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Mindfulness Meditation class via Skype

  • Dec 24, 2012 · 7:00 PM

After last night's meeting, discussion and sharing, I thought I would offer this class to the LOA group as well as the other meetups I do. Mindfulness came up a lot as part of our Law of Attraction discussion and sharing about our practice. It is definitely a practice that really gets you in a place to really attract your here is the info on the class.

Mindfulness is a practice used both in modern psychology as well as more ancient practices and religions such as Buddhism. For me, I have found that using this practice with the way I eat, the way I move throughout my day and just taking time to take things in as they are have really made a major impact on my life and the freedom I experience within it. I would love it if there were some committed individuals willing to come together and commit to try it daily for 4 weeks and connect each week and share about your experience. To simplify, I thought we could meet via conference call or via skype for our weekly sharing and to get your next week's assignments. I will provide with a guideline and weekly audio to practice by and it will be up to you to commit to the practice. I highly recommend it and would love to do it for 8 weeks, but I thought we'd start with 4. There are a couple of books I will recommend as well if you want to try to do some reading about it and go deeper into your own practice or knowledge.

We can meet in person for one of these weekly session too if you like and as a group, we will decide on whether Sunday evening or Monday evening is best to do our weekly sharing. When you RSVP, please indicate if one or the other is preferred.

Cost: $60 if you pay for the whole class up front or $25/wk if you choose to join just on a week by week basis. We will practice together on our weekly call as well as you will be receiving weekly material. This is an amazing practice and a steal! I'm looking forward to having others to practice this with!

Below is just a couple of snippets of Wikipedia's definitions of both Mindfulness Psychology (used more in the West and Modern Practice) and also a paragraph from the Wikipedia Mindfulness Meditation used in Buddhism.

Several definitions of mindfulness have been used in modern psychology. According to various prominent psychological definitions, Mindfulness refers to a psychological quality that involves

bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis,[1]

or involves

paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally,[1]

or involves

a kind of nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that arises in the attentional field is acknowledged and accepted as it is[2]

Bishop, Lau, and colleagues (2004)[3] offered a two-component model of mindfulness:

The first component [of mindfulness] involves the self-regulation of attention so that it is maintained on immediate experience, thereby allowing for increased recognition of mental events in the present moment. The second component involves adopting a particular orientation toward one’s experiences in the present moment, an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance.[3]:2

The Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness (satipatthana) in one's day-to-day life maintaining as much as possible a calm awareness of one's bodily functions, sensations (feelings), objects of consciousness (thoughts and perceptions), and consciousness itself. The practice of mindfulness supports analysis resulting in the arising of wisdom (Pali: paññā, Sanskrit: prajñā).[3] A key innovative teaching of the Buddha was that meditative stabilisation must be combined with liberating discernment

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