Mindfulness and Loving Kindness

Venue and time this week:  Sunday August 21, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.   Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday August 23, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Sunday drop-in 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:   Mindfulness and Loving Kindness.  All are welcome to either or both of these events.

Wishing our loved ones well is natural and easy for most of us.  Mindfulness takes this further, extending this to those we may not know well, to those we dislike and all beings including ourselves.  Such loving kindness may seem  in conflict with a key goal of mindfulness, that of direct insight into and awareness of reality.

Acceptance of reality, in all its aspects both easy and difficult, is a key aspect of Buddhism and Mindfulness.  The practice of loving kindness meditation, and bringing it to all, can dramatically and subtly lessen our own internal conflicts and obstacles, dissolving anger that causes so much suffering.

Loving kindness is an antidote to the cascade of stress that results from negativity.  Also discussed will be the Buddhist concept of loving kindness as one of the divine abodes, the Buddhist concept of love as wishing happiness for others, and looking into the nature of love, and given that, how we can help ourselves grow in that direction.

Suggested exercises to prepare for the evening.

You might want to listen to Imee Ooi’s beautiful loving kindness song (the translation is shown in the video):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5JAVk3Qwi8

Mark William’s loving kindness meditation:

Mindah-Lee Kumar’s loving kindness meditation:

As the above illustrate, the range and variety of loving kindness meditations, is wide and wonderful. I suggest you also start creating your own loving kindness meditation, perhaps using aspects of the above meditations, that appeal to you.  Part of our Sunday discussion will be to give some practical help in designing your own meditation.

Healing Self-Doubt

Venue and time this week:   Sunday August 14, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.   Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday August 16, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:   Sunday drop-in 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:   Healing Self-Doubt.  All are welcome to either or both of these events.

Am I really lovable? Am I worthy? Do I really have something of worth to offer? Can I truly connect with others?  The more we repeat these questions in hope to explain, predict, or control a situation we fuel our self doubt.  When we “fail” we validate and give voice to our self doubt. How can we weaken the certainty of these beliefs and loosen the grip of our self judgment through mindfulness? Being aware and recognizing cycles of self doubt can help develop intuitive wisdom.

In this week’s session we will warmly embrace the notion that we are enough. We will stare the fear of self doubt in the face and come to terms with our insecurities. We will question what is the penultimate consequence of ridding self doubt.

Suggested preparation:  Viewing the first 2o min of the Healing Self-Doubt  video by Tara Brach:

The London Mindfulness Community (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).   Attendance at our meditations and events is free (donations are accepted which go towards buy materials for the studio and learning resources).

Ahhh … Summer Driving and Mindfulness

Venue and time this week:  Sunday August 7, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.   Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday August 9, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Sunday drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm (which will focus on Loving Kindness).  Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:45 pm roughly; 7:45 – 9:00 pm Discussion on the topic:  Ahhh … Summer Driving and Mindfulness. All are welcome to either or both of these events.

Ahhh … its Summer … the season of long drives offering wonderful opportunities to practise mindfulness J Driving is one of the most frequent and dangerous activities we do and a great opportunity to practise mindful attentiveness.

In this discussion we explore how mindfulness practice can enhance driving.    The same basic principles such as those used in sitting breath meditation can be extended to driving.  For example in sitting meditation, we use anchors such as the breath, and explore the breath.  When our attention wanders away, we note where it went, and gently return our focus to breath.  Similarly for driving natural anchors are our visual field, or if you like, our eyes on the road ahead of us.  Another natural anchor, are the sensations of our hands on the steering wheel.  When our attention wanders away, we note where its gone (this waking up, is essential aspect of mindfulness).  Then return to the road and the sensations of our hands on the wheel.  Difficulties naturally arise, anger at slow or fast drivers, road blocks and other challenges.  These offer great opportunities for mindfulness practise.    We might do a brief body scan at a stop light, to find explore, areas of tightness in our body.

Suggested preparation:   Practise some of the ideas above while you are driving 🙂

The London Mindfulness Community (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).   Attendance at our meditations and events is free (donations are accepted which go towards buy materials for the studio and learning resources).