Meditation + Picnic for Summer Solstice, Green Park

When: Saturday 21st June 2014, 6.30pm to 7.15pm then picnic onwards..

Where: CHANGED LOCATION TO GREEN PARK

How to get there:

Nearest tube is Green Park on the Piccadilly Line. We will be sitting by the circle of 13 trees. Walk south from Green Park Tube Station.

See map: http://wp.me/a1kwDe-2sH

Advise on how to travel there: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/green-park/visiting-green-park/opening-times-and-getting-here

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/252273038297703/


The silent sitting meditation will start and end with the sound of the bell. 

Open to people of all backgrounds, cultures, faiths, ages and experience levels, this meditation is an invitation to stop what we are doing and enjoy simply being present in our body and mind, with those around us and in our environment. 

Sitting meditation is a way for us to return home and give full attention and care to ourselves. As we sit, we can begin by simply following our in-breath and out-breath. As we do this, we can notice with full attention what is within and around us. We let our minds become spacious and our heart soft and kind. When we sit down peacefully, breathing and smiling with awareness, we have sovereignty over ourselves. We can be with whatever is within us - pain, anger, irritation, joy, love or peace. We are with whatever is there without being carried away. We let it come, let it stay, then let it go. 

Most of all, sitting is a chance for us to do nothing! We have nothing at all to do; just enjoy sitting and breathing in and out. We come together to celebrate our very real capacity to generate peace, already, in the here and now. This is the peace we offer to our cities and to the world. 

On this day, we can celebrate the beginning of summer, and pay gratitude to the light and warmth that we receive from the Sun each day. 

After the meditation, feel free to invite the group to celebrate summer solstice in other ways - like through a song, a prayer, a chant or a dance. Feel free to bring instruments!

Afterwards, we can have a vegetarian picnic together - feel free to bring something to share. Please bring something comfortable to sit on and a waterproof mat (in case of rain).

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  • Aneta

    Such a wide diversity of people. The world is filled with wonderful human beings. Thank you to all that sat freely without shame blame fear or guilt.
    I Am because We Are.

    1 · June 24

  • Edwin

    Great event. It would be nice to try to create more connections between people.

    1 · June 22

  • Renate

    Beautiful way to celebrate Summer Solstice! Thank you, Elina for organising it and All for sharing. x

    1 · June 22

  • Stacey B

    Just jumping on tube in 3mins from London Bridge so will be there looking for you from 6:30 onwards.. Sorry.

    June 21

  • janey

    The map link doesn't work. Can you direct us roughly from the tube station? X

    June 21

    • Corrine E.

      come out of green park tube on the park side. On your left is Queens walk (road). There are several footpaths across the park near the fountain. Stay towards the left path, the first clump of trees is the. 13 tree circle. It's quite big! It can clearly be seen on google maps if you use such things.

      1 · June 21

  • Carlo C.

    Namaste to each one of you! Looking forward to meet all of you on Saturday. I have a question: i have a few days off early in July and I would love to go to a quiet place just for a couple of days. I want to spend some time alone, practising meditation, reading inspiring books, away from everything. Does anyone know any place near London? Thanks!

    1 · June 15

    • Renate

      Bhaktivedanta Manor
      Dharam Marg
      Hilfield lane, Aldenham
      Near Watford, Herts
      WD25 8EZ
      (for Sat-Nav use WD25 8DT)
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      1 · June 18

    • sofia

      The epping park

      June 21

  • sofia

    I dont wanna be lost.... hahaha amd dont have enough battery in the mobile

    June 21

  • sofia

    Hello, where are we going to meet us in the park?

    June 21

  • Carlo C.

    Would be ok If I bring some drinks for the picnic?

    June 20

    • Elina P.

      Hi Carlo, thanks for asking. We welcome non-alcoholic drinks, thanks. See you there!

      June 21

  • Elina P.

    Hi everyone, we look forward to sitting with you all on Saturday evening! As usual, we don't offer any guidance or meditation instruction, we will start the silent sitting once the bell has been invited.

    Please feel free to bring something comfortable to sit on,and any extra layers in case it gets cold..

    If you're staying for the picnic, you're welcome to bring something for yourself or to share with us - vegetarian and non-alcoholic. Utensils, plates and cups will be limited - please bring your own if possible!

    June 18

  • Chrisdiana W.

    I´m from Germany and I don´t know if and when I will be in London. So I´m inwardly connected. Every single of our 7 Bill. people, who gain a little more peace and kindlyness through mediation, will help the whole world to develop. So You are doing a Great Work! Thank You for that!

    1 · June 4

    • Elina P.

      Thank you Chrisdiana! Much love to you

      June 6

  • Grazia

    Wouldn't it be better to do it in the evening, as it's the solstice?

    1 · May 23

    • Elina P.

      Anytime would be a good time :) Actually the exact time for the solstice is 10.51am, so this seems like a great time, and also means we can enjoy a picnic gathering too if the weather is ok.

      May 23

    • Phil R.

      Thanks Elina

      May 31

  • Grazia

    I'm really not a morning person, so I'll pass :)

    May 23

    • Elina P.

      Actually, I've now moved it to 6.30pm as I feel that would work better for some people ...

      May 25

    • Grazia

      Perfect! Thanks :)

      May 27

  • Phil R.

    Is there a Facebook page for this event too?

    May 23

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