This blog contains announcements, insights and articles from the Insight Meditation Community of Washington

The Possibility of Awakening

I imagine that, like me, most of you are living with the mix of fears and sorrows that appropriately come with a global pandemic. In the face of real danger and loss, it’s crucial to honor the intelligence of these feelings, and to meet them with as much mindfulness, gentleness and compassion as you can.

IMCW Seeking New Board Members

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) seeks new members for its board of directors, including executive committee positions. To recruit new members, IMCW has begun a targeted outreach plus this open call for applications from students, teachers and supporters....

Creating Mindful Classrooms

Twenty-one second graders at Maury Elementary School on Capitol Hill sit cross-legged on brightly colored mats. The lights are dimmed as Jennifer Jordan walks in.  “How is everyone feeling today? Can I get a thumbs up or down?” On this Monday morning in early February, most of the students are having a good day. They are happy to see Jen, their mindfulness instructor, for their weekly mindfulness lesson.   The class begins with some mindful movement: Mountain Pose, a Qi Gong exercise called Painting the Fence, Lemonade Squeeze, and Tree Pose for balance. “Put your hands out and support your neighbor,” Jen calls out. “Sometimes we need help.”

IMCW Visioning 2.0: Progress Report

Over the past several months, the IMCW Visioning Team conducted 46 focus groups with an estimated 165 participants associated with IMCW’s many classes, activities, groups, affinity sanghas, and other offerings and communities. Thanks so much to all of you who have lent your voice to articulating what IMCW can become!