Postponed until April 22 – Breathe in and out: Hello and Goodbye

UPDATE – POSTPONED UNTIL SUN APRIL 22.  Unfortunately the ICE Storm has left both facilitators stranded in Toronto.  Sunday April 15, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Hello and Goodbye), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday April 17, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm, with a theme of Hello Goodbye, on Sunday April 15, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:40 pm roughly; 7:40 – 8:30 pm – Breathe in and out: Hello and Goodbye. Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.  Attendance is free, and donations are accepted. See you Sunday.

From the poem, A Tear and a Smile, by of Khahil Gibran:

The life of clouds is a parting and a meeting.
A tear and a smile.

Our lives are full of meetings and partings, joys and sorrows. Our meditation this week will be centered on this theme, will be inspired by a Hello Goodbye, meditation inspired by Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche. As we breathe in we welcome life, embrace meetings with new friends, we say Hello. As we breathe out, we say Goodbye, to this breathe, releasing everything.

As Rinpoche says:
Recognize and watch your breath. When you inhale, recognize the inhalation, and when you exhale, recognize the exhalation. Be present in the breath. When inhaling, welcome the breath by saying silently in your mind, “Hello.” When exhaling, bid farewell to the breath by saying, “Goodbye.”

With every inhalation and exhalation, repeat, “Hello, goodbye, hello, goodbye.” In this practice, you are neither accepting nor rejecting what comes and goes. When the breath comes in, you welcome it with awareness: when the breath goes out, you bid farewell by mindfully letting it go. Try not to miss a single inhalation or exhalation. When you do this practice, do not let anything distract you. Maintain fresh awareness of your breath.

In the discussion we will focus on the inevitable hellos and goodbyes of life, such as in our relationships. We particularly focus, on how mindfulness helps us embrace these heartfully, fully and softly in awareness without avoiding, or fighting with the feelings involved.

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).

         

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