LifeArt Meditation with Lezlie Laws

In addition to our weekly Sangha, we invite you to join the monthly LifeArt Meditation Group, offered on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

In these sessions we explore the habits of the mind and the structures of living that allow us to live with more presence, more clarity about what matters, and more capacity for being of benefit.

Meeting format:

  1. A short talk on developing skillful means for maintaining a satisfying meditation practice. The emphasis here is on how to address all manner of hindrances that damage our motivation or hobble our mental capacities to remain concentrated and focused.
  2. A 20-minute guided meditation designed to help you put into play the ideas addressed in the talk.
  3. A Q&A session to gain clarity and insight about the practice.

When: Second Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Zoom Meeting ID 847 5327 2329 Passcode: 525335

Teacher: Lezlie Laws. Click here to contact Lezlie.

Workshop: Learning to Recognize and Disarm Hindrances

The five hindrances are a set of mental factors that hinder progress in meditation and in our daily lives. This group of five hindrances is identified in the Pali tradition and the Sanskrit tradition as well as the contemporary Insight Meditation tradition.

  1. Sensory desire: A type of wanting that seeks for happiness through the five senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching.
  2. Ill-will: All kinds of thought related to wanting to reject. This includes feelings of hostility, resentment, hatred and bitterness.
  3. Sloth-torpor: Heaviness of body and dullness of mind which drag one down into disabling inertia and thick depression.
  4. Restlessness-worry: The inability to calm the mind.
  5. Doubt: Lack of conviction or trust.

Contemporary teachers emphasize that these factors should not be understood as personal failings, but rather as mental factors or “enemies” that arise in the minds of all humans. Through working with these factors in the context of meditation practice, we also learn to work with them in daily life. Contemporary Theravada teacher Ajahn Sumedho states:

In meditation one develops an understanding of the Five Hindrances–how, when one of them is present, you investigate it, you understand it, you accept its presence and you learn how to deal with it.

This quotation, then, is the format we will use in this workshop.

Mindfulness is the universal antidote to all of the hindrances. Beyond your practice, here is the way we engage in investigation of our thinking in order to achieve insight:

Step 1: Observe (and accept).

Step 2: Investigate your thinking. Noting how our thoughts are supporting or sabotaging our aspirations. Are they nourishing our personal values and life goals?

Step 3: Act. Taking wise action by eliminating non-beneficial thinking; establishing brave action; creating accountability.

The Insight Meditation tradition teaches a way to temper our hindrances. They are not simply afflictions we must endure.The way out is cultivating better states of mind. We invite you to join a small group of people gathering to improve their practice and live with more clarity and aliveness.

The class is taught by Lezlie Laws. Click here for more information about Lezlie.

  • When: Stay Tuned for next workshop date or subscribe to our newsletter
  • Registration: Limited to 8 participants. Email Lezlie Laws to register.Registration Closed
  • Where: 1289 Harmon Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 (Lezlie Laws’ home.)
  • Fee: Fee is on a Dana basis to support the Orlando Insight Meditation Group. Make checks payable to the Orlando Insight Meditation Group and  or Click Here to donate via credit card.
  • For more information: Email Lezlie or call 407-227-7456.

Introduction to Meditation-Taught by Lezlie Laws

This course is an introduction to mindfulness and concentration practices that support meditation. The meditation method we use is called Insight Meditation, and instruction is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. These practices support increasing emotional calmness and lowering stress reactivity. Throughout the four sessions, participants will learn concrete techniques for:

  • How to hold the body
  • How to breathe
  • How to focus the mind 
  • How to release unbeneficial thoughts
  • How to relax tension in the mind and body
  • How to observe the movements of the mind

These skills can are cultivated, and in doing so, you will achieve moments of clarity, equanimity, and joy. Meditation is a practice that anyone can learn and improve skill and positive results. It just takes some knowledge and a desire to establish this life practice.

This is a beginners’ class so we welcome people who have no experience and want to establish a meditation practice. We also welcome those who want to brush up their skills and re-ignite their practice. You will learn concrete and specific ways to make your practice more skillful and more beneficial.

The class is taught by Lezlie Laws. Click here for more information about Lezlie.

  • When: Stay Tuned for the next class date
  • Where: Zoom online meeting; a zoom invitation link will be sent upon registration.
  • Fee: $60, payable to the Orlando Insight Meditation Group to pay for space and retreat scholarships (the teacher takes no fee; students may make a voluntary offering to the teacher at the end of the course out of gratitude for the teaching.)
  • For more information: Email Lezlie or call 407-227-7456.

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Wednesday Night Meetings

Sangha meetings are held every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm and can be attended in person or via zoom. 

The in person meetings are held at Peter Carlson’s home at 1818 Carrigan Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789. For those who haven’t been to the site, the house is the only one on the block with a sheet metal roof.  Park on the street or in the driveway—please be considerate of the neighbor’s property.  Walk to the left of the garage and through the gate in the chain link fence; the cottage in the back yard is where we meet.

We will meditate in silence from 7 to 7:45, then, after a break, the Dharma talk will begin.

There will be a small box near the front door for dana, the practice of donating to the teacher out of gratitude for the teaching.  The contribution is not required, and the money will be used to maintain the building and pay for the Zoom subscription.  There is a lending library of Dharma related books in the cottage that operates on a trust basis.

To attend meetings via zoom, use the information below:

Click here to join Zoom Meeting.

Meeting ID: 847 1472 3882
Passcode: 620329

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