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Should MSI continue to hold classes / sessions in ABQ?
We had to cancel today's Albuquerque session because it looked as if no one other than the facilitators were to be in attendance. At least as judged by the RSVPs on this Meetup website. Some weeks ago we took a trip from Santa Fe to ABQ, with 7 people other than the orgnanizers having RSVP'd, but not one person other than the organizers showed up. This is discouraging, of course. We're probably going to cease holding sessions in ABQ, but wanted to provide folks in ABQ with an opportunity to offer encouragement to continue, if you like. If 8-10 people click (RSVP) here as a way of signaling "Please continue, I really want to be a part of this" we will reconsider our situation. This will need to happen quickly, as we don't want to continue to pay out rent on the space if we're not going to be utilizing it.

Maple Street Dance Space

3215 Central Ave. · Albuquerque , NM

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What we're about

Mindful Somatics Institute (MSI) offers classes, sessions, workshops and retreats in the field of mindful somatics, also known as embodied mindfulness practices. You can think of embodied mindfulness practices as very body-centered mindfulness meditation practices. Our work is equally about somatics and mindfulness.

We originated in Santa Fe, and are beginning to branch out into ABQ. You may learn more about us by looking at our Santa Fe Meetup website.: http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Somatics-Santa-Fe

Soon we will have our own independent website at http://www.mindfulsomatics.org

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What is somatics?

Philosopher and somatics educator, Thomas Hanna, defined somatics as "...the field of study dealing with somatic phenomena, i.e., the human being as experienced by himself (or herself) from the inside." He defined soma as "the body experienced from within." The perspective of MSI is that any practices which encourage and support the integration of mind, body, and spirit is a somatics (http://donhanlonjohnson.com/somatics.html) practice -- and that mindfulness and somatics go together beautifully.

What is mindfulness?

According to author and teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn, "mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally. Mindfulness practitioners learn how to pay attention on purpose by practicing specially developed mindfulness meditation practices & mindful movements."

But mindfulness isn't just about what we ordinarily consider to be "the mind," it's also about the body (the soma) and about the heart. Kabat-Zinn has said that,

"Mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation. [But] it’s not about Buddhism, but about paying attention. That’s what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used. In Asian languages, the word for mind and the word for heart are the same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention."

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MSI is a 501c3 nonprofit organization in New Mexico

Tax deductible contributions are welcome at

Mindful Somatics Institute

PO Box 1534

Santa Fe, NM 87504

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