Venue and time this week: Sunday May 29 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Half hour drop-in meditations on Tuesday May 31, 8 – 8:30 pm.
Schedule: Sunday Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:45 pm roughly; 7:45 – 9:00 pm; Discussion on the topic: Welcome to a Summer of Mindfulness: Breathe in, … Breath Out, … Smile J. All are welcome to either or both of these events.
This Sunday will give an Introduction to Mindfulness Activities at the London Mindfulness Community (LMC) which now starts a new cycle continuing during Spring and Summer. The LMC is a community of mindfulness enthusiasts. Our meditations are designed to be accessible to those who drop in occasionally. Those wanting to know more about integrating mindfulness into daily life, can benefit from our Sunday Discussions. These topics are presented in a self-contained way and will be posted on our website (usually by the previous Wednesday):
http://londonmindfulnesscommunity.org (and its associated FB page, search London Mindfulness Community on FB). Thanks to Heather for initiating the FB page, and Muneer for web enhancements coming up on the .org page).
This Sunday’s discussion includes a description of the benefits of Mindfulness and the underlying structure of LMC’s Summer Activities. Suggestions are also welcome! We will roughly follow the 8 week program first pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, with developments by Mark Williams, Mark Muesse and others. Fun detours on are always welcome. We illustrate some aspects of Mindfulness with a couple of small meditations, and also some videos. The aim is to give participants an idea of the flavor of Sunday discussions at LMC, and the goals of mindfulness and its intimate relation with Yoga.
Deep Mindfulness LMC Group: This group is for those interested in an even deeper exploration of mindfulness. Its meetings will run outside Moksha Yoga, and are designed for those wishing to practise leading meditations, and be more involved in other activities. Please send email to Greg firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Preparation for Sunday evening: You might try one-minute meditation by Mark Williams.
- Sitting in a relaxed but alert pose, close your eyes or lower your gaze.
- Focus your attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Stay in touch with the sensations of each in-breath and each out-breath. Observe the breath without looking for anything special to happen. There is no need to alter your breathing in any way.
- After a while your mind may wander. When you notice this, gently bring your attention back to your breath, without judging yourself. The act of realizing that your mind has wandered and bringing your attention back without criticizing yourself is central to mindfulness meditation.
- Your mind may eventually become like a calm pond with small ripples – or it may not – and the calm may be only fleeting. If you feel angry or exasperated, notice that this may be fleeting too. Whatever happens, just allow it to be as it is.
- After a minute, let your eyes open and the meditation is finished.
Here is an introductory short 3 minute breathing space meditation also by Mark Williams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVW_IE1nsKE
William’s and Penman’s book warmly and lucidly written, Mindfulness: An eight week plan for finding peace in a frantic world, is highly recommended as background for those wishing to find out more about mindfulness. Mark Muesse’s Lecture Series on Mindfulness will also serve as a main background reference (we will use videos from this series occasionally). For an introduction to Mindfulness by Muesse see: