Welcome to Spring, Nature and New Life

Venue and time:¬† ¬†Sunday March 26, 2017, 7:00 pm ‚Äď 8:30 pm (Meditation and Discussion), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. ¬†Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday March 28, 8 ‚Äď 8:30 pm.

Schedule:¬† Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Sunday March 26, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Break for chat and tea 7:30 ‚Äď 7:40 pm roughly; 7:40 ‚Äď 8:30 pm – Discussion on the topic Welcome to Spring, Nature and New Life¬†. ¬† Participants are welcome to either or both of these events. ¬†Attendance is free, and donations are accepted. ¬†For insurance requirements you need to sign in at the front desk of Moksha. ¬†¬†See you Sunday!

Welcome to Spring, Nature and New Life!

This week as we enter a new season, we take time to celebrate this cycle of birth, growth and renewal. ¬†We explore the sensations of warmth, the sounds of small creatures coming out of hibernation. ¬†To get us in the spirit, we’ll have a guided meditation, with a theme of the breath, ¬†waves, projected on the walls of the studio. ¬†Waves going in and out, Sounds of surf, just as the breath goes in and out. ¬†Taking in all the sensations of the new season. ¬†Maybe we’ll bring some flowers and you could too, to celebrate the new season.

With every season, we turn towards both happy and sad, towards¬†everything, under the infinite sky. ¬†Feeling the rhythms and pulse of Nature’s heart-beat. Earth unfreezing, under our feet, stars above in the deep sky, birds and small creatures everywhere.

Suggested Exercise:   Take a walk, being aware of the warming sensations of Spring and your and others reactions to them.  Notice the small changes, of those around you.  And yes, its OK to share the joy!  Here are a couple of Spring-themed videos you might enjoy enjoy:

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, training and learning resources)

 

Different dynamics of compassion

Venue and time:¬† ¬†Sunday March 19, 2017, 7:00 pm ‚Äď 8:30 pm (Meditation and Discussion), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. ¬†Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday March 21, 8 ‚Äď 8:30 pm.

Schedule:¬† Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Sunday March 19, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Break for chat and tea 7:30 ‚Äď 7:40 pm roughly; 7:40 ‚Äď 8:30 pm – Discussion on the topic Different Dynamics of Compassion . ¬† Participants are welcome to either or both of these events. ¬†Attendance is free, and donations are accepted. ¬†For insurance requirements you need to sign in at the front desk of Moksha. ¬†¬†See you Sunday. ¬†Hosted by Kane and Greg.

This Sunday, March 19th, we look at the characteristics of compassion; what is it; why we need it; and what it changes for us. In mindfulness, it is always pleasant to know others share the same challenges as us and can see through the day in an another light so we may open ourselves to a new way of life. We will focus on the different dynamics compassion and how it is used in our everyday life to change the way we thrive.

Suggested Exercise
We suggest reading the article and doing the letter writing exercise described at:

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_self_compassion_beats_rumination

Write a letter to yourself from the perspective of this imaginary friend, focusing on your perceived inadequacy. What would this friend say to you from a compassionate perspective? How might her suggestions embody care, encouragement, and support? ¬†On Sunday, we’ll pair up and reflect on what we wrote.

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, training and learning resources)

Sunday March 12: Open Discussion

Venue and time:¬† ¬†Sunday March 12, 2017, 7:00 pm ‚Äď 8:30 pm (Meditation and Discussion), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. ¬†Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday March 14, 8 ‚Äď 8:30 pm.

Schedule:¬† Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Sunday March 12, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Break for chat and tea 7:30 ‚Äď 7:40 pm roughly; 7:40 ‚Äď 8:30 pm – ¬†Open discussion on any Mindfulness related topic.¬†¬† If you have any questions or topics of interest in the domains of mindfulness practice or related practice, please bring them with you.¬†Participants are welcome to either or both of these events. ¬†Attendance is free, and donations are accepted. ¬†For insurance requirements you need to sign in at the front desk of Moksha. ¬†¬†See you Sunday.

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, training and learning resources)

Mindfulness and self-compassion

Venue and time:¬† ¬†Sunday March 5, 2017, 7:00 pm ‚Äď 8:30 pm (Meditation and Discussion), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. ¬†Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday March 7, 8 ‚Äď 8:30 pm.

Schedule:¬† Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Sunday March 5, facilitated by special guest Sophie Hawkins. Break for chat and tea 7:30 ‚Äď 7:40 pm roughly; 7:40 ‚Äď 8:30 pm – ¬†Discussion on the topic:¬†¬†Mindfulness and self-compassion.¬†¬†Participants are welcome to either or both of these events. ¬†Attendance is free, and donations are accepted. ¬†For insurance requirements you need to sign in at the front desk of Moksha.

Special guest and very experienced ayurvedic, yoga and meditation instructor Sophie Hawkins BFA, M.Ed, CYT, TMT, AP will facilitate Sunday’s ¬†meditation. ¬†See Sophie’s homepage, which has information about her upcoming workshop¬†Power of your breath ¬† ¬†http://www.ayurvedalondon.ca/

We are increasingly bombarded with imagery and idealizations of how we should look, about what jobs we should have, … This leaves us often in flight-fright mode, anxiously trying to live up to expectations. ¬†When we think we’ve made it, we are struggling to stay there, and if we think we are there, we are trying to achieve these expectations.

Is it any wonder that most of us, have difficulty, just being in the moment, and accepting ourselves as we are.  Bringing compassion to others, we often find much easier, than bringing it to ourselves.  This evening we explore the two inter-related themes of self-compassion and gratitude.  We explore some practises to strengthen gratitude and compassion for others and ourselves.

Suggested preparation for the Evening:

We suggest visiting and exploring Kristen Neff’s excellent site and watching:

We also suggest visiting Kristen Neff’s site and trying some of the suggested exercises and meditations:

http://self-compassion.org/category/exercises/

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, training and learning resources).

Poems from a few weeks ago

Sorry about forgetting to post these, I read these out in class a couple weeks ago and Greg reminded me to post them! So here they are, as we have heard that many people who attended that class liked the poetry I think we will be doing more poetry nights in the future. So feel free to bring any poetry that you find you connect with to class and during discussion you can definitely read them out!

Poetry:

1.     

BREATH OF LIFE
By Danna Faulds

I breathe in All That Is-
Awareness expanding
to take everything in,
as if my heart beats
the world into being.
From the unnamed vastness beneath the mind,
I breathe my way into wholeness and healing.
Inhalation. Exhalation.
Each Breath a ‚Äúyes,‚ÄĚ
and a letting go, a journey, and a coming home.

2.   

BIRTHRIGHT
By Danna Faulds

Despite illness of body or mind, in spite of blinding despair or habitual belief, who you are is whole.

Let nothing keep you separate from the truth. The soul, illumined from within, longs to be known for what it is.

Undying, untouched by fire or the storms of life, there is a place inside where stillness and abiding peace reside. You can ride the breath to go there.

Despite doubt or hopeless turns of mind, you are not broken. Spirit surrounds, embraces, fills you from the inside out. Release everything that isn’t your true nature. What’s left, the fullness, light and shadow, claim all that as your birthright.

3.    

MEDITATION: CALMING THE MIND (Excerpt)
By Bob Sharples

Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people’s lives in a knot. Instead there is now meditation as an act of love. How endlessly delightful and encouraging.

 

I especially love that last one,

Daniel Kharlas