Meditation Instructors Ellensburg WA

To start, find a quiet place with minimal distractions where you can sit or lie down with ease. Begin by breathing deeply and emptying the mind of cluttering thoughts. When you are in a relaxed state, start to form a picture of yourself pregnant or holding a baby. What do you see? How do you feel? Are there colors?

Ellensburg Zen Center, Ecumenical Church of Ellensburg
(509) 925-4216
400 N. Anderson St.
Ellensburg, WA
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Pemakilaya Tibetan Buddhist Center
(206) 323-6108
1414 Spring Street
Seattle, WA
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Tibetan Vajrayana

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Northwest Vipassana Center -- Dhamma Kunja
(360) 978-5434
P. O. Box 345
Ethel, WA
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Vipassana

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Ocean of Compassion
PO Box 11038
Olympia, WA
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Puget Sound Zen Center
(206) 463-4332
Human Touch Studio
Vashon, WA
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Zen - Rinzai

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Red Cedar Zen Community
(360) 312-7088
1021 N. Forest St.
Bellingham, WA
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Zen - Soto

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Bellingham Insight Meditation Society
(360) 758-7260
1011 N. State St., Suite 300
Bellingham, WA
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Vipassana

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Dharma Friendship Foundation
3204 W Lynn
Seattle, WA
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Tibetan

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Zen Center of Spokane
(509) 534-2617
35 West Main Avenue
Spokane, WA
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Karma Thegsum Choling Seattle
(206) 328-7472
727 19th Avenue
Seattle, WA
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Tibetan Karma Kagyu

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Meditation on Ambivalence

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Meditation on Ambivalence


Not sure what you want? Try this visualization for a little clarity.

It’s not unusual to feel conflicted when it comes to thinking about pregnancy and parenthood. Many women coping with fertility issues find they feel better when they examine their feelings about pregnancy, either by meditating, going to therapy, or by joining an infertility support group, especially one that’s mind/body directed. Joel Evans offers this visualization.

To start, find a quiet place with minimal distractions where you can sit or lie down with ease. Begin by breathing deeply and emptying the mind of cluttering thoughts. When you are in a relaxed state, start to form a picture of yourself pregnant or holding a baby. What do you see? How do you feel? Are there colors? What is the light like? Focus on the image, paying close attention to its details and the emotions that come up while it is in your mind’s eye. Are you happy? Sad? Excited? Ambivalent? Tired? Energized?

When you have s strong sense of the image and feelings it inspires, stay with it for a few minutes and then start to come back to the world around you. Take some time to either draw or write down what you saw and felt. Try not to judge yourself or censor your feelings—there are no right or wrong answers, just your experience as it was. This exercise is not about changing anything; it’s about identifying all of your emotions and gaining clarity about what’s important to you at this point in your life.

Reprinted, with permission, from The Whole Pregnancy Handbook by Joel M. Evans, MD, Ob/Gyn with Robin Aronson (Gotham Books, 2005). All rights reserved

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