• Mindful Doodling, Coloring, and Drawing

    Forum de Freedom at CMU

    Unwind and unplug from the day and reconnect with your higher self through mindful doodling and drawing! Studies have shown that drawing, doodling, and even coloring, can reduce stress and activate the pleasure/reward centers in the brain. Being creative can also be meditative and create space to safely sit with difficult emotions and help with problem-solving. This is a safe, accepting place to explore your creativity and draw closer to yourself. With that in mind, you are encouraged to be present with the act of creating and being and to loosen expectations on results. You’re here for you! So come as you are, no prior drawing/creative experience needed. Some supplies will be provided, e.g., paper, colored pencils, pens, graphite pencils, but you are encouraged to bring materials you feel comfortable using. If you’re not feeling up to drawing or doodling, feel free to use the provided coloring sheets. Rachel provides some general guidance at the beginning of each session, then we draw/doodle either with music or in silence for an hour, and can open up about our experience for the remainder. Free. Inspired Love Donations gratefully accepted at the door. (Suggested $5-10 to help cover supplies.) ** **** Tonight's event is led by Rachel Bloom, a trained artist and self-taught consciousness explorer who provides general direction and a safe, encouraging space for people to just be with their own minds and creativity in the presence of other people on the same journey. Rachel is an artist, writer and marketer. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in metalsmithing and makes multimedia sculptures, costumes, and wearable art. Her professional writing/marketing portfolio can be found at http://rachellynbloom.com. Her art work can be viewed on her phone. Please encourage her to finish her art website. _____ Please check mindfuluse.org for last-minute schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update by e-mail. _____ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly”, that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note, however, that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

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  • Crystal Bowl Monday Meditation

    Forum de Freedom

    Whether you are new to meditation or a veteran "sitter," please join us every Monday evening in Bellingham's Forum de Freedom as the CMU community gathers to practice mental stillness. Meditation unites mind, body and spirt, helping one tap into the deep state of relaxation, peace — and sometimes inspiration! — that exists within all of us. Our Monday Night Meditation could not be more simple. We meet. We greet. We take a seat. And we finish before 7p. :) This is not a meditation class, but during the "greet" we can share meditation practices that may assist those new to meditation. Our general practice is to meditate with the assistance of our beautiful Crystal Singing Bowl. (Similar to this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_xAmpNxkOE).) You can read about the benefits some have received from crystal bowl meditation here: http://elevatedlasvegas.com/benefits-healing-crystal-singing-bowls/ Please arrive by 5:55pm so we can begin promptly at 6. Doors will be locked shortly after our meditation begins to minimize disturbance to other sitters. Drop-ins welcome. Bring your favorite meditation pillow (we do have a few first-come/first-serve loaners) or plan to use a chair. It all works. And it's all free. (Inspired love donations always gratefully accepted.) Facilitated by CMU Director Mike Hiestand. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. _______________ Some have found mindful cannabis use an aid to meditation, helping calm the "monkey mind" and ground oneself in the present moment. Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly,” that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted by our lease.

  • Sacred Sexuality Bellingham

    Forum de Freedom at CMU

    Sacred Sexuality Bellingham is a playful and thoughtful group of individuals who are interested in exploring sexuality consciously. We have various meetups, from book discussions to eye-gazing and many more, each with the intention of expanding our understanding, abilities, and knowledge-base of our sexual selves. We welcome everyone, regardless of experience levels, gender, race, sexual orientation, or partnering status. Bring your insight and ideas, and let's learn together! We will be lead by Serena Davidson in a sacred circle of listening about a fresh topic each month. We can each walk away with new understandings of our own personal sacred sex journey and the next step to take towards it. Meets in the Forum de Freedom on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays. Each Meetup is different. For a more specific description of upcoming topics, check out the group's Meetup Page at: https://www.meetup.com/Sacred-Sexuality-Discussion-Group/ $10/person cash donation at the door. This is a fragrance and scent free gathering. Please be sure to wash off any scented products before you arrive. Please wear comfortable clothes. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. ____ "Spontaneous personal experiences of the sacred gave me reason to get intentional about learning how to create them. In my own journey with sacred sexuality I've been inspired by the methods in The Art of Sexual Ecstasy by Margo Anand. It's always helpful to have conversation and connection with others on a similar path. That's why I founded our Sacred Sexuality Bellingham Meetup group. It's proven to be a helpful motivator in continuing this journey of exploration." - Serena * Certified Adult Sexuality Educator through the national Our Whole Lives program * Mentored in creating, facilitating and maintaining sacred space and sacred circles through Sacred Groves and Woman's Way Red Lodge

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  • Open Community Yoga with Tim Walker

