Rachel Nixon will be launching a five-week Shambhala series, Joy in Everyday Life, Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.to explore the Buddhist principles of compassion and loving-kindness. The class will take place at The Dancing Elephant, 16 School St. The course, which runs through Oct. 25, is open to the public by donation. Everyone is welcome. The program is offered in partnership with the Brunswick-Portland Shambhala Meditation Center.

Consider this: If our normal mantra is “What about me?” flipping that into “What about you?” can be profound and have far-reaching implications in our own search for happiness. In this five-week series, we will practice shamatha meditation and develop trust in our basic goodness. From that ground, we will experience the uplifting quality of compassion, release self-involvement, and extend loving-kindness to others.

The Joy in Everyday Life series is an experiential and interactive course, with a blend of meditation, talks, contemplation, discussion and readings. Everyone is welcome. This course is beneficial to new and experienced practitioners alike. The suggested donation is $85, which includes materials. Donations in any amount are appreciated.

Nixon was first introduced to the Shambhala teachings in 1999 through Pema Chodron's book, "The Wisdom of No Escape." She began practicing yoga and meditation in 2001, and since then, she has developed a personal meditation practice and trained at Shambhala centers in Maine and Nova Scotia. She is a trained Shambhala Guide.

For more information or to register for this class, visit rocklandyoga.com or contact Nixon at rachelanixon@gmail.com or 594-1694.