What we're about

Hello and welcome to the mindfulness meetup. This group is for anyone who wants to learn about meditation as a path to living harmoniously with self-awareness.

Release the past, move into the present and mindfully paint the future. Gain clarity from stillness, from stopping to pause and listen. Receive guidance on quieting the mind by focusing on the breath. Explore themes of self-kindness, letting go, renewal and skillful responses to daily life.

Mindfulness training polishes a silent nourishing mirror for the mind. It improves mental clarity and the ability to concentrate. It supports a connection to inner guidance, more creativity at solving problems and improved sleep. Relationships with family and friends deepen; one experiences increased energy and more enthusiasm for life. Stress lightens and is replaced with a grateful, resilient inner peace. Meditation is one of the best tools we have to balance our emotions, lower stress, sharper concentration and nurture the ability to savor life.

Some Benefits of Meditation:
*Strengthens one's capacity to be in the moment,
*Relaxes the body
*Connects the mind and body

Anyone can meditate. The ancient spiritual technology of belongs to all.

This group is an affiliate of the SPiCE Social Club
https://www.meetup.com/SPiCE-Social-Activit ...

Upcoming events (4+)

Meditation, Spiritual Talk with a Short Blessing (Online Event)

Online Friday Evening Meditation Schedule
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8.20 Join in
8.30 Meditation Instructions
8.40 Breathing Meditation
9.00 Short Loving Kindness Meditation
9.05 Lecture on Meditation technique or developing a spiritual quality
9.15 Questions & Answers
9.20 Farewell with smiles

Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76179904256?pwd=dDBKczFpT2taN2NRZlYyUnZWZjNjdz09

This Week Lecture: The Four Extremes - 02 (Anger)
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•Benefits of Meditation
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

1. Increases Positive Emotions & Decreases Negative Emotions
2. Increases vagal tone which increases positive emotions & feelings of social connection

HEALING

We don’t usually think of meditation as being able to help us with severe physical or mental ailments, but research shows it can help:

3. Decreases Migraines
4. Decreases Chronic Pain
5. Decreases PTSD
6. Decreases Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE BRAIN

We know that the brain is shaped by our activities. Regularly practicing loving-kindness meditation activates and strengthens areas of the brain responsible for empathy & emotional intelligence.

7. Activates empathy & emotional processing in the brain
8. Increases gray matter volume

THE STRESS RESPONSE

Loving Kindness Meditation also benefits your psychophysiology & makes it more resilient

9. Increases respiratory Sinus Arrythmia (RSA)
10. Slows Biological Aging
11. Makes you a more helpful person
12. Increases Compassion

A recent review of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) concludes that Loving Kindness Meditation may be the most effective practice for increasing compassion (Boellinghaus, Jones & Hutton, 2012)

13. Increases Empathy
Similarly, Klimecki, Leiberg, Lamm and Singer (2013) found that Loving Kindness Meditation training increased participants’ empathic responses to the distress of others, but also increased positive affective experiences, even in response to witnessing others in distress.

14. Decreases Your Bias towards others
A recent study (Kang, Gray & Dovido, 2014) found that compared to a closely matched active control condition, 6 weeks of Loving Kindness Meditation training decreased implicit bias against minorities.

15. Increases Social Connection
A study by Kok et al (2013) found that those participants in Loving Kindness Meditation interventions who report experiencing more positive emotions also reported more gains in perception of social connection as well.

SELF-LOVE

How many of us are slaves to self-criticism or low self-esteem? How many of us do not take as good care as we should of ourselves?

16. Curbs Self-Criticism

IMMEDIATE & LONG-TERM IMPACT
-------------------------------------------------
The nice thing about Loving Kindness Meditation is that it is effective in both immediate and small doses (i.e. instant gratification) but that it also has long-lasting and enduring effects.

17. Is Effective Even in Small Doses
Another study – Hutcherson, Seppala and Gross (2008)
– found an effect of a small dose of Loving Kindness Meditation (practiced in a single short session lasting less than 10 minutes). Compared with a closely matched control task, even just a few minutes of loving-kindness meditation increased feelings of social connection and positivity toward strangers.

18. Has Long-Term Impact.
A study by Cohn et al (2011) found that 35% of participants of a Loving Kindness Meditation intervention who continued to meditate and experience enhanced positive emotions 15 months after the intervention. Positive emotions correlated positively with the number of minutes spent meditating daily.
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• What to bring
Nothing

• Important to know

# Be on time.
# Dress modestly.
# Switch off or silence your mobile phone within the meditation time.

Meditation, Spiritual Talk with a Short Blessing (Online Event)

Online Friday Evening Meditation Schedule
------------------------------------------------------------------
8.20 Join in
8.30 Meditation Instructions
8.40 Breathing Meditation
9.00 Short Loving Kindness Meditation
9.05 Lecture on Meditation technique or developing a spiritual quality
9.15 Questions & Answers
9.20 Farewell with smiles

Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76179904256?pwd=dDBKczFpT2taN2NRZlYyUnZWZjNjdz09

This Week Lecture: The Four Extremes - 02 (Anger)
===========================================================
•Benefits of Meditation
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

1. Increases Positive Emotions & Decreases Negative Emotions
2. Increases vagal tone which increases positive emotions & feelings of social connection

HEALING

We don’t usually think of meditation as being able to help us with severe physical or mental ailments, but research shows it can help:

3. Decreases Migraines
4. Decreases Chronic Pain
5. Decreases PTSD
6. Decreases Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE BRAIN

We know that the brain is shaped by our activities. Regularly practicing loving-kindness meditation activates and strengthens areas of the brain responsible for empathy & emotional intelligence.

