Sharon Allen is a long time practitioner and teacher of mindfulness meditation and different forms of movement. She taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for many years. Sharon leads several on-going meditation groups that explore spiritual development through meditation, study, and reflection. Sharon encourages the integration of mindfulness in dealing with life’s ever-changing events. When it is suitable, Sharon offers the movement practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong to enhance mindfulness. These movement practices can be adapted and are beneficial for people with varied physical capabilities.
Sharon Allen gave the fourth talk in a eleven-week series titled "Ten Perfections", on the topic of Patience. Patience is a valued human characteristic because wisdom shows us the sorrow and suffering we encounter when we are impatient. Mindfulness must be engaged to act with patience.
The First Noble Truth is how Buddha explained dukkha - the truth of suffering. Dukkha refers to the physical and mental stress that human beings encounter in the process of living. But it means something deeper than pain and misery. It is referring to the mental habit of reacting to our experiences. We need to fully recognize and understand when suffering is present as part of the path to liberation.
Sharon Allen gave the third talk in a four-week series titled "Cultivating Mindfulness". The topic was: the place for skillful thoughts in meditation. Knowing how to bring mindfulness to the thinking process is an important foundational practice for any meditator.
Sharon Allen gave the second talk in a eight-week series titled "Seven Factors of Awakening". She discusses how the power of investigation is essential to letting go of harmful states of mind and to nurture beneficial states of mind. When we know this for ourselves, we have increased confidence in the path and are prompted to put more energy into our practice and understanding. This puts us on the path to liberation.