Mindfulness Opportunities!

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February 21st

Buddhism in the Eyes of Beholders from Ancient Times to the Present
Sanskritist and Buddhist Studies scholar, Dan Bisgaard will discuss the article,“Big Tent” Buddhism and clear up some western misconceptions (possibly your own) about Buddhism.
Please read the article and send questions to Dan in advance.
RSVP to Nadine – nadine.lockitch7@gmail.com  if you are interested in attending.

February 28th
Half-Day Mindfulness Retreat
Please RSVP to Anna – az@annazimmerman.com

Half Day Silent Retreat Ron de JongEvery Monday at 8:30 am
Meditation with Ron
Sessions include an introduction, a 20-30 minute meditation and a discussion afterward. It’s a great way to start your week!
Location: Plaza del Mar
For information: ron@dejong.org


Mindfulness in Plain EnglishTuesdays at 2pm beginning March 7th
Happiness Study Group (Because mindfulness makes you happier!)
We continue into our third year of mindfulness study and practice with an exploration of Vipassana Meditation in our new book, Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana.  It’s available on Amazon in paperback and kindle versions.  Reading is strongly recommended for this chapter by chapter study and we’ll jump right in with the first chapters on March 7.  Specifics will be posted on our  Happiness Study Group Facebook Page, and on the Not Church Facebook Page as well.

What Exactly is Vipassana Meditation? This short article will give you some background on the practice.   

Seating is limited so please contact Nadine nadine.lockitch7@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the group.  

Tuesdays at 2:30 – 4pm
Mindfulness in Northern Baja with Mary Contreras
Meditation and book study…This group is open to anyone, whether you have read any of the books or not. The Group is currently reading Pema Chödrön’s “How to Meditate.” Each session includes a quiet centering, a weekly check-in on the use of the mindfulness and meditation techniques, current chapter study and a 20-25 minute meditation followed by a short discussion. The group is held at Bahia 353, San Antonio del Mar (down two flights of stairs inside). Participants need to park on the street in the 200 block and walk the last bit as the house is on a dead end street with no parking. Email or call Carol Clary for directions and information carol.clary@sbcglobal.net /Hm (664) 631-2185 and US cell (323) 401-5518.

Courage in February

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can and
Wisdom to know the difference”

Steve Wayles - CourageThank you to all who participated…

The serenity prayer is well-known, but only in its abridged form.  You might be interested in the full, unedited version by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.

As Steve Wayles told us, Neibuhr was quite the courageous fellow.  If you’re interested in knowing more you can find details here

Choir-oke was spontaneous and fun…who knows??  We may see them again.  We’ll see what John has in store for us next month.

January Gathering

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Shared by Sandy Stadelmann

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

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Where the Music Comes From

Garden of Earthly Delights

Carol Clary presented and performed a moving song entitled “Where the Music Comes From” by Lee Hoiby

I want to be where the music comes from
Where the clock stops, where it’s now.
I want to be with the friends around me,
Who have found me, who show me how.
I want to sing to the early morning,
See the sunlight melt the snow; (Feel the Love inside me flow)
And oh, I want to grow.

I want to wake to the living spirit
Here inside me where it lies.
I want to listen till I can hear it,
Let it guide me, and realize
That I can go with the flow unending, that is blending, that is real;
And oh, I want to feel.

I want to walk in the earthly garden, far from cities, far from fear.
I want to talk to the growing garden, to the devas, to the deer,
And to be one with the river flowing,
Breezes blowing, sky above;
And oh, I want to love.

Hoiby dedicated this song to “The Guide” and has mentioned that the song came to him on the subway, I believe, in nearly one fell swoop. Please note that Carol changed a few words…the ones about the “morning sunlight” and the “snow.”