Mindful Fun, Sun and Summer

Venue and time:   Sunday May 28, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meditation and Discussion), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada (hosted by Greg).  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday May 30, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Sunday April 2, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.   The drop-in meditation will have a component related to our discussion topic on Summer Mindful fun activities.  Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:40 pm roughly served from our beautiful glass teapot; 7:40 – 8:30 pm – Discussion on the topic:  Mindful Fun, Sun and Summer.  Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.  Attendance is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.  For insurance requirements you need to sign in at the front desk of Moksha.   See you Sunday!

Fun, Sun and Summer

Summer and warmer weather offer a treasure trove of activities to explore mindfully. This is the focus of this Sunday’s meditation and chat. So relax back and enjoy. Despite the abundance of activities, we can be overwhelmed. For example, parents can easily be overwhelmed by organizing long lists of children’s activities. This week considers practical ways in which mindfulness can be helpful.

The illusion of the perfect summer activity : Often with the ones we love, or care for, we dream of the perfect afternoon summer activity that can nourish them. In our minds we see them enjoying the beautiful moments. This can drive us, to work harder and harder to make sure everything will turn out right. Mindfulness offers practical ways to avoid guilt-ridden over-planning, and substituting spontaneous and flexible in the moment enjoyment.

Suggested preparation: Most of us, including me, are already in Summer list mode, compulsively running to do lists in our minds, of summer activities. Bring to mind some activities in your list, and try a meditation. Say starting with following your breath, and explore the feelings and sensations you experience, when you bring to mind activities in your list. Resolve to focus, on more on general goals, of being in the moment, spending less time on over-planning, but just in the moment, of activity. Welcoming whatever comes, reacting in a flexible open-hearted way. Returning to the breath anytime this becomes overwhelming.

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).

Tuesday May 23 Drop-in Meditation as usual. No Sunday May 21 Meditation/Discussion.

Due to reduced Moksha Yoga hours for the holiday weekend,there is no Sunday meditation & discussion on Sunday May 21. The Tuesday May 23rd drop-in meditation 8 – 8:30 pm will be facilitated by Kristen. Our usual weekly Tuesday Dropin meditations and Sunday discussions/meditations resume on May 23rd.

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).

Sunday May 14: Open Discussion with Kristen

Venue and time:   Sunday May 14, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meditation and Discussion with Kristen), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday May 16, 8 – 8:30 pm, with Greg.

Schedule:  Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Sunday May 14, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:40 pm roughly; 7:40 – 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)

From smart phones to smoking – Mindfulness and addictive behaviors

Venue and time:   Sunday May 7, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meditation and Discussion), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada (hosted by Greg).  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday May 9, 8 – 8:30 pm, facilitated by Greg.

Schedule:  Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Sunday April 2, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.   The drop-in meditation will have a component related to our discussion topic on mindfulness and addictive behaviors.  Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:40 pm roughly served from our beautiful glass teapot; 7:40 – 8:30 pm – Discussion on the topic:  From smart phones to smoking – Mindfulness and addictive behaviors.  Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.  Attendance is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.  For insurance requirements you need to sign in at the front desk of Moksha.   See you Sunday!

From smart phones to smoking – Mindfulness and addictive behaviors

Addictive behaviors affect us all, and are ever more present in our society, spread through media. How can mindfulness help with such behaviors?
Like last week’s discussion, this week’s discussion is inspired by the conference, A Mindful Society , attended last month by LMC facilitators Greg, Daniel and Kristen. It is in particular motivated by a key note talk by Judson Brewer, perhaps the foremost researcher on mindfulness approaches to addiction. Please note that none of the LMC facilitators are trained in the treatment of addiction; and anyone experiencing severe addiction, should see a qualified professional. Instead the purpose here, is an initial exploration, of the universal role addictive behaviors play in all our lives.

The tendency of addictive behaviors to be sticky perhaps originate in our tendency to engage our auto-pilots. Even though we can only hold a small amount of information in our active memory (the analogue of RAM or fast access computer memory), our mind beautifully enables the learning of complex tasks, by daisy-chaining simpler sub tasks together. By repetition, such daisy chains enables us to perform complex tasks (e.g. driving a car, play a musical instrument, etc) by short circuiting this barrier of limited amount of current memory. Repetition, enables the learning of such tasks. While there are many advantages of this auto-pilot daisy chain behavior, including evolutionary methods, that led to it remaining a prominent feature of our brains, it has a dark flip-side. We also note that the stickiness of addictive behaviors served the purpose of remembering where to find food. Locate food, eat (and remember location), repeat!

Mindfulness emphasizes that addictive behavior is a deep aspect of our being, that can both help us and hurt us. Gaining an understanding of such behavior is important for us all. One reason: advertisers have become particularly effective at penetrating to messaging directly in ways that exploit the stickiness of our addictive behaviors, and also the reward systems of our minds. Another key aspect of approaching difficult addictive behaviors, is not by trying to control them, but instead, becoming curious about them, and exploring the sensations that occur when we experience them.

Suggested preparation: We suggest watching the short TED video by Judson Brewer (it has over 7 million views!):

Or watching say the first 15 minutes of the longer video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-646_TrnZRQ

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).