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Embodied Mindfulness for Beginners
We are temporarily pausing the MOSI Somatic Meditation sessions for a few weeks as we transition to a new way of orienting beginners through short, one hour classes. As we plan a 4-6 week class series, we will be offering independent, short classes at our usual weekly Friday session time. And we will be holding two similar hour long classes on the second Saturday of each month. These interim period classes will not be part of a series, but will be stand alone hour long classes, each of which will emphasize fundamentals of embodied mindfulness practices within the MOSI approach. Each of these classes will be unique and different, and will be designed especially for beginners. However, while designed for beginners these classes are promised to be both useful and interesting for the more experienced MOSI and embodied mindfulness practitioner. We have learned over the years that folks prefer less time talking about practices and more time experiencing the practices themselves. So these independent classes and class series will involve minimal talking and will strongly emphasize experiential learning. On this particular Saturday we will have two consecutive class periods, one beginning at 3 pm and the next beginning sharply at 4:05 pm. There will be a ten minute break between these two classes, so the first class will conclude at 3:55 pm. You are invited to attend one or both of these classes, each of which will be different and unique. Those attending both classes are not expected to make an additional donation. In fact, your donations are entirely voluntary. We recommend a donation of $8 - $10 dollars for one or both classes. A basket will be available for your anonymous donations. No previous experience is necessary for these classes. Please wear clothing which allows for free movement and bring a water bottle for thirst. Bring an extra layer of clothing if need be. It can be cool in The Studio at times, though we try to keep the temperature comfortable. MOSI (acronym for Mindfulness Oriented Somatic Inquiry -- pronounced moh-zee) is a unique approach to embodiment and somatic mindfulness meditation developed by Mindful Somatics Institute here in Santa Fe. MOSI draws influences and inspiration from a diversity of somatics and mindfulness traditions, including the work of Will Johnson, Reggie Ray, Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation, and the broad field of somatic psychology. While we borrow from these traditions, ours is a unique approach which is both similar and different from the root traditions which inspired MOSI. As with our MOSI Somatic Meditation sessions, our main focus will be an ever deepening experiential exploration of breathing, sensing and moving as somatic mindfulness anchors. In these classes we will explore some guided practices and will also have time for free and spontaneous, self-directed exploration. Our practices will involve both spontaneous, free movement (improv) and relatively still practices in various postures such as laying down, standing and sitting. Abundant free parking is available on site. Welcome!

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--------------- Hi, and Welcome! Be sure to READ HERE (click) for more details (http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Somatics-Santa-Fe/about/)!

This is the Meetup website for Mindful Somatics Institute (MSI) and MOSI (pronounced moh-zee), which is the acronym for Mindfulness Oriented Somatic Inquiry. MOSI is a new and emerging mindfulness and somatics practice group (and style) based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. MSI is its parent organization, and offers many classes, workshops, sessions and retreats in the field of mindful somatics.

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 MOSI 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."

In MOSI, we endeavor to bring wise and affectionate attention to our present moment experience in various "modes (http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Somatics-Santa-Fe/pages/About_%22The_Modes%22)" of practice, which we call Stillness, Movement, Listening, Voice, Touch and Vision. We embrace familiar Stillness meditation forms, such as the ever-popular sitting cross-legged on the floor (or any other upright sitting), but we also practice meditation in motion, as Movement (which can include dance and non-dance movement). Most often, our Movement practices are both spontaneous and improvisational.

While MOSI is ultimately very conceptually simple, it's also difficult to explain concisely. You really have to join with us to appreciate its innovative, gentle, creative spirit.

MSI welcomes gifts of many kinds in support of our emerging and growing mindful somatics (http://www.mindfulsomatics.org/about/) practice community. If you have talents or skills to offer, wonderful! If you have practice space for sessions, workshops, retreats, classes, fantastic! If you'd like to offer your facilitation and teaching skills in mindful somatics, hallelujah! Monetary gift pledges are welcome, too. (See address below.) We'd also be happy to have the services of talented writers, photographers, graphic artists, computer 'geeks', editors, movers and dancers, meditators... pretty much any skills or talents.... Ask us! -- http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Somatics-Santa-Fe/messages/boards/thread/47064772

Through receiving gifts from our community, MSI (and MOSI) can offer what it offers as a gift to all who will receive. Welcome to the emerging gift economy (http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Somatics-Santa-Fe/pages/What_is_%22the_gift_economy%22%3F)! (Or ecology, if you prefer.)

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