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Group Meditation

When: Mondays at 8:30 am & Thursdays at 7:30 pm

Cost: Donations gratefully accepted

Instructor: Dean SolonSolon945@aol.com

Meditation can be described as “an abiding in one’s natural state, without mental complications.”

During these group meditations, led by Dean Solon, we will be cultivating and sharing clarity and compassion—an unfolding awareness and mindfulness—which may be summed up with this simple expression:  a knowing of things as they are.

Dean opens meditation by sharing a reflection or meditation exercise and then invites participants to join him in silent meditation. The meditation is followed by time for reflection by all members of the group.

The morning meditation is a gentle way to get centered and welcome the morning—and promotes resiliency throughout the day ahead. Evening meditation is a relaxed and supportive way to wind down at the end of the day and come together in community.

For more information, join our Meetup group, call The Resiliency Center at (215) 233-2002, or email instructor Dean Solon at Solon945@aol.com.

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Dean Solon

Meditation Group Leader

Dean Solon

Dean Solon

Dean began to meditate during the winter of 1970-1971 after a series of experiences—external and internal—had led him to question the assumptions underlying his life.  Since that time, he has continued with a meditation practice, sitting twice a day, every day.

He has studied many of the world wisdom traditions, with particular emphasis on the teachings of the Buddha and Jesus, and in the shamanic and Sufi traditions. For the past four years he has been leading a weekly meditation group.

For more than 32 years he worked for the Social Security Administration, meeting with clients who were applying for and receiving SSI benefits (the needs-based program administered by the agency).

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Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC

JenPerryJen Perry is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Life Coach, and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher.

Jen Perry holds Masters Degrees in Psychology in Education from the University of Pennsylvania (2000) and in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University (2006).

A Heartful Approach to Helping

Jen Perry builds on her clients’ values and strengths and teaches them mindfulness and creative problem-solving skills, empowering them to find authentic self-expression in the world. Her approach balances the desire for personal growth and change with acceptance and loving-kindness for self and others.

In all her work, Jen brings a gentle and big hearted presence to assist with the overall health and well being of her clients. She has her own dedicated mindfulness practice, which she considers a vital component of her work.

For over fifteen years, Jen has worked in a variety of settings including schools, wilderness and residential programs for teens, employee assistance programs, hospital units including inpatient and outpatient oncology, emergency medicine, and private practice.  She has assisted individuals, families, and groups facing difficult challenges.

These have included:

  • people struggling to manage anger and resolve conflicts well;
  • adolescents coming of age in this fast-paced and sometimes overwhelming world; and
  • individuals coping with major life transitions, such as parenting at all stages, college-age transitions, life after trauma, adjusting to health changes and disability, and end of life issues.

Jen is acutely sensitive to cultural, religious, and lifestyle differences.

Psychotherapy

Mindfulness and Acceptance-based in-person psychotherapy helps heal the body and mind with gentleness and insightful techniques that support the whole person. Using heartfelt values as an anchor, therapy is a process by which we creatively build on personal strengths to overcome trauma and major life transitions, grief and loss, learned patterns of anxiety and depression, and problematic ways of relating to self and others.

Peaceful Parent Coaching

Jen offers a ten week coaching program for parents seeking to parent consistently from a place of love and not fear. She teaches parents to identify their triggers, work constructively with anger, and build skills to enhance communication and connection between parent and child. Parents learn how to coach their children through tantrums and to set limits that peacefully stick based on family values instead of threats. A peaceful home is possible!

Life Coaching

Heartful Life Coaching helps people to awaken to the wisdom of kindness and compassion in their lives so that they can live, work, and love with balance and heart. Whether your goals are to parent from the heart, meet life and work demands with mindful balance, or stretch yourself to manifest your dearest life dreams, coaching can help you become more mindful, more compassionate, think creatively, overcome obstacles, and be held accountable each step of the way. Sessions are typically held over the phone.

Mindfulness and Meditation Programs

Jen has developed and led a variety of Meditation and Mindfulness classes and comprehensive programs.

Upcoming Offerings

Everyday Mindfulness Meditation

Many people are convinced that they cannot meditate. Come to this class and discover that everyone can meditate everyday. Mindfulness Meditation has been scientifically proven to have robust psychological and physical benefits even at the beginning of its practice. Learn to use these simple but powerful techniques throughout the day to skillfully meet life’s ups and downs.

Meeting your Self: Becoming your own Best Friend

Most of us believe that being kind to others is important. However, most of us treat ourselves with a degree of disdain and harshness with which we would never dream of treating someone else. In this class students will learn techniques designed to cultivate true acceptance, compassion and friendliness towards ourselves.

Mindfulness and Acceptance Training for Moms

Is being a mom harder than you ever imagined? Along with all the joy that becoming a mother brings there is also a whole new world of worry, guilt, and self-doubt. This can surprise and bewilder even the most dedicated mother. Moms often suffer in silence.  In Mindfulness and Acceptance Training for Moms you will gain support and learn techniques to witness and attend to your fears with love and gentleness so that you can truly be present as a person and a parent. Join us whether your child is 3, 3 months, or 30!

Radical Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals

Dedicating our lives to helping others is a noble and loving livelihood. However, caring for others and ignoring our own needs eventually leads to burnout and can sap the joy out of even the most promising career. Many of us have blocks when it comes to self-care. We know what we need to do but often have trouble taking the necessary steps to actually doing it. In Radical Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals you will receive support and learn techniques to meet yourself in new and caring ways.

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