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).

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)

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

http://www.londonmindfulnesscommunity.org Continue reading “Sunday Meditation/Discussion new time 7:00 – 8:30 pm, starting Oct 22. Tuesday drop-in Meditation Oct 24, 8-830pm.”

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).

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

http://www.londonmindfulnesscommunity.org Continue reading “Mindfulness and Sleep”

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

Tuesday Eve drop-in meditation as usual on July 18. July drop-in Sunday Meditation/Discussions replaced by DeepMoM program (now full).

The Deep Month of Mindfulness Meetings will run on the 4 Sunday evenings July 9, 16, 23, 3o and that program is now full.  So there are no drop-in meditations on Sunday Evenings for the rest of July.  The Tuesday drop-in meditation 8 – 8:30 pm will run as usual throughout July.

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).