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).