Not- Church Expands Mindfulness Studies!

MindfulnessNot Church is pleased to announce new (and continuing) opportunities
to explore Mindfulness, the energy that makes it possible for us to be aware of what is happening in the present moment.

Alicia Dominguez4-Day Workshop – Listening and Talking with your Heart with Alicia Dominguez
February 11 & 12 and February 18 & 19, 2016

Listening and Talking with your Heart is a powerful process for inspiring compassionate connection and action.  It provides a framework and set of skills allowing us to speak from the heart and talk openly about what is going on for us without judgment, without provoking defensiveness, resistance and counterattack.

In his book Aware Awake Alive, medical doctor and philosopher, Elliott Dacher says two of the components of integral health “…relate to our interaction with others—our interpersonal relationships and our relationship to the larger culture and planetary community.”  As Dr. Dacher points out, numerous recent studies have shown the effects of relationships, good and bad on our physiology and well-being.

Alicia Dominguez taught this course and other personal empowerment workshops to groups of 300-500 people for 13 years all over Mexico and South America.  We are fortunate she has agreed to run a small private intensive workshop here while visiting her sister, Carmen.

SPACE IS LIMITED to 10 people!  It will begin each day at 10am and end at 5pm with a ½ hour lunch break.  Cost is $80 US for the Workshop.

Contact Carmen Dominguez mcdomdur@gmail.com to reserve your space!

Matthieu RicardMindfulness Study Group – La Misión
February 16, 2016

After completing two sections on  Aware Awake Alive, by Dr. Elliott Dacher, we continue our study of mindfulness with an exploration of Mathieu Ricard’s, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill.

Matthieu Ricard  is Buddhist monk, French translator and right-hand man for the Dalai Lama, author of books, published photographer and was one of Dr. Elliott Dacher’s spiritual teachers.  He has been the subject of intensive clinical tests at the University of Wisconsin to prove the effects of meditation on the brain, as a result of which he is frequently described as “the happiest man in the world.”

Ricard  is the son of the late Jean-François Revel, a renowned French philosopher and the lyrical abstractionist painter and Tibetan Buddhist nun Yahne Le Toumelin.  He  grew up among the personalities and ideas of French intellectual circles.

Ricard  worked for a Ph.D. degree in molecular genetics at the Pasteur Institute under French Nobel Laureate François Jacob, but in 1972 decided to forsake his promising scientific career and concentrate on the practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas where he has lived and practiced for over 40 years.

The study group will be held Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm starting February 16.  Contact Nadine de Jong – nadine.lockitch7@gmail.com for more information.

**We request you obtain the book and read at least the first chapter by the start of the first class. The book is available in Kindle, Hardcover & paperback on Amazon.

Aware Awake Alive - by Elliott Dacher, MDNEW Aware Awake Alive Study Group
March 1, 2016

If you missed the first two groups, here’s your chance to study Dr. Dascher’s book, Aware Awake Alive and begin your journey of transformation to an optimal state of well-being, peace, wisdom, happiness, freedom & love—to attainment of human flourishing.

The Northern Rosarito  Aware Awake Alive group will start on the first Tuesday in March, March 1, 2016 – at 2:30pm.  To join the group, it is requested that you have read the first chapter by the first meeting.  You may contact Dr. Mary Contreras for more information, location and directions.  dr.marycontreras@gmail.com

The book is available in Kindle and paperback on Amazon.
More on the author:  http://www.elliottdacher.org/

Ron de JongMORNING MEDITATION CLASS
with Ron de Jong
Monday Mornings, 8:30 am – Plaza del Mar

The class includes an introduction, a 20-30 minute meditation and a discussion afterward.
It’s a great way to start your week and a wonderful introduction to meditation.

Contact Ron: ron@dejong.org

Meditation & Mindfulness

Ron de JongEveryone who has attended is enjoying Ron’s Monday Meditation Class and he has agreed to continue as long as people are interested.  It includes an introduction, a 15-20 minute meditation and a discussion afterward.  It’s a great way to start your week and a wonderful introduction to meditation.  Mondays 8:30 am at Hacienda del Encanto.

Topics include: meditation, mindfulness, overcoming afflictive emotions, the heart of otherness, work as practice, the transformation of adversity, integral health, and human flourishing.In a similar vein, we are starting a study group of Elliott Dacher’s book, Aware, Awake, Alive: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Science of Integral Health and Human Flourishing the second week in February.  “Aware, Awake, Alive draws upon ancient wisdom, contemporary science, and modern understandings of consciousness to offer the reader a physician’s time-tested program of self-study and practice, which guides the reader towards a life of optimal well-being, integral health, and human flourishing…Topics include: meditation, mindfulness, overcoming afflictive emotions, the heart of otherness, work as practice, the transformation of adversity, integral health, and human flourishing.”

Erin and Terri have been in contact with Dr. Dacher and we’re excited about a possibility that he may pay us a visit in early March.

