Be the change you want to see in the world
At Ham Library community space
When: Every Monday.
Doors open 7.30pm come and relax with a cup of tea .
Meditation starts at 7.45pm please arrive a couple of minutes before hand so we can settle in to a quiet space together.
Finish at 9.15 pm.
Cost: This is a free event, but donations of £ 3 are welcome to cover our costs
Where: Ham Library community space. Ham Street, Ham, Richmond upon Thames (west London), TW10 7HR.
Public transport: From Richmond or Kingston; bus 371 to Ashburnham Rd, or bus 65 to Ham Common/Ham gate Avneue and walk along Ham Street towards Ham Library (approx. 5-10mins).
There is no need to have meditatied 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 cloudes 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/
Mindfulness is being awake
And present with our bodies, breaths, feeling, thoughts and noticing what is happening in the present moment. Sometimes when though we have the best apsirations to be kind and patience we get overwhelmed, our buttons get pushed, we fall in to old habits of reacting.
Then we pause and come back to our body and breath, and look deeply with compassion to understand what needs have not been cared for.
In January we will practecing with the following topics
14 of January Accaptence
The first noble truth, in the Buddhist teaching is that in life there is suffering.
The first step of transforming our lives from suffering to more peace and happiness, starts with pausing and paying attention what is going on inside us. We are observing how our bodies feel tired/energised, warm/cold, relaxed/tense.
We pay attention to the activity in our minds, are our thoughts running in a lop over and over again, is there chaos or is there stillness?
We look at our emotions, do we feel happy/sad, angry/peaceful?
With gentleness and non-judgment, we accepted that right now it is like this.
21 January Compassion
When we start looking closely at our thoughts, feelings and actions we can see that unkind words and actions can come from trying to push away or holding on to something or somebody.
We don’t want this, we want more of this or we want something else.
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.
This are some of the steps towards ending of suffering.
27 January Cultivation of the wholesome seeds
Our mind is like a piece of land planted with many different kinds of seeds,
joy, peace, mindfulness, understanding, and love; seeds of craving, anger, fear, hate, and forgetfulness.
By practicing mindfulness, we can start seeing that some of these seed create suffering and some create peace and happiness. Some are wholesome and some are unwholesome.
And by cultivating the wholesome seeds, we have more tools to deal with situations and people that we find difficult.
Coming togeher and meditation in a group
Can be a refudge 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 situation with a clearer mind and more skilful 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, for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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