Sunday Dec 18: 7 – 8 pm, Preview/Registration/get your Book for MoM 17!

Schedule:  Sunday December 18, 7 – 8 pm in the Shiva Room at Moksha Yoga,  a briefer meeting than usual.  Get a brief preview and also your book for MoM 17, with payment of registration. Meet Kristen and Paul,  who with Greg are instructors for our Month of Mindfulness Program for Jan 2017 (MoM17).  Note:  This will be our last meeting of LMC until Tuesday Jan 3, 8 – 8:30 pm, 2017. For the details/registration/content/updates for our MoM17 Program please see the website for the program:

MoM17

 

Preview Evening and Registration for the Month of Mindfulness January 2017 Program

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MoM17

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Schedule:  On Sunday  December 11, 7:00 – 8:30 pm we happily bring you a preview and open registration for of our  Month of Mindfulness January 2017 Program offered by the London Mindfulness Community (LMC).  The preview evening will include meeting the instructors and typical introductory meditations.  We also preview some mindfulness enhancing exercises used in the program which are practiced by participants at home. An emphasis is on fun and creativity. We will also have open discussion tea and chat about the program.

Goals of the Program

It seems we are always running to catch up, or evading ever increasing problems.  Mindfulness, a natural quality which we are born with, offers powerful alternatives, based on embracing awareness in the present moment.  It’s been kept alive, mainly in the East by Buddhists, and recently scientific evidence including brain scans have given strong support for its beneficial effects.  The program’s goal is to provide a step by step practical guide to enhancing mindfulness in your own life, communication and relationships. This is done in secular form (no Guru, no mystical language, or mind control) but in plain language, that reflects the common sense of Mindfulness ideas. Use of Body and Breath, mindful movement and walking mediation, provide powerful and subtle methods to bring us into the present moment.  There is a very nice tea break in the middle of the weekly sessions, so that participants can chat with the facilitators and other participants.  The program design is based on a shortened form of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s pioneering 8 week Mindfulness program, with refinements made by Mark Williams.  We are also influenced by Tara Brach and Thich Nhat Hanh.

THE INFO BELOW IS OUT OF DATE – PLEASE GO TO THE WEBSITE FOR MoM17 ABOVE , FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION, UPDATES AND DETAILS.

Other Details Month of Mindfulness Introductory Program

  • Date/Time: 4 Sunday Evenings 7 – 8:30 pm, January 8 – 29
  • Location: in the beautiful Shiva Room at Moksha Yoga, 677 Richmond Street, Unit 4.
  • Registration: in person at the preview evening, or at the front desk of Moksha Yoga.  Please leave your name and email contact, together with preferred format of your book for the program (e-book, or paperback).
  • Further Information: email Greg Reid at info@londonmindfulnesscommunity.org
  • Cost and Materials:  A Registration fee of $25 covers materials which include a book on Mindfulness, food and materials for creative and fun mindful explorations.
  • What you should bring: Come in comfortable clothing.  We’ll supply blankets, cushions and meditation stools, chairs, so that you sit on any of these in a way that enables you to be relaxed yet alert.
  • Prior Experience: No prior experience is required.  Or perhaps, you have tried some meditation, and want to establish a more regular meditation practice, and strengthen mindfulness in your daily life.
  • Follow-up:  We also run regular Sunday discussions and drop-in meditations weekly through-out the year, so after the Month of Mindfulness January Program, as Jon Kabat-Zinn says:
  • Wherever you 🙂 are we 🙂 🙂 are here!

Preparation for the evening:  We suggest that you look at the first 13 min of the following videos by Mark Williams, and 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, please see 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, except for special programs such as the one above, is free (donations are accepted which go towards buy materials for the studio and learning resources).

 

Meditation from a First Nation’s Perspective

Venue and time:   Sunday December 4, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday December 6, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm facilitated by Paul Jones. Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:45 pm roughly; 7:45 – 8:45 pm; Discussion on the topic:  Meditation from a First Nation’s Perspective, hosted by Paul Jones. Participants are welcome to either or both of these events. Also see our Face Book page,  search London Mindfulness Community on FB.

The Meditation for this Sunday is a change of pace from Mindfulness and instead will feature Meditation from a First Nations perspective.  Canada’s Indigenous people have practiced Meditation in one form or another for hundreds of years before the arrival of the first white peoples.  We will have a recording of a drumming circle playing quietly in the background during this fascinating Meditation. It was recorded at the annual North American Indigenous Cultural Festival held each year in Toronto.  Drumming is an integral part of Native culture.  A drum’s roundness suggests a circle.  Circles represent important principles in Aboriginal culture namely interconnectedness, equality and continuity.  Many activities like dancing, the Medicine Wheel, Talking Circle, ceremonies and even the shape of sweat lodges and tipis are formed in circles.

We will also discuss Canada’s Indigenous people’s special relationship with the earth and all living things.  Before any ceremony an Elder gives thanks to the creator for air, water, fire and earth.

Suggested Preparation for Sunday’s Discussion: 

Some websites related to Sunday’s discussion are:

https://www.warpaths2peacepipes.com/native-american-symbols/circle-symbol.htm

http://firstpeoplesofcanada.com/fp_groups/fp_groups_overview.html

http://ojibweresources.weebly.com/ojibwe-teachings–the-7-grandfathers.html

 

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).