What we're about

Welcome! I created this group as a means for like-minded individuals to come together and discuss practical ways that we can practice spirituality in our lives. That's basically it! No rules other than coming with an open mind and open heart. You don't need to worry about being "spiritual enough" - no such thing! :)

Discussions will focus partially on Buddhism-based principles such as mindfulness and compassion, but note that this is NOT meant to be a group focusing on Buddhism as a religion or dogmatic practice. This group is not meant to be Buddhism 101, but more a place for us to meet with deeper questions, and even struggles.

Topics may include: Mindfulness in everyday life; Finding comfort in uncertainty; If the Buddha dated (based on a book by the same name); as well as open discussions! I also recommend Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”, or one of Pema Chodron's books – some of our discussions will center around similar themes to the ones presented there.

In addition to these discussion-centered events, I will be planning some more social outings as well. In short – if you are intrigued by all this talk of mindfulness, meditation, and living in the present moment, join us!

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Here are some guidelines for our sessions:

-- Before each event, please update your RSVP if you plan to attend. More importantly, please be sure to update your RSVP if you can no longer attend, after having RSVP’d as a “yes” OR after having been placed on the wait list. Group size is limited in order to make the discussions productive and manageable, and to keep the ambiance intimate; for this reason, we often have waiting lists, and any no-show takes away from one of the waiting list members being able to participate. Participants with 3 no shows will be removed from the group.

-- Please plan to arrive with enough time to settle in and purchase food (if desired/applicable at a particular location) before our start time.

-- We will have a 5-10 minute meditation at the start of the event. Various methods of meditation can be discussed during the group if you have any questions at all. If you do arrive after meditation has begun, please enter and find a seat as quietly as possible.

-- After our meditation and introductions, we will get into our discussion topic. Several things/guidelines to note:

- > All are open to share anything that might be going on in their lives; as such, we request that confidentiality is respected by all members.

- > Feel free to fully express your viewpoints, and please allow others in the group to do the same; it is often difficult for new members (and even quiet veterans) to feel comfortable in a new setting, and we want to encourage all to participate.

- > Please remember that side conversations, as tempting as they might be, may disrupt the group focus and flow. We will allow time at the end of the formal discussion for these more casual conversations.

- > It is important to make a concerted effort to be open-minded to divergent opinions, without emphasis on any one "right way"… there is no “right” or “wrong” :)

Upcoming events (3)

Does what we Resist, Persist?

Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op

$1.00

Hello all! Our next event will take place in Saint Paul, and will focus on how resistance affects us in everyday life. There’s an old quote by Carl Jung that claims that “what you resist persists” - so, at this event, we will discuss whether you feel this is true or not - and please feel free to bring practical examples and experiences! :) I would also love if everyone could also read one or both of the following short pieces related to the topic as well: https://www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/display/printerfriendly.cgi?articleid=5340 https://www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/display/articledisplay.cgi?aid=28839 Some questions for discussion may include: - Do you agree with the quote and reading above? - What do you find yourself resisting in your life? - What strategies (if any) can you share with the group for releasing the grip on resistance? Look forward to seeing you there! By the way - food will be available for purchase, so please be sure to come a little earlier if you are planning to grab some. (Please note, I have decided to charge a $1 fee for our discussion events, in order to cover the cost of room rentals as well as Meetup organizer fees... I will also be contributing the $1 at every event :) ...I hope this will not deter you from attending but if so, please reach out to me!)

Social event! at Hodges Bend

Hodges Bend

Hello! I am very excited to announce our first SOCIAL event for the group! (In other words, there is no formal discussion topic, and the event will take place at a restaurant as opposed to a quieter discussion space. Also, no $1 fee!) Please join us for small plates, and/or a beverage of your choice (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served, as well as coffee/tea). I have been very excited to check this place out and I hope you all find it is convenient for you regardless of which side of the river you call home. It is right across from light rail (West Gate station), and there is also on-street parking, on University right in front, that begins at 6pm! So, I have started the event at 6:05, allowing time for you to park at 6pm and then walk inside :) Last I checked, there were plenty of spots at this time but if that fails for you, staff has informed me that you are able to park in a parking lot down the street on Emerald Street (just make sure it's not the Wells Fargo lot). Looking forward to seeing you all there and getting to know you!

Living in the Present

The Wedge Table

$1.00

Hello all! This event will take place in Minneapolis, and will focus on the concept of living in the present moment. I will also present a few ideas and quotes from the book "Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle - feel free to read the book in advance, but it's not a requirement to attend. Some questions for discussion may include: - What does it mean to live in the present moment? - We hear about living in the moment a lot, but what does this look like in everyday life? - What do you see/believe to be the benefits of living in the moment? Look forward to seeing you there! Also, the Wedge Tables offers food available for purchase, so please be sure to come a little earlier if you are planning to grab some. (Please note, I have decided to charge a $1 fee for our discussion events, in order to cover the cost of room rentals as well as Meetup organizer fees... I will also be contributing the $1 at every event :) ...I hope this will not deter you from attending but if so, please reach out to me!)

Past events (1)

Open Discussion

110 W Grant St

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