7. Activates empathy & emotional processing in the brain
8. Increases gray matter volume

THE STRESS RESPONSE

Loving Kindness Meditation also benefits your psychophysiology & makes it more resilient

9. Increases respiratory Sinus Arrythmia (RSA)
10. Slows Biological Aging
11. Makes you a more helpful person
12. Increases Compassion

A recent review of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) concludes that Loving Kindness Meditation may be the most effective practice for increasing compassion (Boellinghaus, Jones & Hutton, 2012)

13. Increases Empathy
Similarly, Klimecki, Leiberg, Lamm and Singer (2013) found that Loving Kindness Meditation training increased participants’ empathic responses to the distress of others, but also increased positive affective experiences, even in response to witnessing others in distress.

14. Decreases Your Bias towards others
A recent study (Kang, Gray & Dovido, 2014) found that compared to a closely matched active control condition, 6 weeks of Loving Kindness Meditation training decreased implicit bias against minorities.

15. Increases Social Connection
A study by Kok et al (2013) found that those participants in Loving Kindness Meditation interventions who report experiencing more positive emotions also reported more gains in perception of social connection as well.

SELF-LOVE

How many of us are slaves to self-criticism or low self-esteem? How many of us do not take as good care as we should of ourselves?

16. Curbs Self-Criticism

IMMEDIATE & LONG-TERM IMPACT
-------------------------------------------------
The nice thing about Loving Kindness Meditation is that it is effective in both immediate and small doses (i.e. instant gratification) but that it also has long-lasting and enduring effects.

17. Is Effective Even in Small Doses
Another study – Hutcherson, Seppala and Gross (2008)
– found an effect of a small dose of Loving Kindness Meditation (practiced in a single short session lasting less than 10 minutes). Compared with a closely matched control task, even just a few minutes of loving-kindness meditation increased feelings of social connection and positivity toward strangers.

18. Has Long-Term Impact.
A study by Cohn et al (2011) found that 35% of participants of a Loving Kindness Meditation intervention who continued to meditate and experience enhanced positive emotions 15 months after the intervention. Positive emotions correlated positively with the number of minutes spent meditating daily.
==========================================

• What to bring
Nothing

• Important to know

# Be on time.
# Dress modestly.
# Switch off or silence your mobile phone within the meditation time.

Meditation, Spiritual Talk with a Short Blessing (Online Event)

Online Friday Evening Meditation Schedule
------------------------------------------------------------------
8.20 Join in
8.30 Meditation Instructions
8.40 Breathing Meditation
9.00 Short Loving Kindness Meditation
9.05 Lecture on Meditation technique or developing a spiritual quality
9.15 Questions & Answers
9.20 Farewell with smiles

Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76179904256?pwd=dDBKczFpT2taN2NRZlYyUnZWZjNjdz09

This Week Lecture: The Four Extremes - 02 (Anger)
===========================================================
•Benefits of Meditation
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

1. Increases Positive Emotions & Decreases Negative Emotions
2. Increases vagal tone which increases positive emotions & feelings of social connection

HEALING

We don’t usually think of meditation as being able to help us with severe physical or mental ailments, but research shows it can help:

3. Decreases Migraines
4. Decreases Chronic Pain
5. Decreases PTSD
6. Decreases Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE BRAIN

We know that the brain is shaped by our activities. Regularly practicing loving-kindness meditation activates and strengthens areas of the brain responsible for empathy & emotional intelligence.

7. Activates empathy & emotional processing in the brain
8. Increases gray matter volume

THE STRESS RESPONSE

Loving Kindness Meditation also benefits your psychophysiology & makes it more resilient

9. Increases respiratory Sinus Arrythmia (RSA)
10. Slows Biological Aging
11. Makes you a more helpful person
12. Increases Compassion

A recent review of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) concludes that Loving Kindness Meditation may be the most effective practice for increasing compassion (Boellinghaus, Jones & Hutton, 2012)

13. Increases Empathy
Similarly, Klimecki, Leiberg, Lamm and Singer (2013) found that Loving Kindness Meditation training increased participants’ empathic responses to the distress of others, but also increased positive affective experiences, even in response to witnessing others in distress.

