How to start meditating

Venue and time this week:  In sync with our new Fall-Winter hours our Sunday Meditation/Discussion are this Sunday October 29, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. This Sunday’s meditation is facilitated by Greg at Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  No half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday October 31, 8 – 8:30 pm, due to shortened Halloween hours at Moksha.

Schedule:  Sunday’s meditation, 7:00 – 7:30 pm will involved some introductory techniques for meditating, visiting a beach and exploring sensations of body and breath.  Break for chat and mindful tea 7:30 – 7:45 pm roughly; 7:45 – 8:30 pm: Discussion on the topic, How to start meditating , facilitated by Greg, will  explore different ways to start meditating regularly. All are welcome to either or both of these events.

In our topsy-turvy world establishing a regular meditation practice is difficult. We explore and resources for structuring a typical initial week of practice; to help you get going, without judgement. For example, there are excellent programs, books, apps, web sites. We survey and discuss some of these.

Suggested exercise to prepare for the evening We suggest you briefly browse some of the resources below:

A great resource is Tara Brach’s website and in particular her page on How to meditate

How to Meditate

Explore our website, London Mindfulness Community and especially our Month of Mindfulness Page (MoM17, January 2017).  Come along and hear a news about MoM18

MoM17

A wonderful example of a great book about an introductory 8 week program, is Williams and Penman’s:

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B005NJ2T1G/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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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Sunday Meditation/Discussion new time 7:00 – 8:30 pm, starting Oct 22. Tuesday drop-in Meditation Oct 24, 8-830pm.

Venue and time this week:  In sync with Moksha’s change to Fall-Winter hours our Sunday Meditations will now starting at 7 pm, beginning this Sunday October 22, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm,  facilitated by Daniel & Greg at Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday October 24, 8 – 8:30 pm, facilitated by Daniel.

Schedule:  Sunday’s meditation 7:00 – 7:30 pm will involve techniques to enhance your meditation focus, from counting breaths, to body sensation.  Break for chat and mindful tea 7:30 – 7:45 pm roughly; 7:45 – 8:30 pm: Discussion on the topic Inspiration and Follow-up from the Mindfulness Challenge Last Weekend facilitated by Daniel and Greg. All are welcome to either or both of these events.

This week’s discussion topic is inspired by The 2017 Mindfulness Challenge based in Toronto, which Daniel brought to London as a satellite event, with assistance from LMC facilitator Kristen. Greg attended the central Toronto event.  Over $100,000 was raised to enable access for disadvantaged persons to gain access to professional Mindfulness-based Mental Wellness Therapies and Meditation programs. The event involved a meditation marathon, of 4 hours on Sunday October 15, with several hundred participants, with over 25 people joining us in our London location, where we raised over $5, 700 for mental health!

We discuss some of the leaders of the event, who led a diverse number of meditations, including Dance (Roberta Mohler), Singing and Mindful Eating (Eli Weisembaum), Mindful Exploration Challenge (Jeff Warren), among others who kept us (mainly) focused and having fun for 4 hours! These can inspire activities at LMC, and we are interested in your input :). Some video will be provided about these activities.

Suggested exercise to prepare for the evening.
Find a few favorite songs of yours, start with a guided meditation perhaps like this one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzMhLmErz5Q), and then as you transition into listening to the first song, focus on how it makes you feel as you try to stay in a mindful meditative state. Focus your attention on subtle reactions you are having to lyrics, to rhythm and to other aspects of the music. Enjoy this exercise. For extra preparation choose songs you have never listened to and do the same exercise. Observing what aspects of the song you might react to differently and how it varies from songs you have previous positive experiences with.

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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Mindfulness Challenge 2017 (11 – 3 pm) replaces Sun Oct 15 Discussion & Meditation. Tuesday Oct 17 drop-in Meditation as usual.

The Sunday October 15 drop-in meditation and discussion which we run weekly is this week replaced with the 2017 Mindfulness Challenge (11 am – 3 pm).  Tuesday drop-in meditation as usual on October 17, 8:00 – 8:30 pm at Moksha Yoga.

This weekend London Mindfulness Community Meditation facilitators Daniel, Kristen, Greg and friends will be participating in the 2017 Mindfulness Challenge on October 15.  Join us or donate 🙂

The Mindfulness Challenge

The London Mindfulness Community (LMC) is a community of mindfulness enthusiasts.  Our meditations are designed to be accessible to those who drop in occasionally.  They are free and donations for training and materials are gratefully accepted.  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).

Tuesday October 10 drop-in Meditation as usual. No Sunday October 8 Discussion/Meeting due to shortened Moksha hours.

There will be no Sunday October 8 drop-in meditation and discussion because of shortened hours due to Thanksgiving weekend.  Tuesday October drop-in meditation as usual on October 10, 8:00 – 8:30 pm at Moksha Yoga.

Check-out the  upcoming Mindfulness Challenge on October 15 (we and friends are participating!).  Join us 🙂

The Mindfulness Challenge

The London Mindfulness Community (LMC) is a community of mindfulness enthusiasts.  Our meditations are designed to be accessible to those who drop in occasionally.  They are free and donations for training and materials are gratefully accepted.  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).