If you’re interested in participating in Ron’s meditation, all you have to do is show up on Monday mornings.  If you’d like to join the study group, check back here and on Facebook for details and please send Nadine an email so we have an idea about the number of participants. And order the book!  It’s available on Amazon in print and in a Kindle version.

Please Don’t Cry

Erin Dunigan -  Photo by Marty Harriman

Erin Dunigan – Photo by Marty Harriman

Who would think that the topic of “Loss” could be anything but a little sad? We should know by now that any topic in the care and thoughtfulness of Erin would be thought-provoking and inspiring, help us dig a little deeper into long-held beliefs, make us laugh, and of course include wonderful metaphors from her passion for permaculture and gardening.  Afterwards, many were heard saying, “It was the best ever.”

We missed Bernie, Kathy encouraging us to “be a little better,”  Ron leading us in meditation,  and Steve’s final comments, but it was another great topic and another stirring Sunday overlooking the beautiful Pacific at David Gee’s Hacienda del Encanto.

Erin found a way to lighten the topic without glossing it over, Ross’s music was spot-on, Doug’s poem touching and Carmen’s presentation from the beloved Macristy of Mexicali , “To My Friends,”  all came together to help us see that there is more to loss than grief and crying.

TO MY FRIENDS
IF YOU LOVE ME, PLEASE DON’T CRY……..

IF YOU ONLY KNEW THE UNFATHOMABLE MYSTERY OF THE HEAVEN WHERE I AM NOW.

IF YOU COULD ONLY SEE AND FEEL WHAT I FEEL IN THESE INFINITE HORIZON AND LIGHT THAT REACHES AND PENETRATES EVERYTHING.
I AM ABSORBED BY THE ENCHANTMENT OF GOD AND BY ITS INFINITE EXPRESSIONS OF BEAUTY.

IN THIS NEW LIFE, ALL PAST THINGS ARE SMALL AND INSIGNIFCANT.

BUT MY AFECTION FOR ALL OF YOU IS STILL INTACT AS WELL AS THE TENDERNESS THAT WAS HARD TO REVEAL WHEN I WAS WITH YOU.

EVERYTHING THAT I LIVED WHILE ON EARTH WAS FLEETING AND LIMITED.
NOW I LIVE IN THE SERENE EXPECTATION TO SEE YOU ALL HERE, SOME DAY.

THINK OF MY NEW ABODE WHERE DEATH DOESN’T EXIST AND WHERE I AM WITH THE UNENDING FOUNTAIN OF JOY AND LOVE.

IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME, PLEASE DON’T CRY FOR ME.

I AM IN PEACE,

MACRISTY

Not Church Oct 12, 2014 Photo by Marty Harriman

Not Church Oct 12, 2014
Photo by Marty Harriman

 

Not Church Not Prayer – Anna Zimmerman, January 15, 2012

Prayer is another one of those words, one of those ideas that sort of put me off traditional religious ways, like God being vengeful and our needing to ask Jesus to save us. The idea that we have to beg and beseech some guy to give us what we want stops me in my tracks.

So what I do, rather than praying for someone, is send them love. And rather than asking for stuff or for any specific experience, even in the case of asking for something universally embraced, like asking for good health, I just ask for love.  Sometimes I enjoy imagining what it would be like to have this or that happen, but I hold my dreams lightly and look for balance between what I think I would like and what comes to me.  I love the expression “come into cooperation with life.”  I trust that what occurs is for the highest good of all of us, no matter what.  I am grateful for and look for the blessings in everything, even, um, tooth aches.

Just as I have translated the word God as the ultimate power that is the light of life inside me and inside all of us combined, I have translated the word prayer, so I can use it comfortably, and so I can relax, enjoy and be open and receive what there is for me in the more traditional services.

I’m going to lead us in prayer, and first let’s say where we would like us as a group, joining the power each of us has inside us, to send and receive love.  Is there someone you’d like to send love to, or is there some way that you’d like to receive love this morning?  I’ll start by asking that we send love to all in our community who are not with us here today.

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Having a prayerful attitude can be comforting.  Bowing our heads to a power that is greater than we are individually can bring peace and fulfillment. Closing our eyes helps us focus our attention.

Beloved God, we come together today to celebrate and more fully experience the light of life that is in each of us and that creates and uplifts all of us.  Please hear our hearts, because we are more grateful than we can express in words for this wonderful life, for our community that enriches us and brings such joy, for the proximity to nature that inspires and humbles us.We know that you are love; the combined love of all of us, and we send that love everywhere there is a place that will particularly benefit from it this morning.  We send it to all that has been spoken of and to all that we are unaware of.  To every aspect of our lovely lives: to our neighbors and friends, to our families, to all sentient beings, especially all the wonderful animals, and to the greater family of the world, to the whole earth and all that is beyond it.  We send our combined love especially to all who are struggling and suffering, and to all who are leading us toward peace and loving acceptance, however that arises, and toward ever deepening compassion and understanding.

We acknowledge and appreciate that only what is for our highest good will prevail, so be it, amen.