Breathe in and out: Hello and Goodbye

Sunday April 22, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Breathe in and out: Hello and Goodbye), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday April 24, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm, with a theme of Hello and Goodbye, on Sunday April 22, 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 Khahil Gibran:

And the cloud floats above the hills and valleys
Until it meets the gentle breeze, then falls weeping
To the fields and joins with brooks and rivers to
Return to the sea, its home.

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 themed meditation 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 … 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 excessive attachment or detachment, 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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