Their are really 2 purposes for this meetup, 1) for those who are new to the practice - to learn how to practice mindfulness meditation and 2) as the group progresses and for those who are not new to the practice - to practice mindfulness meditation in a group setting, with a qualified instructor, and to expand on their practice.
There are of course many ways to meditate. Mindfulness meditation has a very simple definition: paying attention to the present moment on purpose and without judgement.
This meet-up, and my role as an instructor/facilitator is to help people train their mind to pay attention to the present moment. And for more advanced meditators to have the opportunity to practice in a group setting and to deepen their practice by experimenting with various formal and informal practices
When I first started this meet-up it was intended as a Sangha and I was not really planning on being the instructor, but more a member of the Sangha who is offering her home as the place to meet-up. However, i believe that being the instructor and offering a setting with formal and informal guidance is more appropriate.
Hence, starting November 2014 sessions will be instructional and participants will have to go through a registration like process to participate. This is primarily because space is limited and the sessions will be of more benefit to those who wish to attend on an on-going basis.
You can expect the following:
• Sitting meditation
• Walking meditation
• Body Scan meditation
• Gentle movements meditation
• Mindful Eating
• Mindful sounds and scents
• Loving kindness meditation
• Interpersonal meditation
• Small and large group discussions and talks
This meetup is suitable for anyone who would like to be part of a meditation group - though it is really intended more for beginners. We will practice being present with whatever arises in the present moment and without judgement. We will use various objects of meditation, such as the breath, the body, sounds, walking ... We will learn to be patient, loving and kind with ourselves. The practice is quite simple really, and profoundly deep. The practice does not promise anything. The practice holds everything .. as it is a practice about increasing our awareness of ourselves and the world around us while working on our judgements and expanding our sense of compassion.
Because I am taking on the instructor role I will be charging a fee for each class of $16.95. Or $169.50 for 12 meet-ups . This minimum fee will help pay for supplies and instructional material costs.