Let’s JAMM: Jacob and Musical Meditation

Sunday March 18, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Let’s JAMM: Jacob and Musical Meditation), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday March 20, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Sunday March 18, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:40 pm roughly; 7:40 – 8:30 pm – Let’s JAMM: Jacob and Musical Meditation. Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.  Attendance is free, and donations are accepted. See you Sunday.

In this session, Jacob will introduce instrumental sounds (particularly flute) into the meditation space, using them as a point of of focus to ground us in the present moment. Participants are encouraged to direct their attention towards physical and emotional sensations brought forth by the music. Jacob de Rose is a Student of Music, with an interest in developing in the direction of Music Therapy, integrating creativity, using music to enhance heart-felt awareness, especially through flute and other musical media.

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).

Perfection’s Poison Pill

Sunday February 25, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meditation and Discussion with Greg), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday Feb 27, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Sunday Feb 11, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:40 pm roughly; 7:40 – 8:30 pm –  discussion on Perfections Poison Pill. Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.  Attendance is free, and donations are accepted. See you Sunday.

Every where, we are surrounded by expectations. The Internet, guarantees that these expectations are delivered to us instantaneously. No wonder that levels of dissatisfaction, once regarded as markers of chronic anxiety in the 1950’s, are now regarded as normal.

Where do the comparisons stop? Our look, our weight, our quickness, are all up for evaluation.

This week we look deeply into such expectations, and see how mindful reflection and meditation can dissolve these phantoms for what they are. Impostors and illusions passing through our lives. What we have is our breath, our anchor to each moment, to show these for what they are.

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).

Sunday Feb 11: Open Discussion with Greg

Venue and time:   Sunday February 11, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meditation and Discussion with Greg), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday Feb 13, with a Valentine Theme, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Sunday Feb 11, 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. We will also discuss upcoming events. Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.  Attendance is free, and donations are accepted. 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)

No Sunday Feb 4 discussion/meditation. Tuesday Feb 6th drop-in meditation 8:00 pm.

On Tuesday Feb 6, @ 8-830pm we will be having our usual weekly Tuesday drop-in guided meditation at Moksha Yoga, 677 Richmond street! Hope to see you all there!   No Sunday Feb 4  discussion/ meditation.  Our Sunday meetings up to Jan 28 are involved with the MoM18 program (sold out).  Our usual drop-in meditations and Discussions resume on Sunday February 11.

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).

Jan 16th, Weekly Tuesday Drop-in Guided Meditation. Sunday Jan 21 meeting replaced with MoM18 program this month.

On Tuesday Jan 16, @ 8-830pm we will be having our usual weekly Tuesday drop-in guided meditation at Moksha Yoga, 677 Richmond street! Hope to see you all there!   Our Sunday meetings up to Jan 28 are involved with the MoM18 program (sold out).  Our usual drop-in meditations and Discussions resume on Sunday February 11.

No experience required, we look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday Jan 16!

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).

Preview Evening for the Month of Mindfulness Program January 2018 (MoM18)

Schedule:  On Sunday  December 10, 7:00 – 8:30 pm we happily bring you a preview of our  Month of Mindfulness January 2018 Program offered by the London Mindfulness Community (LMC).  The preview evening will include some typical introductory meditations.  We also preview some mindfulness enhancing exercises used in the program which are practiced by participants at home. An emphasis is on fun and creativity. We will also have open discussion tea and chat about the program.  Please note that December 10 will be our last London Mindfulness Meeting for December 2018, and we will re-open on January 7, 2018.  So there will be no Tuesday or Sunday meetings until then.

The main website for MoM18 is:

http://www.londonmindfulnesscommunity.org/MoM18

Goals of the Program

It seems we are always running to catch up, or evading ever increasing problems.  Mindfulness, a natural quality which we are born with, offers powerful alternatives, based on embracing awareness in the present moment.  It’s been kept alive, mainly in the East by Buddhists, and recently scientific evidence including brain scans have given strong support for its beneficial effects.  The program’s goal is to provide a step by step practical guide to enhancing mindfulness in your own life, communication and relationships. This is done in secular form in plain language, that reflects the common sense of Mindfulness ideas. Use of Body and Breath, mindful movement and walking mediation, provide powerful and subtle methods to bring us into the present moment.  There is a very nice tea break in the middle of the weekly sessions, so that participants can chat with the facilitators and other participants.  The program design is based on a shortened form of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s pioneering 8 week Mindfulness program, with refinements made by Mark Williams.  We are also influenced by Tara Brach and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Other Details Month of Mindfulness Introductory Program

    • Date/Time: 4 Sunday Evenings 7 – 8:30 pm, January 7 – 28
    • Location: in the beautiful Shiva Room at Moksha Yoga, 677 Richmond Street, Unit 4.
    • Registration/cost:  will be available soon at a link from the MoM18 website:

http://www.londonmindfulnesscommunity.org/MoM18

  • Further Information: email us at LMC <mindfulmeditation4u@gmail.com>
  • Prior Experience: No prior experience is required.  Or perhaps, you have tried some meditation, and want to establish a more regular meditation practice, and strengthen mindfulness in your daily life.
  • Follow-up:  We also run regular Sunday discussions and drop-in meditations weekly through-out the year, so after the Month of Mindfulness January Program, as Jon Kabat-Zinn says:
  • Wherever you 🙂 are we 🙂 🙂 are here!

Preparation for the evening:   Bring your curious self, and relax back into the moment!

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).

Sunday November 26: Open Discussion with Greg

Venue and time:   Sunday November 26, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meditation and Discussion with Greg), Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday November 28, 8 – 8:30 pm.

Schedule:  Drop-in Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Sunday November 26, 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. We will also discuss upcoming events such as our Intro to Meditation Facilitation with LMC which will be held on December 3. Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.  Attendance is free, and donations are accepted. 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)

Meditation Practices for Befriending

Venue and time this week:  Meditation/Discussion with an emphasis on Meditation Practices for Befriending this Sunday November 12, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. This Sunday’s meditation is facilitated by Greg at Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.  Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday November 14, 8 – 8:30 pm, facilitated by Greg.

Schedule:  Sunday’s meditation, 7:00 – 7:30 pm will use the technique of befriending (or loving kindness) to address difficulties or difficult people, by embracing them in meditation. Break for chat and mindful tea 7:30 – 7:45 pm roughly; 7:45 – 8:30 pm: Discussion on the topic, Befriending , facilitated by Greg, will  explore different ways to deal with difficulties or difficult people we all have in our lives (including that most difficult person, ourself!). All are welcome to either or both of these events.

Suggested Preparation: You might look at the resources described at:

Meditation Practices for Befriending

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

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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