I have just talked to the nice folks over at the First Parish Universalist/Unitarian Church on Congress Street in Portland and they have a quiet and comfortable room for us on Monday evenings, from 6pm-8pm. The idea would be to have the first half-hour for people new to meditation or looking for a refresher, and then group meditation from 6:30-7:00pm followed by a one hour discussion. The suggested donation will be $3 per meeting, enough to cover the rent and fees for running the online group, but you're welcome to pay whatever you can afford. If there's any extra money after those expenses, I'll buy healthy snacks for the group, or we can lower the fee.
Let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or comments. My plan is to start meeting on January 5th, the first Monday of the new year. Hope to see some of you then. I'll post more details as we get closer, but wanted to send out a note to let you know about the new space.
Best wishes, 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).