Presented by

Shell Fischer

Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Talk Series: Talk 1 - Mindfulness of Body

For thousands of years, the famous Satipatthana Sutra has been used as a powerful and profound spiritual road map. Contained within it are the rich teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, which the Buddha himself called the “direct path to enlightenment.” In essence, this sutra is the very basis and ground of our entire practice, and diving deep into its teachings is exactly what can lead us out of suffering, and into more freedom, joy, and ease in our lives.

During this series of talks, Shell will explore each of these Four Foundations in more depth. This first talk -- Mindfulness of Body -- is the grounding foundation, where we begin. By practicing mindfulness of the body, we are asked to see “the body IN the body,” and to recognize that it is not a solid entity, but made up of parts that are impermanent, constantly changing, and “not self” (anatta). It is here where we discover that our entire spiritual life is em-bodied, and that we experience everything from this sacred place of home.