Friday, October 26, 2018- 6pm-8pm (Donation and 2 CEU's offered for Mental Health Professionals)


The Heart of Compassion~ Looking Towards, Finding Ease ~ An evening with Scott Tusa


“If your everyday practice is to open to all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter without closing down, trusting that you can do that – then that will take you as far as you can go. And then you’ll understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught.” ~Pema Chodron


“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” ~Soren Kierkegaard



Life doesn't always go the way we want. Rather than bypassing its challenges when they come up, meditation offers us an opportunity to look towards in order to find true contentment. Contentment does not come from ignoring suffering, but rather happens when we are able to meet and be curious about our fuller human experience.

Eventually the kindness and space we can provide towards our own suffering becomes the kindness and compassion we can express towards others. In this evening talk, and through periods of meditation, experiential learning, and discussion, we will explore how to meet life’s challenges with more awareness, compassion, and ease.


Saturday, October 27, 2018- 12pm-4pm (4 CEU's offered for Mental Health Professionals)


Awakening Together: The Practice of Relational Awareness ~ A Half- Day Meditation Intensive with Scott Tusa


"Be kind to yourself as you proceed along this journey. This kindness, in itself, is a means of awakening the spark of love within you and helping others to discover that spark within themselves." ~Tsoknyi Rinpoche


“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh


There are many ways to approach the practice of meditation. On the Buddhist path, meditation is a tool to uncover the true peace of our own inner awakened nature. Rather than a “self-help” technique or a limited transactional method, Buddhist meditation aims to cultivate a relational awareness. One where the development of our own inner peace connects into a responsibility and altruism towards others.

Through a combination of experiential learning and meditation, this half-day workshop will explore the intersections of core Buddhist principles and our everyday lives, where integrative meditation practices meet the world around us.



• Learning to connect with the root of meditative awareness.

• Understanding the limitations of “self-help” meditation.

• Working with “overactive judgment” and distinguishing between reacting and responding.

• Connecting meditative awareness into our relationships and the world around us.

• Learning how to connect meditative awareness into compassionate action.


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Mac and Cheese is for you if you:

  • Want to meet new people
  • Want to challenge yourself
  • You’re tired of being someone else to impress others and just want to be yourself and be among people being themselves
  • Are going through a transition – new city, new job, new relationship status…
  • Are looking for an answer to “What am I passionate about?” “What do I want to do?”
  • Want to create genuine, lasting bonds with others
  • Aren’t sure what you want, but know you want something more
  • Would rather try and fail then not try at all
  • Want to say Yes! more
  • Have the entrepreneurial itch
  • Want to help someone: maybe yourself, maybe someone else, maybe both
  • Are looking for more interesting stuff to fill your time than movies, bars, and reruns of Friends
  • Are open-minded
  • Feel stuck
  • Are ready to kick fear in the shins and use it to your benefit
  • Want to focus not on yesterday or tomorrow but on today
  • Aren’t sure why you’re reading this, or why it resonates, but want to explore the possibilities


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Learn to Meditate


If you are new to meditation and would like to try it, this is a class for you! The instructor will walk you through the techniques of meditation and offer practical ways to incorporate it into your life.   However, meditation instruction is not just for "new" meditators.  Repeated instruction is also recommended as part of our ongoing practice.



We are an organization of men helping men. For more than 25 years, we at Victories have been men who help other men in bringing positive change to themselves and their lives. We begin by recognizing that many of us have been socialized to think that “being a man” means adopting beliefs that can stand in our own way. These include the assumptions that men go it alone, avoid asking for help, address inner pain with silent stoicism, cultivate superficial or aloof associations with other men, deny our feelings and our vulnerability, and interpret the public disclosure of our private selves as a sign of weakness. At Victories of the Heart, we are convinced that true manhood lies in recognizing that there are times when these very behaviors can enrich our lives and our relationships.This is something we help other men discover through weekend and group programs where they can explore a more authentic, more empathic, more satisfying, and more optimistic understanding of what it means to be a man.



Bloom Yoga Studio - 4663 N. Rockwell, Chicago, IL 60625

Saturdays 5:15pm to 6:30pm


Namaskar Yoga Studio- 3946 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613

Thursdays 3pm to 4pm ($5 donation to charity)


Core Power Yoga Studios:


Moksha Yoga - Bucktown location: 2528 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647

Thursdays 12pm to 1pm

Thursdays 5:30pm to 7:15pm - Meditation

Saturdays 4pm to 5:30pm

Sundays 5:15pm-5:45pm Meditation 


Moksha Yoga - Lakeview location: 3334 North Clark, Chicago, IL 60657

Saturdays 4:30pm to 6pm


Moksha Yoga- Riverwest location: 700 N. Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60642

Mondays 12pm to 1:30pm

Yoga Now- 742 N LaSalle St #201, Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 280-9642 

Sundays at 6pm


Tejas Yoga- 1300 S. Wabash Ave #201, Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 386- YOGA

Sundays at 6pm

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