A Taste of Mindfulness Meditation Practice Group
DATE: Sunday May 18th, 2014
New Monthly Sunday Dates
Posted Each Month on this Site
(See note at end of posting regarding June)
TIME: 10 AM to 11:15AM
We are located in the REAR of the building at BYPC, the Bedford Youth Performing Company, lower level, so follow the painted arrows indicating how to enter the parking lot. Plenty of parking out back and if needed, up front on the second level. Enter through the back entrance door and we are just inside the foyer, to your right.
Whether you are new to meditation or more practiced, please come out and join our monthly Sunday practice group.
Each month we will alternate with a variety of guided meditations, silent sitting time, gentle mindful stretches, and perhaps a walking meditation. A reading or presentation on a topic relevant to mindful meditation will be read either at the start or end of each practice time.
Regular attendance truly does make a difference, however please come join us any time you are able to schedule the time. If that means one Sunday every few months or so, that's perfectly fine! Please feel free to bring anyone along with you anytime as well.
No "set fee" is asked of you, however it would be so helpful for all of you to leave a donation, in any amount, in the donation box provided each Sunday when you are able to attend. I do share half of what is in the box each Sunday with BYPC for lending me the room, free of charge. What you leave is entirely up to you.
More importantly, if you like all that I am teaching and guiding, your donation lets me know this as well. So thank you all for taking this into consideration when you come out to practice and reflect this in your donation. It is SO deeply appreciated and helps me to know it is in fact, appreciated in return!
Upcoming "Mini-Retreat" Information:
I am hosting a Morning Mindfulness Retreat on Sunday June 22nd, 9AM to 12:30 PM (There will be no Taste of Mindfulness Practice group in June due to this Morning Retreat and other weekend commitments) Same location, BYPC. This is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the practice of meditation, gentle mindful yoga/stretching, and some mindful eating. If weather cooperates, we may even get outside for a bit to further explore a mindfulness activity. I plan on offering this "mini retreat" twice per year, so if you have to miss this one, look for one after the holidays, in early 2015.
Doing nothing is essential for thinking to occur. Many of the most important thoughts are unintentional—they can be neither solicited nor cajoled but have a rhythm of their own, creeping up, arriving, and leaving when we least expect them. It is important to cultivate the lassitude of mind that clears a place for the arrival of what cannot be anticipated. Idleness allows time for the mind to wander to places never before imagined and to return transformed.
—Mark C. Taylor
NOTE UPDATED 1/21/14: If you ever have to miss a meet up, for any reason, please don't be overly concerned! Come out when able.