    Forum de Freedom at CMU

    All-levels yoga postures and teachings for the everyday person. Come learn the practice of yoga in simple language. Yoga is a practice that helps us access a state of integration and wholeness inside ourselves. It is not just for the flexible, although it will build flexibility. It is not just for the meditator, although it will teach you to meditate. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. Please bring your own mat. Props are available. Please show up on time. Doors will be locked soon after our practice begins to minimize disturbance. Drop-ins welcome. The class is free with inspired love donations gratefully accepted. ($10 suggestion.) Meets every Wednesday. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP if you'd like to receive an automatic update. Guided by Tim Walker. "Since August 2012 I have been cultivating deeply devoted yoga and meditation practices. A Teacher Training Program soon followed as a way to unlock more doors to Self realization and Love. Yoga and Ayurvedic health continue to gift me ever expanding and amazing tools to work with on Life's path. In offering Yoga to our community, I enjoy instructing all ages and levels, with most emphasis on Alignment based, Gentle Flow and Restorative classes. My intention is to show up with authenticity in every moment, allowing space for others to Behold just who they are." You can read more about Tim and his yoga journey at: http://www.whatcomtalk.com/2018/06/14/tim-walker-finding-change-through-yoga/ ______________ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by CMU are “Canna-friendly,” that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

  • Conscious Free-Form Dance

    Forum de Freedom

    We gather every Tuesday night in downtown Bellingham for an inviting community event of free-form movement! Ages 18 and up. All bodies, abilities and diverse experiences welcome. Leave shoes & conversation at the door. Move however you wish! Conscious Free-form Dance is free-form movement to great music; movement that feels right in the moment rather than dancing to ‘look good’; dancing like you might in your living room alone but with other people doing the same; a mood-boosting cardio workout. It relieves stress, and it’s meditative. (Here's a good, short video if you're new to conscious dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5st-JANR7x0) Join us in releasing and rejoicing, moving our bodies, listening deeply and gently, being with yourself inwardly as well as dancing in community in a safe and sacred space. Much healing can happen when we listen to the wisdom of our bodies and allow those stuck places in us to loosen and let go and move through us and out. Absolutely no experience in dance needed. Many first time dancers report finding a new sense of freedom or movement in this safe and accepting dance environment. Wear comfy clothes, bring a water bottle and a hand towel if you tend to sweat a lot when you dance hard. Free. Inspired Love Donations gratefully accepted at the door. (Suggested $10.) Drop-ins welcome, as space permits. Doors open at 7:15 for warmup. Dance facilitated by Moraya Morningstar Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. ____________________ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly,” that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are, being fully responsible for themselves. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

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  • LIVING with Chronic Conditions: Embracing the Joy and Sorrow

    Do you live with chronic pain or illness? Do you feel alone or isolated due to your struggles with pain and illness? Do you feel like your friends and family have a hard time understanding your experience? If so, the LIVING group may be just what you need! LIVING is a monthly support group for adults living with chronic pain and other chronic illnesses and conditions. What makes this group unique is the focus on LIVING instead of symptom management. Chronic conditions take an extraordinary amount of energy to manage, energy we might not always have. When most of our time and energy are spent coping with symptoms, it can be easy for the things that are important to us to fall by the wayside. This group makes space for the entire experience of living with chronicity and helps you embrace not only the joyful moments, but also the sorrowful moments, and helps you reclaim things you may have lost along the way. Things like: hobbies and activities, friendships and other relationships, physical movement and exercise, healthy eating, laughter and play and so much more! Join Heather Brown at the Center for Mindful Use on the third Tuesday of every month from 5:55 PM to 7:00 PM to support, encourage and uplift each other as we navigate the jungle we call chronic pain and illness. Suggested donation of $5-$20 is much appreciated, however, ALL are welcome, regardless of ability to pay. Drop-ins welcome. Doors will be locked shortly after the event begins to minimize disturbance. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. About the Teacher Heather Brown, MA, LMHC, is a licensed psychotherapist, life coach, and owner of Green Light Counseling, a private practice in Bellingham. She has been counseling adults and teens in Washington State since 2007. For more information about Heather and Green Light Counseling: Web: https://greenlightcounseling.net/living-support-group.php, Email: [masked] Phone: (360)[masked]. ______ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly”, that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note, however, that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

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  • Crystal Bowl Monday Meditation

    Forum de Freedom

    Whether you are new to meditation or a veteran "sitter," please join us every Monday evening in Bellingham's Forum de Freedom as the CMU community gathers to practice mental stillness. Meditation unites mind, body and spirt, helping one tap into the deep state of relaxation, peace — and sometimes inspiration! — that exists within all of us. Our Monday Night Meditation could not be more simple. We meet. We greet. We take a seat. And we finish before 7p. :) This is not a meditation class, but during the "greet" we can share meditation practices that may assist those new to meditation. Our general practice is to meditate with the assistance of our beautiful Crystal Singing Bowl. (Similar to this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_xAmpNxkOE).) You can read about the benefits some have received from crystal bowl meditation here: http://elevatedlasvegas.com/benefits-healing-crystal-singing-bowls/ Please arrive by 5:55pm so we can begin promptly at 6. Doors will be locked shortly after our meditation begins to minimize disturbance to other sitters. Drop-ins welcome. Bring your favorite meditation pillow (we do have a few first-come/first-serve loaners) or plan to use a chair. It all works. And it's all free. (Inspired love donations always gratefully accepted.) Facilitated by CMU Director Mike Hiestand. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. _______________ Some have found mindful cannabis use an aid to meditation, helping calm the "monkey mind" and ground oneself in the present moment. Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly,” that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted by our lease.