Mindfulness in Everyday Activities

Venue and time:   Sunday November 27, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday November 29, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:45 pm roughly; 7:45 – 8:45 pm; Discussion on the topic:  Mindfulness in Everyday Activities.  Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.

We only spend a fraction of our time at best actually formally meditating.  The larger space of everyday activities offer wonderful and fun opportunities to practice mindfulness and enhance our lives.  This can practically enable us to see mindfulness opening up space in our busy schedules.  As we are walking, we know we are walking and  we are awake to the sensations of our feet touching (kissing) the earth.  We are alive to sensations of our body, during activities, helping to ground us in the present moment.  When we eat, we are aware of the sensations of eating, all the wonderful small sensations of taste.  Being aware of our reactions, and our tendency to judge (good, bad, … ), and pausing to just let things be as they are, and pay attention to the way they are.  Being stuck in traffic becomes an opportunity to practice mindful attention.  Even the most routine activities, such as washing the dishes, can become a sensory exploration keeping us in the present moment.

Suggested Preparation for Sunday’s Discussion: 

We suggest watching trying out some of the 5 suggestions for bringing mindfulness into everyday life suggested in the post:

http://www.dailygood.org/story/497/5-ways-to-bring-mindfulness-into-everyday-life-headspace-com/

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 Thursday):

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).

Exploration of Paradoxes of Mindfulness Meditation

Venue and time:   Sunday November 20, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday November 22, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:45 pm roughly; 7:45 – 8:45 pm; Discussion on the topic:  Exploration of Paradoxes of Mindfulness Meditation.  Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.

Often Mindfulness Meditation involves turning towards and lightly embracing difficulties and other aspects of present moment awareness.  But most of us want to avoid difficulties!  This Sunday’s discussion goes more deeply into such aspects of Mindfulness Meditation, and some recent advances in understanding how the mind works.  We’ll use about 25 minutes of a very accessible Video Public Lecture by one the leading scientists on Mindfulness, Mark Williams.  As well there will be some Meditation exercises that we can do during the discussion to explore such paradoxes, and the amazing way our minds work.

Mark Williams is a world leader on Mindfulness.  He is a wonderful and warm speaker, who speaks lucidly and plainly about mindfulness. Inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn on using Mindfulness Meditation to address chronic pain, Williams with Canadian Zindel Segal of the University of Toronto, pioneered Mindfulness meditation in the treatment of chronic depression.  Now Mark has become a powerful advocate of Mindfulness to improve the quality of our everyday and every-moment lives.  Here in non-scientific language, he gives a very accessible deeper look at Mindfulness:  what it is, and the way our brain-body-mind works.  Among the gems here are:  Mindfulness seems counter-intuitive, since it asks us to focus our awareness on the very things we want to avoid!  Problems, difficulty,  pain, …  He gives insight into the delicate balance between letting go, and when we’re trying too hard, and getting caught in automatic and non-helpful behaviors.   Our mind creates a map of expected actions, and works majestically, until we become victim to automatic behaviors.  Mindfulness helps us to become aware of these behaviors, and incrementally become more present in our moment to moment lives.

Suggested Preparation for Sunday’s Discussion: 

We suggest watching the first 20 min of the video Mindfulness for Life by Mark Williams:

 

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 Thursday):

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).

From last Sunday’s Discussion:  Enjoy this link to the wonderful group Wake Up with Mindful Activism:

 

 

Peace and Mindful Heartfulness in a Fractured World

Venue and time:   Sunday November 13, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday November 15, 8 – 8:30 pm.  Hosted by Kristen and Greg.

Schedule:  Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm, with a Peace emphasis.  Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:45 pm roughly; 7:45 – 8:45 pm; Discussion on the topic  Peace and Mindful Heartfulness in a Fractured World.  Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.

Our Sunday Meditation and Discussion is inspired by our Tuesday Meditation for Peace – Bring Flowers,  prompted by the Election in the US.  Mindfulness as wonderful practice to address division and anger is the topic of this evening’s discussion.

Suggested Preparation for Sunday’s Discussion: 

We recommend listening to the 7 minute wonderful Great Bell Chant  – The End Of Suffering:

Read by Peace Activist and Mindfulness Treasure Thich Nath Hanh, Chanted by Phap Niem, video by R Smittenaar, composer/arranger, producer Gary Malkin, with collaborator Michael Stillwater.

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 Thursday):

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).

Mindful spoken communication

Venue and time:   Sunday November 6, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday November 8, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:45 pm roughly; 7:45 – 8:45 pm; Discussion on the topic Mindful spoken communication.  Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.

Spoken communication is vital for all of us, and one of our most common activities.  Being aware of our speech strengthens our ability to be mindful. Speech can express love, hate and everything in between. Mindful speech is a powerful tool for creating peace.

Mindful speech, explained in negative terms, includes avoiding four types of harmful speech: lies (words spoken with the intent of misrepresenting the truth); divisive speech (spoken with the intent of creating rifts between people); harsh speech (spoken with the intent of hurting another person’s feelings); and idle chatter (spoken with no purposeful intent at all).

Notice the focus on intent: this is where the practice of mindful speech intersects with mind training. Before you speak,  focus on why you want to speak. This helps get you in touch with all the machinations of the committee of voices running your mind. If you see unskillful motives lurking behind the committee’s decisions, you can veto them.  You are more than your mind.  You become more self-aware and honest with yourself and avoid later regrets. This strengthens qualities that will be helpful in meditation, while avoiding painful memories obstructing present moment awareness.

In positive terms, mindful speech is trustworthy, harmonious, comforting, and heartfelt. Words become gifts to others.  They are more attentive and more likely to respond in kind.  This gives you a sense of the power of your actions: the way you act in the present moment shapes the world of your experience. You don’t need to be a victim of past events…So pay close attention to what you say — and to why you say it.

Suggested Preparation for Sunday’s Discussion:

  1. Be mindful of your intentions and truthfulness in speech (and silence).   Taking intentional mindful breaths helps ground you in the present moment.
  2. When someone is talking to you, what does it feel like to take one mindful breath before responding?
  3. Be sensitive to your body language. Notice when your body language and your words don’t line up. What’s going on there?
  4. Avoid relating to this as truthfulness is right and untruthfulness is wrong. Instead try to spend your energy being aware of your speaking intentions rather than spinning a judgmental story about yourself.

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 Thursday):

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).