Out of an abundance of caution, we will not be holding in-person sittings or Dharma Talks for the time being. However, just because we can’t meet in person doesn’t mean we can’t connect.
Until we are able to gather again, please join us every Monday at 7pm PST via Zoom. We will follow our usual format – Michael will give a brief intro talk, then a 20 minute sitting, followed by a Dharma talk and Q & A. This worked out well for us last week. Let’s keep leaning in.
Here are the details of how to connect: There are two ways to join the meeting:
1. VIA COMPUTER
Again, if you’ve never downloaded the Zoom app you’ll need to do that BEFORE you can access the meeting. It’s free.
Once you’ve downloaded the app then join the Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 826 589 078
2. VIA PHONE
Call from the USA: 669-900-6833
Call internationally: +1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 826 589 078
Also, reserve your spots for our upcoming retreats.
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Michael McAlister & Infinite Smile
In 2001, the Infinite Smile Sangha came into being as a way for seekers to integrate relevant spiritual practices with 21st century living. It continues today with members of the Sangha (Sanskrit for “community”) working to embody the transformation that they wish to see in the world through the Zen-inspired, meditative practices that Michael McAlister both leads and teaches. He just completed his studies for a Global Executive Doctorate in Education, with his dissertation dealing with the integration of mindfulness practices in US high schools.
Awake In This Life
Written in clear, often humorous prose, Awake In This Life guides readers into leading conscious lives and awakening what is sacred and true in each of us.
Deepening Awareness: The Integration of Mindfulness Practices in United States High Schools
Mindfulness practices build an attentive awareness of the present moment and appear to support the kind of well-being school communities seek to cultivate. Currently there are increases in demands for the services offered by crisis counselors, who work to serve students’ emotional needs. Students are increasingly reporting levels of chronic sadness, hopelessness, and suicidal ideation. This is reflected nationally with high school students around the country reporting increased incidents of stress and depression. Michael’s recent doctoral study deals extensively with this topic.