Next week, we’re going to discuss a section of this talk on a way of practicing mindfulness that is a bit different than what we’ve discussed before. We hope you’ll find it interesting. Please listen to it from 38:53 to 58:46. As always, we encourage you to jot down some thoughts and come ready to discuss!
Sangha: this Sunday we’ll discuss an essay entitled “Head and Heart Together” by Thanisarro Bikkhu. The essay is housed within a collection of essays of the same name, page 37 – 43. Please give it a careful read and come prepared to discuss!
Please take a listen to this talk by Sharon Salzberg for discussion on Sunday.
Sharon’s a great teacher whose niche in teaching if you ask me is Loving Kindness. In this talk she starts at the basics, talks about the term ‘Loving Kindness’ and how this friendliness can develop – both from mindfulness meditation practice (what you’re used to doing at group with us) and loving kindness meditation practice.
As Jess kindly told us, there is a movie tonight at the Central Branch of London Public Library about mindfulness. It starts at 7pm. Scroll down to Jess’ post for more information.
As I mentioned last night, I’d like to gauge interest in an Earth Hour, candle light, meditation evening before I approach the studio if they’d be okay with us coming in on a Saturday night.
What I propose is the following:
@ 8:00 pm : We gather and watch a short video – something to put us in the mindframe of interconnection (nature video, city video, open to suggestions!).
@8:20 pm: We light candles, and settle in for meditation
@ 8:30 pm: Earth Hour!
We will follow a traditional framework of breaking up our seated meditation practice with walking meditation:
25 min seated practice, 10 min walking practice, 25 min seated practice
(The meditations will be guided, and we’ll discuss walking practice before Earth Hour begins to make sure everyone understands the format and feels comfortable)
@ 9:30 pm: Finished! Like usual, we can sit around for a little while and discuss our thoughts from the evening’s practice.
@ 10:00 pm: We put away the cushions and head home
Please comment if you’re interested so I can get a sense of numbers.
Suggestions for the format of the evening are welcome, too.
See you then!
Ian & Annamarie
Next week we’re going to discuss the implications of the concept of supernormal stimuli for our lives and practice. Take a look at this webcomic that explains the concept.
Hope to see you Sunday!
Ian & Annamarie