Being From the Inside Out

An online four week class

with Susan Patrick

Times: Thursdays – 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm (AZ time)
Dates: February 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2024
Please Register by: Tuesday, February 6th

The Buddha taught that realization of the true nature of the body is essential for one’s spiritual development. He states, “Whoever develops & pursues mindfulness immersed in the body, encompasses whatever skillful qualities are on the side of clear knowing.” When we meditate, some of us meditate in our head or above our head. Energetically, we may live in our head or even in front of our body. For some of us, inhabiting our body fully is not safe, due to the tension or trauma stored there.

This online 4-week class is for beginners and experienced meditators and is a series of guided meditations, practices, “stretches” intended to assist us to gently, safely, more fully, inhabit our bodies, in meditation. The first 60 minutes will be guided practices, readings, and the last 15 minutes will be for discussion, sharing, questions, etc…

Recommended reading:
“The Enlightenment Process” and “Fullness of the Ground” both by Judith Blackstone.

“As we become enlightened, we pervade our body as fundamental consciousness… we awaken to the dimension of fundamental consciousness throughout the internal space of our body….. we feel more human… Rather than feeling like an object for other people that may be judged or rejected, embodied spiritual awakening is an experience of our body as pure subjectivity…. This practice can help people shift from an abstract idea of themselves to an actual experience of themselves. And to shift from being aware of their body to inhabiting their body. When we live within the body, a natural coherence emerges, so that we can experience our whole being at once.”
— Judith Blackstone, author of The Enlightenment Process and Trauma and the Unbound Body.

There is NO FEE for this retreat. The teachings of the Buddha have been sustained by the 2,500 year old tradition of dana, a Pali word meaning “generosity.” Our teachers receive no compensation for their services. Retreatants are encouraged to support them by offering donations to them at the retreat’s end. In the act of giving, we develop our ability to let go, cultivate a spirit of caring, and honor our inter-connectedness.

To make a Dana Offering to Susan and/or FIMC, please visit the FIMC Website donation page.

Registration is Required as soon as possible and by Feb 6th!
Online Registration Form

This is an online class and will be held on Thursday evenings from February 8th – 29th, from 6:30pm to 7:45pm (AZ time) Additional information about the retreat (including the zoom link) will be provided to all participants as we get closer to the start of the class.


Susan Patrick has meditated since her teens and has studied with both Vipassana and non-dual teachers. She  has sat several months long retreats at  IMS, Spirit Rock, is a Finders alum, and  completed teacher training in several  traditions.   She is currently in a Realization Process teacher mentoring program.   A retired psychologist and backyard gardener, she can often be found hiking on the San Francisco peaks with her grand puppy, Toast, and husband Steve.

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