What we're about

Special Notice

Until concern over the virus passes, our group will be meeting outdoors and online.

When we meet outdoors, we must maintain a physical distance from each other, minimum 6 feet. If you are feeling sick, please stay home, rest, and attend our online meetups. Because we can be contagious for two weeks before showing any symptoms, we need to act as if we already have it, and be considerate not to spread it to each other.

And even while we keep our physical distance from each other, let's try to draw closer in friendship and mutual support. Let's double down on our meditation practice to maintain a calm, helpful perspective.

Feel free to reach out to me (David) or other members of the group, using the meetup messaging feature and discussion forums.

Who We Are

We're a group of laid back and genuine people that get together for meditation, movies, book clubs, thoughtful discussions, and socializing.

We don't charge for membership, and most of our meetings are free. When we do ask for contributions, they are only to cover our costs.

Upcoming events (5)

Online Group Meditation and Discussion

Online event

Let's practice together right in the middle of the week, right in the middle of the day. This is a shorter meditation group meeting - meant to be taken during a mid-week lunch break. Meeting on Zoom Once you RSVP here, you will get a link to the zoom meeting online. You are welcome join our meeting a few minutes early if you want to get settled in before we start. (Note that this zoom link will be different from the link we use on Sundays.) Meditative Inquiry? What's that? In addition to facilitating the Sunday morning groups here, I've also been practicing with, and facilitating meetings with the Ekoji Meditative Inquiry group, which has almost exactly the same format and intention as our Meetup group here. So I'm excited to invite both groups to come to meet and practice together here on Zoom on Wednesdays at noon and on Thursday nights. What kind of meditation will we be doing? Starting right at noon we will sit together in silence for 30 minutes. The main thing is that we try to remain present during our meditation, and when our attention wanders, we simply, kindly, gently return to our breath, or any other meditative touchpoint you have chosen for yourself. While meditating, some people prefer to turn off their video, and that's perfectly fine. After meditation, we open up for discussion, which can be about the meditation we just did, experiences during the week, our meditation practices, or anything that comes up that's related to practice or waking up in our lives. It's not unusual for there to be long pauses between speaking, where we just reflect on what was just said or are open to hear the next voice, and sometimes that voice is our own. We will wrap up the discussion around 1:15. What if I've never meditated before? Many people have started in groups like this, so you'll be in good company. What type of people will I be meditating with? Our group is very laid-back and open minded. We recognize that everyone is on their own individual path, so come as you are and you'll be welcomed. Do I have to sit still for 30 minutes? No. If you get uncomfortable, shift your position. You can choose to meditate however it works best for you as long as you respect those around you. How do I start meditating? Tara Brach has a perfect introduction here (http://www.tarabrach.com/howtomeditate.html). Other Meditation Groups and Resources There are lots of resources for learning and practicing meditation here in Richmond. This site (http://www.richmondmeditates.vcu.edu/) lists many of them. Richmond Meditative Inquiry Group at Ekoji http://ekojirichmond.org/ekoji-buddhist-groups/richmond-meditative-inquiry-group.html

