Welcome To The Frederick Meditation Center!
The Frederick Meditation Center is located in downtown Frederick, MD just above The Tasting Room restaurant. We welcome new and experienced meditators, and offer a variety of meditation classes and workshops. If you are new to meditation don't worry - we were new once too - and will take the time to make you feel welcome, and answer any questions you have.
Specialty workshops and programs are offered year-round, and private meditation and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions can be scheduled with our founder, Heather Stang. We are grateful you have found us, and welcome you into the community!
Relax & Release Stress in the New Year! 4 week introductory course with in-class and home practice. During this four-week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation course, you will learn basic mindfulness techniques and discuss how they can reduce your stress and increase compassion. Home practice assignments will help you incorporate mindfulness into your lifestyle. In addition to feeling better, your body will be better equipped to fight off illness.
Part of the Meditation for Caregivers: Self-Care Workshop Series. Most of us spend a good amount of time trying to “think” our way out of stress, but more often than not it is our relationship to our own thoughts that is stressing us out in the first place. Trying “not to think” about our stress can be just as taxing, so how are we supposed to cope with caregiver stress? The Relaxation Response is a different – yet highly effective – way to reverse the negative effects of stress on your body. Accessed by a very simply meditation technique, the Relaxation Response evokes the physiological exact opposite of the stress response known as “fight or flight.” It is characterized by decreased metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing, as well as a calm mind, increased focus and ability to make decisions, and changes in gene activity opposite of those associated with stress.
4 week course w/ Jerry Webster. With inspiration from the book Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Yourself Through Meditation and Everyday Awareness by Chogyam Trungpa, we’ll discuss and practice this journey of using mindfulness and meditation techniques to slowly allow the mind to relax within itself and let go of struggling with ourselves. We learn how to be awake in the present moment. With guided weekly lessons and discussion topics, we’ll put into practice how it is only by living in the present that one can truly live one’s life and be content with one’s life. This course is open to both new and long-time meditation practitioners. It will allow participants to begin a new practice or to deepen one if one has already established a practice.
Part of the Meditation for Caregivers: Self-Care Workshop Series. As caregivers, we choose to provide whole-hearted care to those who are in need of compassion. However, tending to our own suffering is often placed on the back burner. Even when faced with our own personal loss and hardships, we often turn away from our suffering and “push through” the pain. This can overwhelm our stress response system and in turn contribute to depression, anxiety, stress-related illnesses, and even lead to professional burnout. This workshop will explore how self-compassion—in other words, simply treating ourselves as we would a beloved friend—can help us manage our difficult emotions, reduce our suffering, and exemplify self-care for both clients and colleagues alike.
5 Week Book Discussion and Practice Group. Self-Compassion is the key to a happy and healthy life, yet in our culture it is so elusive. Fortunately, the practice of self-compassion can rewire your brain so that you can “tend and befriend” yourself. Each week Heather will lead you in a guided meditation from the book, followed by group discussion about how the practice and concepts in Kristin Neff’s book Self-Compassion are impacting our lives “off the mat.”
Part of the Meditation for Caregivers: Self-Care Workshop Series. You may be familiar by now with the physical, emotional and psychological stress that are the unfortunate side‐effects of caring for a loved one with dementia. As if the pain of someone dear to you wasn’t difficult enough, your own body and mind may begin to suffer as you use your own precious resources to care for them. Left unchecked, this constant exposure to the stress response known as fight‐or‐flight can compromise your health. The good news is that the practice of mindfulness meditation can actually reverse the negative impact of stress on your body, cultivate more compassion for yourself and others, and even shrink your amygdala – the fear center of your brain.
Drop In! All Visitors Are Welcome. The Dharma Book Study Group will read and examine literature that presents the Dharma in a way that relates to our lived lives. We use the phrase “read and examine” because we are not reading books for truth as much for insight about the nature of our lives in particular and human experience in general. So we read and question the texts to gain knowledge and understanding of things that can bring about a greater flourishing of our lives.
Offered Weekly By Donation ($10-$20 Suggested). The class begins with a period of lightly guided meditation, which is followed by a period of sharing and discussion about mindfulness and Buddhist principles. The class closes with a period of silent meditation, which may be practiced seated or walking. Led by Adam Silcott, an affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.