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.
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness provide a valuable exploration of the three characteristics—impermanence (annica), unsatisfactoriness (dukkha), and not self (anatta). Mindfulness practice—presence with equanimity—helps us to gain knowledge and insight that nothing can be held onto as permanent, that all experiences are ultimately unsatisfactory, and that there is no fixed self at the heart of all experience. These insights free the mind of all resistance to things being as they are.