Online Group Meditation and Discussion

Online event

New to the art of sitting still? Looking to mix up your meditation routine? Then please join us for an online group meditation and a contemplative discussion. Meeting on Zoom Once you RSVP here, you will get a link to the zoom meeting online. You are welcome join our meeting a few minutes early if you want to get settled in before we start. (Note that this zoom link will be different from the link we use on Sundays.) Meditative Inquiry? What's that? In addition to facilitating the Sunday morning groups here, I've also been practicing with, and facilitating meetings with the Ekoji Meditative Inquiry group, which has almost exactly the same format and intention as our Meetup group here. So I'm excited to invite both groups to come to meet and practice together here on Zoom on Thursday nights. What kind of meditation will we be doing? Starting right around 7pm we will sit together in silence for 30 minutes. Occasionally, I'll give some guided meditation, if someone has joined us who is new to meditating. The main thing is that we try to remain present during our meditation, and when our attention wanders, we simply, kindly, gently return to our breath, or any other meditative touchpoint you have chosen for yourself. While meditating, some people prefer to turn off their video, and that's perfectly fine. After meditation, we open up for discussion, which can be about the meditation we just did, experiences during the week, our meditation practices, or anything that comes up that's related to practice or waking up in our lives. It's not unusual for there to be long pauses between speaking, where we just reflect on what was just said or are open to hear the next voice, and sometimes that voice is our own. We will wrap up the discussion around 8:45 and conclude with a final short meditation. What if I've never meditated before? Many people have started in groups like this, so you'll be in good company. What type of people will I be meditating with? Our group is very laid-back and open minded. We recognize that everyone is on their own individual path, so come as you are and you'll be welcomed. Do I have to sit still for 30 minutes? No. If you get uncomfortable, shift your position. You can choose to meditate however it works best for you as long as you respect those around you. How do I start meditating? Tara Brach has a perfect introduction here (http://www.tarabrach.com/howtomeditate.html). Other Meditation Groups and Resources There are lots of resources for learning and practicing meditation here in Richmond. This site (http://www.richmondmeditates.vcu.edu/) lists many of them. Richmond Meditative Inquiry Group at Ekoji http://ekojirichmond.org/ekoji-buddhist-groups/richmond-meditative-inquiry-group.html

Group Meditation at Maymont (weather allowing)

Maymont

New to the art of sitting still? Looking to mix up your meditation routine? Then join us for a group meditation. (The location can change because of weather or other factors. Please check back here before you leave for the park, especially if it might rain or if it's excessively hot.) If you are new to meditating or have questions, just come a little early at 10:00 to talk. When you arrive, let whoever is there know what you'd like to find out about. Social Distancing and Face Masks When we meet in person, we maintain social distance of at least 6 feet apart, and face masks are required near the circle. I know it's not easy when it's hot but these precautions make it possible for us to be safer together. What to bring? We will be sitting on the ground in the shade. Even so, you might want to put on some sunscreen. Some people bring portable folding chairs and some bring a ground cover like a blanket and a meditation cushion. A water bottle. And sometimes insects in the grass can bite, so insect repellent. If you happen to see some flowers in your yard, you could bring them to add to an arrangement at the center of our circle. If there are any flowers left after the meeting, you might take one or two that someone else brought as a reminder of our time together. What kind of meditation will we be doing? We usually sit in silence for 30 minutes, then have a short walking meditation. The main thing is that we try to remain present for each moment of the meditation, and when our attention wanders, we simply, kindly, gently return to whatever form of meditation we've chosen. After meditation, we open up for discussion, which can be about the meditation we just had, experiences during the week, our meditation practices, or anything that comes up that's related to practice or waking up in life. It's not unusual for there to be long pauses between speaking, where we just reflect on what was just said or are open to hear the next voice, and sometimes that voice is our own. We conclude the discussion around noon, but it's not unusual for people to leave before then. What if I've never meditated before? This is a great place to start. Most people in the group are fairly new to meditating, so you'll be in good company. What type of people will I be meditating with? Our group is very laid-back and open minded. We recognize that everyone is on their own individual path, so come as you are and you'll be welcomed. Do I have to sit still for 30 minutes? No. If you get uncomfortable, shift your position. You can choose to meditate however it works best for you as long as you respect those around you. How do I start meditating? Tara Brach has a perfect introduction here (http://www.tarabrach.com/howtomeditate.html). Other Meditation Groups and Resources There are lots of resources for learning and practicing meditation here in Richmond. This site (http://www.richmondmeditates.vcu.edu/) lists many of them.

Online Sunday Sound Bath

Downward Dog Dance Yoga and Wellness

Looking for a light, sweet meditative experience to center mind and heart and prepare you for the week ahead? Please join us this Sunday to explore meditation, pranayama (breathwork), and sound bath. We meet online at 9 pm, just after the sun has set. Livestream flows from IG at @yogawithanniepeace and from FB at Annie Peace RYT If you are able to contribute a few dollars toward Meetup costs, that is always appreciated. Venmo @annie-peace

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Online Sunday Sound Bath

Downward Dog Dance Yoga and Wellness

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