Mindfulness and Sleep

Venue and time this week:   Sunday October 1, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm,  facilitated by Greg at Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday October 3, 8 – 8:30 pm, facilitated by Greg.

Schedule:  Sunday’s meditation 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm will involve involve techniques to enhance letting go, and sleep.  Break for chat and mindful tea 7:00 – 7:15 pm roughly; 7:15 – 8:00 pm: Discussion on the topic Mindfulness and Sleep, facilitated by Greg. All are welcome to either or both of these events.

This week’s discussion topic is inspired by my trip to a meeting in Beijing last weekend. I fell back to my go-to meeting strategy of drinking coffee. I had hoped that the brevity of the trip, 13 hours flight to Beijing, 2 coffee-tea assisted days there, 13 hours flight back, would help me have-it-all. That is, enable me to stay awake there, but still be essentially on Canada time when I came back.  It did not 🙁

A useful consequence was some exploration this week of techniques for enhanced sleep by mindfulness in the restless days since I arrived back.  The idea that we can have-it-all, assisted by quick and easy aids, is deeply embedded in our modern lives. Mindfulness encourages us to a more gentle way: listening to our bodies, deeply considering in a broad way what our goals are, rather than looking for quick fixes. Part of the discussion will involve how to examine in a non-judgmental incremental way our strategies for sleeplessness.

Another aspect will be actual meditation practices. For example, we’ll do a gentle Yoga posture (suitable while in bed), to start our evening meditation. Then the meditation will involve deepening and letting go, to reach into our being mode, rather than our doing mode.  Sleep is facilitated by awareness of the moment-to-moment experience of relaxing into the bed, without judging or being critical of that experience, so that the mind can gently slip into sleep. Practice of mindfulness meditation during the day can help focus the mind and decrease stress by reducing negative thoughts about the past and needless worries about the future.

Suggested exercise to prepare for the evening.
As you lie on your bed, follow you breath moving into and out of the body. Being aware of the breath and allowing yourself to sink into the bed with each breath, as if you are on a rubber air mattress on a vast ocean. Letting the waves gently lift you as you breathe in, and letting go, as you subside with the waves. When you get distracted, gently notice where your mind went, since it offers insight into your state now in this moment. Then gently and non-judgmentally return to your breath.

The London Mindfulness Community (LMC) is a community of mindfulness enthusiasts.  Our meditations are designed to be accessible to those who drop in occasionally.  These topics are presented in a self-contained way and will be posted on our website (usually by the previous Thursday). Those wanting to know more about integrating mindfulness into daily life, can benefit from our Sunday Discussions.  Our meditations and discussions are free, and gratefully accept donations to help with materials and training

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Theories on altered states of consciousness and how to combine meditations in a series? Sunday meditation Sept 24th

Venue and time this week:   Sunday September 24, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm,  facilitated by Daniel at Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday September 26, 8 – 8:30 pm, facilitated by Daniel.

Schedule:  Sunday’s meditation 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm will involve a combined meditation. Daniel will guide the group through three different exercises that build upon each other.  Break for chat and mindful tea 7:00 – 7:15 pm roughly; 7:15 – 8:00 pm: Discussion on the topic of altered states and how to take advantage of them for meditationfacilitated by Daniel.  This will also include a quick summary and explanation of altered states of consciousness and a quick recap of current research in the field and how to apply it for your own meditation.  All are welcome to either or both of these events.

The theory: a video that breaks down hypnosis and other altered states. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PW1fwKjo-Y

Meditation is working in much of the same way, some even say that it is a sort of self-hypnosis.

Here is Charles Tart going into altered states of consciousness even more and connecting it to mindfulness:

I am very much looking forward to discussing this with all of you.

Hope to see you at these meditations!

Note: My apologies for the late nature of this post. I hope to see many of you tomorrow!

Exploring mindful eating

Venue and time this week:   Sunday September 17, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm,  facilitated by Greg at Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday September 19, 8 – 8:30 pm, facilitated by Daniel.

Schedule:  Sunday’s meditation 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm will involve a mini mindfulness of eating component as a taster for the later event.  Break for chat and mindful tea 7:00 – 7:15 pm roughly; 7:15 – 8:00 pm: Discussion on the topic Exploring mindful eating, facilitated by Greg.  This will also include a meditation of about 12 minutes on mindful exploration (e.g. eating, sensing, being).  All are welcome to either or both of these events.

Daily activities such as mindful eating will be used to illustrate mindfulness, in a light, fun and tasty way.  Mindfulness is not about denial, but about exploring what is actually already here.  It can lead us to profound enjoyment of everyday activities, such as eating and sharing food.  Where we approach eating not as a robotic activity, but as an exploration.  We use it this Sunday as a light way to introduce mindfulness to a wide audience.  And Yes!  You will get to eat!  While we are busy looking for “solutions”, how to look a certain way, attain certain goals, mindfulness asks us only to be curious and have fun, doing so. Instead of solving our problems, we arrive at the Banquet, that is our life, in this moment, and taste its sour and sweet moments, welcoming each equally, with open arms.

Suggested exercise to prepare for the evening.  Pick a food, preferably one that you’re not familiar with.  And find a time where you can meditate in whatever way you choose, perhaps bringing attention to your breath or body.  Then bring attention to your chosen food.  Explore its wrapping or appearance.  Bring to mind the people who helped bring this food to you; the rain and sunshine that made it possible.  And notice its appearance.  Smell it, take in its colors. Then languidly take small bites, joyfully exploring its tastes and sensations.  Notice any tendency to grasp or gulp down the food quickly.  Then return to gently cradling it in your mouth, tasting it a little piece at a time.  Knowing that this activity can be repeated endlessly.  We will provide food for the mindfulness explorations. However if you have food sensitivities or allergies, but still want to participate, feel free to bring your own small items of food.

You might enjoy pioneer of modern mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh speaking about the essence of mindful eating:

You might also enjoy Judson Brewer leading researcher on mindfulness and addictions:

Here is a short mindfulness video for children about mindful eating:

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The London Mindfulness Community (LMC) is a community of mindfulness enthusiasts.  Our meditations are designed to be accessible to those who drop in occasionally.  These topics are presented in a self-contained way and will be posted on our website (usually by the previous Thursday). Those wanting to know more about integrating mindfulness into daily life, can benefit from our Sunday Discussions.  Our meditations and discussions are free, and gratefully accept donations to help with materials and training

http://www.londonmindfulnesscommunity.org

Mindfulness Challenge, a meditation retreat to raise money for mental health

 

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Our London satellite event will be held at Innovation Works!!! Come join us for a wonderful meditation retreat!

Drop-in Meditation Sunday Sept 10th and Tuesday Sept 12th

Come join us in a free guided meditation session this Sunday Sept 10th from 630 – 8pm at Moksha Yoga’s Shiva room. 30 minutes of guided meditation will be followed by a tea break and a discussion of what the London Mindfulness Community is planning for the rest of 2017. If you are interested in having some input on these plans, this is absolutely your chance! We will be taking any and all feedback into our plans for future meditations in 2017. So please join us for this lovely Sunday evening discussion.

Tuesday September 12th come join us at Moksha Yoga for a 30 minute meditation from 8-830pm, whether your coming for just the meditation or for a hot yoga session right after we accommodate for both!

And please remember to register for the mindfulness challenge all money goes to mental health treatment for those in need.

The meditation retreat planned for October 15th will be a professionally guided experience towards kindness and mindfulness. Early bird registration ends Wednesday September 13th!

Register here: https://mindfulness.akaraisin.com/pledge/Event/Registration.aspx?seid=14265&mid=60

Happy meditating and see you soon