I am looking for a space where we can have our weekly meetup, hopefully in downtown Portland, but if not, close by. The place should have access to some chairs and also floor space for those who would prefer to meditate on cushions or benches. I was thinking Monday night from 6:00pm to 8:00 or 8:30pm since that seemed to be a time that worked for many people. If you know of a place that is quiet and private and can hold 10 or 15 people, please let me know by emailing me at [address removed].
Many thanks, Tom Cannon, organizer Portland Mindfulness Meetup Group
This group focuses on our practice of increasing awareness and being present in our lives through mindfulness meditation. When we practice observing the mind, we notice it is continually making commentary, and we cultivate the ability to carefully observe those thoughts, seeing them for what they are without aversion or judgement. We learn to be more present by realizing that thoughts are just thoughts, allowing us to let go of unhelpful, conditioned thinking. We will meet to discuss the benefits, challenges and opportunities of a mindfulness practice as a path to improved quality of life, and support each other as we explore this practice individually and collectively. Guided and/or group meditation may be included in gatherings. And we can discover additional ways to practice mindfulness beyond meditation, like when waiting in lines, at traffic lights, or while walking. All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your sense of humor (nothing should be taken too seriously).