural Resources Management (Anthropology) and a background in child development and holistic health. She has applied mindfulness based behavioral interventions with Early Start infants and toddlers, and special needs students K-12. Sue is the author of Dancing with Your Baby: The Science of Nurturing Infant and Caregiver through Music and Movement (2017).


Introduction to Mindfulness Class–Course Description
This course introduces the student to the “practice” of mindfulness in daily life. It is informed by theories and practices that draw from a confluence of contemplative traditions, science, and the major disciplines of medicine, psychology, and education. Instruction will be on learning to pay attention to and self-regulation of every experience of the body and mind.

Six themes will be covered: mindfulness of the breath, body, thoughts and feelings, loving kindness and compassion, emotions, and integrating the practices. Each class will follow a similar format: welcome & check-in; short guided mediation; talk by the instructor; mindfulness exercise; processing the exercise (sharing) and Q & A; closing words, homework (not written), and short sit.


Threefold Mindfulness Training (The Eightfold Path)

This course focuses on how to bring the fundamental practices into daily life using the Noble Eightfold Path (EFP) as a working model. By the end of the course, you will be practicing and integrating all the factors of the EFP. The threefold aspects of the path: Wisdom, Conduct, and Concentration, giving rise to Insight, will be approached by looking at the following:

  1. Mindfulness of Cause & Effect
  2. Mindfulness of the 6 Roots
  3. Mindfulness of Right Communication
  4. Right Conduct & Livelihood
  5.  Middle Way of Practice
  6. Staying in the Moment
  7. Mindfulness and Clear Comprehension
  8. Reflection on 8-fold Path

‣ General Class Structure (example)

‣ Community gathering—welcome 10:30 ‣ Grounding, silent meditation (10 min)

‣ Overview: Logistics, rules…(5 min)

‣ Check-in—Participant introductions… (30 min)

‣ 30-40 minute talk (with exercise or guided meditation) (40 min)

‣ Reflections, discussion, Q & A (10-15 min)

‣ Wrap-Up; Practice theme for homework (10 min)

‣ 5 – 10 mins of silence to ‘BE’ together,  (5-10 min)

12:20-12:25 ‣ Close with a guided Metta Meditation (5 min)

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