Falling Leaf Mindfulness Sangha meets weekly on Lopez Island. This gathering is inspired by the teachings of the Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh. This is open to anyone who is interested, regardless of their background, experience, and age.
What to Expect: The session will start with a brief reading, contemplation, poem, or reflecting, and some simple instructions for folks new to this practice offered by the bell minder. This will be followed by about twenty five minutes of sitting meditation, ten minutes of walking meditation, and then a second twenty five minute session of sitting meditation. Chairs, cushions, etc. are available for sitting, there is no need to sit in a particular posture. We all live in our bodies, and need make sure our practice servers and strengthens them so any relaxed, attentive posture that doesn't strain your body, in a chair or on the floor is the "goal." After the first hour, there will be 15-20 minutes of for anyone in the circle to share insights or reflections.
Why: Meditation offers an opportunity to nourish our well-being, happiness, and inner strength. This meditation is both a gentle invitation to deeply relax, as well as cultivating of purposefulness of the mind. At the heart of this practice is a space and community to nourish qualities such as kindness, gentleness, inner strength, and skillful communication.
Our meeting time is Mondays from 6:00pm to 7:15pm at Down Dog Studio on Midnight's Farm (3042 Center Road, Lopez).
This is offered free of charge, but small donations are appreciated to cover the costs of the space.
"In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality."
" Thich Nhat Hanh