Groups I participate in and supportive people I know.
Supportive Meetup Groups
Leaven Community Center
5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR
Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (meditation and discussion)
10:30 (ish) (snacks and conversation) Admission: Free (donations to support the Leaven Community Center accepted but not solicited)
The meditation consists of two twenty-minute seated sessions broken up by one ten-minute free-range (walking, yoga, sitting or other silent) meditation. This is a great place to practice the exercises from this blog, check-in with any questions and offer me feedback.
If you choose to leave after meditation, you can enjoy the company of others without saying a word! Stick around for the discussion (which usually involves secular mindful approaches to everyday challenges). And hang out with us for snacks and conversation afterward if you like.
412B SE 50th Ave
Portland, OR (at back of driveway) Admission: Varies.
This group offers an opportunity to reach out and connect with others in learning and practicing the The Work of Byron Katie, written meditation techniques to identify and question stress-producing thoughts.
Vancouver Yoga & Mindfulness Center
1101 Broadway St #216
2108 NE 41st Ave.
Nancy Boros was trained through the MBSR Teacher Training, Center for Mindfulness (CFM) with University of Massachusetts Medical School, she is a CFM Qualified MBSR Teacher offering the full 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, a secular and evidence-based stress reduction program developed by Jon Kabat Zinn, PhD.
If social anxiety makes the thought of connecting in groups stressful, one-on-one options are available.
One-On-One Cuddle Sessions
Cuddle Up to Me
Initial 30-minute Consultation: Free
Rates: $60-$80 per hour
For the touch-deprived, nurturing platonic touch can be beneficial for decreased depression, stress, insomnia, anxiety, insulin resistance, and addiction. It can boost self-esteem, social ease calmness, and trust. Outside of massage, there are few socially acceptable ways (especially for men) to receive platonic touch and even fewer ways to give it.