Be the change you want to see in the world
At Ham Library community space
Happy new year
We are taking a break, but are back Monday the 13 January
Looking for a fresh start?
January is often the month when we decided to improve our quality of life or start with doing something to help the world.
But it’s easy to fall back to old habits, even though we had the best of aspirations.
The five hindrances are one of the Buddhist teachings that can help us to understand why it’s so difficult to stay with our commitments and change habit is that don’t serve us any more.
The first five weeks this year we will look at one topic at the time and see how a mindful approach to these can help end suffering.
When: Every Monday. Starting Monday the 13 Janary
Doors open at 7.30 pm, come and relax with a cup of tea and give yourself time to settle in.
Meditation starts at 7.45, ends at 9.15 pm.
Cost: This is a free event, but donations of £ 4 are welcome to cover our costs
Where: Ham Library community space. Ham Street, Ham, Richmond upon Thames, TW10 7HR.
Public transport: From Richmond or Kingston; bus 371 to Ashburnham Rd, or bus 65 to Ham Common/Ham gate Avenue and walk along Ham Street towards Ham Library (approx. 5-10mins).
There is no need to have meditation before.
- For the avoidance of doubt, this is neither a therapeutic group nor a stress reduction group. The meetings have a minimum age limit of 16 years and we regret that children cannot be brought to our meetings.
- Please note that mindfulness and meditation may not be helpful for people with mental conditions such as paranoia or schizophrenia, and may make such conditions worse. If you have any doubts about this please consult your GP.
- Also since one of the aims with the practice is a clear mind, we ask that you abstain from taking non-precription drugs and alcohol that clouds the mind when joining the meditation sessions.
- To read more about the mindfulness guideline about sobriety please see this link https://tricycle.org/magazine/the-five-precepts/
The Heart of Buddhist teaching is to do no harm!
For a long time, our modern life has been disconnected from the impact that we have on nature. Fortunately, more and more people are awaking to the fact that we are not separate from nature; in fact, we are very much part of nature and dependent on it.
This autumn, we will focus on the Buddha’s teaching that in life there is suffering but also that there is an end to suffering.
Suffering can be anything from physical pain (toothache), emotional pain (worry, anxiety, anger).
But it can also be that nature and wildlife is suffering because of the impact humans have on it.
And how our lives and well-being get affected by the increase in carbon emission and climate change.
Meditation and Mindfulness is being awake
Being present with our bodies, breaths, feelings, and thoughts and noticing what is happening in the present moment.
Sometimes even though we have the best aspirations to be kind and patient, we get overwhelmed our buttons get pushed we fall into old habits of reacting and unmindful consumptions.
Then we pause and come back to our body and breath and back to the aspiration of doing no harm.
We let our thoughts and actions be guided by kindness and care for a sustainable future for all living beings.
Using the mantras;
May this suffering awaken compassion in me.
May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love.
May I learn to look at all living beings with the eyes of understanding and love.
These is some of the steps towards ending suffering.
Coming together and meditating in a group can be
a refuge of peace and a beautiful way to spend time with other people
Practicing breathing and body relaxation can help to still the mind and improve concentration. And help us respond to difficult situations with a clearer mind and a more skillful approach.
Part of the evening will consist of a short reading to inspire how we can use mindfulness in our everyday life, to make a difference in the world towards a more peaceful, fairer and sustainable future.
And an opportunity to share your experience in mindful speaking and listening.
The meditation practice is inspired by Buddhist teaching, but people from all spiritual paths or no paths are welcome. The group is run on a drop-in basis, no need to commit or book, just come when you like to practice in a group. And there is no need to have meditated before.
The meditation is facilitated by Sufiyo Andersson,
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