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Embodied Mindfulness for Beginners
These last several weeks we have offered two consecutive beginner classes on Fridays. Now we've decided to offer just one beginner class each Friday (this one) and follow it with what we call an "Open Space" practice session. If you attend the beginner class as a beginner in the MOSI approach to embodied mindfulness you will have just enough orientation to our practice to join us in the Open Space session which begins following a ten minute break between the class and session. No previous experience is necessary to join a beginner class. To allow for a ten minute break between class and session, we will conclude the class at 11:55 am and begin the following session at 12:05. You can step outside during the break, if you like, or enjoy a few moments of casual social time with the group. Use your break time as it suits you -- if you intend to continue to the day's session. You can also skip the session and just attend the class. Nevertheless, the post-class session will be continuous with the weekly theme or principle explored in the class time. This Friday's class, as with the previous classes, will center on an individual theme or principle of practice. Recent themes have been Ease (Easefulness) and Acceptance. Future themes will be suchlike as Gravity (how are we relating with gravity?), Kindness, Spontaneity, etc. Sometimes we will be able to announce the upcoming theme here. But not this time, as it hasn't been decided yet. So, what is MOSI? And what is embodied mindfulness? Embodied mindfulness practices are any approaches to mindfulness practice or mindfulness meditation which strongly emphasize our somatic (mind-body, bodymind) experience. They are sometimes called "embodiment practices," though not all embodiment practices emphasize the mindfulness component, as the MOSI approach does. An embodiment practice is any practice which deepens our intimacy with what folks in the somatics field call "the soma" -- which is our word for the living body as experienced from within. MOSI (pronounced moh-zee) is a unique approach to embodied mindfulness which was developed here in Santa Fe by Mindful Somatics Institute. MOSI is an acronym for Mindfulness Oriented Somatic Inquiry. MOSI draws its inspirations from a wide array of somatics and embodiment traditions, including the body-centered meditation approaches of Will Johnson, Judith Blackstone and Reggie Ray, but also Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation, Sensory Awareness and Eugene Gendlin's Focusing. Each of these inspirational traditions influenced MOSI, but MOSI is not any of these, per se. We adopted and adapted to create MOSI. MOSI practice almost always emphasizes movement, and our movement practice is generally about freedom, spontaneity and improvisation. That is, it doesn't have a "correct" form. It is whatever you allow to unfold naturally, spontaneously. But we also spend some time doing relatively still mindfulness meditations -- guided or otherwise. Depending. MOSI -- very importantly -- is a process-oriented practice, which means it isn't about achiving any particular goal or agenda. Everyone who has ever practiced MOSI with us over the four years it has been offered to the public has said that they have benefited from it. But the benefits vary from one person to another. Some find that physical pain symptoms seem to just "fall away". Others experience increased freedom from emotional suffering or confusion. Yet others discover that their creativity is enhanced. You can't know what benefits may come your way in practicing MOSI, but we're certain that if you stick with it that some benefit will arise. Please bring a water bottle for thirst and wear clothing which allows for freedom in movement. Bring a light extra layer of clothing, too, just in case it becomes needed. The Studio space can fluctuate in temperature. Ample on-site parking is available for free. Suggested voluntary donations -- $5. $10 or so.

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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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