14. Decreases Your Bias towards others
A recent study (Kang, Gray & Dovido, 2014) found that compared to a closely matched active control condition, 6 weeks of Loving Kindness Meditation training decreased implicit bias against minorities.

15. Increases Social Connection
A study by Kok et al (2013) found that those participants in Loving Kindness Meditation interventions who report experiencing more positive emotions also reported more gains in perception of social connection as well.

SELF-LOVE

How many of us are slaves to self-criticism or low self-esteem? How many of us do not take as good care as we should of ourselves?

16. Curbs Self-Criticism

IMMEDIATE & LONG-TERM IMPACT
-------------------------------------------------
The nice thing about Loving Kindness Meditation is that it is effective in both immediate and small doses (i.e. instant gratification) but that it also has long-lasting and enduring effects.

17. Is Effective Even in Small Doses
Another study – Hutcherson, Seppala and Gross (2008)
– found an effect of a small dose of Loving Kindness Meditation (practiced in a single short session lasting less than 10 minutes). Compared with a closely matched control task, even just a few minutes of loving-kindness meditation increased feelings of social connection and positivity toward strangers.

18. Has Long-Term Impact.
A study by Cohn et al (2011) found that 35% of participants of a Loving Kindness Meditation intervention who continued to meditate and experience enhanced positive emotions 15 months after the intervention. Positive emotions correlated positively with the number of minutes spent meditating daily.
==========================================

• What to bring
Nothing

• Important to know

# Be on time.
# Dress modestly.
# Switch off or silence your mobile phone within the meditation time.

Meditation, Spiritual Talk with a Short Blessing (Online Event)

Online Friday Evening Meditation Schedule
------------------------------------------------------------------
8.20 Join in
8.30 Meditation Instructions
8.40 Breathing Meditation
9.00 Short Loving Kindness Meditation
9.05 Lecture on Meditation technique or developing a spiritual quality
9.15 Questions & Answers
9.20 Farewell with smiles

Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76179904256?pwd=dDBKczFpT2taN2NRZlYyUnZWZjNjdz09

This Week Lecture: The Four Extremes - 02 (Anger)
===========================================================
•Benefits of Meditation
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

1. Increases Positive Emotions & Decreases Negative Emotions
2. Increases vagal tone which increases positive emotions & feelings of social connection

HEALING

We don’t usually think of meditation as being able to help us with severe physical or mental ailments, but research shows it can help:

3. Decreases Migraines
4. Decreases Chronic Pain
5. Decreases PTSD
6. Decreases Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE BRAIN

We know that the brain is shaped by our activities. Regularly practicing loving-kindness meditation activates and strengthens areas of the brain responsible for empathy & emotional intelligence.

7. Activates empathy & emotional processing in the brain
8. Increases gray matter volume

THE STRESS RESPONSE

Loving Kindness Meditation also benefits your psychophysiology & makes it more resilient

9. Increases respiratory Sinus Arrythmia (RSA)
10. Slows Biological Aging
11. Makes you a more helpful person
12. Increases Compassion

A recent review of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) concludes that Loving Kindness Meditation may be the most effective practice for increasing compassion (Boellinghaus, Jones & Hutton, 2012)

13. Increases Empathy
Similarly, Klimecki, Leiberg, Lamm and Singer (2013) found that Loving Kindness Meditation training increased participants’ empathic responses to the distress of others, but also increased positive affective experiences, even in response to witnessing others in distress.

14. Decreases Your Bias towards others
A recent study (Kang, Gray & Dovido, 2014) found that compared to a closely matched active control condition, 6 weeks of Loving Kindness Meditation training decreased implicit bias against minorities.

15. Increases Social Connection
A study by Kok et al (2013) found that those participants in Loving Kindness Meditation interventions who report experiencing more positive emotions also reported more gains in perception of social connection as well.

SELF-LOVE

How many of us are slaves to self-criticism or low self-esteem? How many of us do not take as good care as we should of ourselves?

16. Curbs Self-Criticism

IMMEDIATE & LONG-TERM IMPACT
-------------------------------------------------
The nice thing about Loving Kindness Meditation is that it is effective in both immediate and small doses (i.e. instant gratification) but that it also has long-lasting and enduring effects.

17. Is Effective Even in Small Doses
Another study – Hutcherson, Seppala and Gross (2008)
– found an effect of a small dose of Loving Kindness Meditation (practiced in a single short session lasting less than 10 minutes). Compared with a closely matched control task, even just a few minutes of loving-kindness meditation increased feelings of social connection and positivity toward strangers.

18. Has Long-Term Impact.
A study by Cohn et al (2011) found that 35% of participants of a Loving Kindness Meditation intervention who continued to meditate and experience enhanced positive emotions 15 months after the intervention. Positive emotions correlated positively with the number of minutes spent meditating daily.
==========================================

• What to bring
Nothing

• Important to know

# Be on time.
# Dress modestly.
# Switch off or silence your mobile phone within the meditation time.

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