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Seasonal Social & Sharing, 4 December from 7:30PM

A warm invitation to you all

The Caretaker Council would like to invite all Twickenham Mindfulness Meditation Group members old and new to enjoy a Tuesday evening with a difference.  As we near the end of the year we would like to take time to reflect with an evening of sharing and gratitude and with your participation we plan to celebrate the strength of the Sangha.  The Caretaker Council will take a few minutes to give a brief update and we can look forward to sharing food and drink and a warm evening of gratitude.

For this event, no Dana collection will be made.

Please bring finger food and drink to share that is

    • Vegetarian
    • Non-Alcoholic
    • Sweet & Savoury
    • Easy to Enjoy

Format of the evening

  • Welcome and short practice
  • Sharing our finger food and drink
  • Mindful (and chatty) sharing
  • Brief Caretaker Council update
  • Loving kindness and gratitude for the group

Please note there will be no group on 25 December and 1 January.

Happy New 2019 to you all!

Summer Social in Bushy Park, 29 July 2018 from 2:00PM

Our summer social and picnic for all members takes place in Bushy Park at 2pm on 29 July.

We will meet at 2pm at the Pheasantry Cafe car park and create our own space for an afternoon of sharing and friendship.  One or two family members are welcome to join. Please bring food along for sharing, plus whatever you want to drink.

Here is a link to the park website:
https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/bushy-park/food-and-drink/pheasantry-cafe

Do bear in mind that the RideLondon event is taking place on the same day so if you are coming from the “wrong” side of the park you may find it easier to cycle or walk to the park. Full information on the road closures here:
https://roadclosures.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/

Five exercises Zen meditation

Inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh

Walter Lucchesi (2/1/2018)

Find a comfortable posture, either seating or laying on a mat…
Slowly come in touch with our body and its present state…
Gently move the shoulders to release tension…
Relax the neck, and gently move the head side to side
Bring relaxation in the throat… and feel the rhythmic movement of your ribcage…

The first exercise is conscious breathing:
I breathe in: I am aware I am breathing in…
I breathe out: I am aware I am breathing out…
In… out…

The second exercise is becoming a flower:
Bring your attention to the eyes and the eye sockets…
Let them soften…
Feel the increasing heaviness as they relax…
The corners of your eyes gently push down, towards the corners of your mouth with further relaxation…
Now let a smile form on your mouth… and feel the corners of your mouth moving up, almost trying to reach the corners of the eyes
As you smile, you offer 3 flowers: your eyes… and your mouth
See your 3 flowers as you offer them to the Sangha and to the people you wish to…
I breathe in: I see myself as a flower
I breathe out: I am fresh as a flower
In…. out…
The Lotus of the Buddha is always available to us

The 3rd exercise, is becoming a tree:
Emotions, suffering, anxiety, worry, craving, anger…
All can make us feel unstable, fragile and vulnerable.
Like a big tree in the wind, the leaves are shaking, and so the small branches….
But the trunk and the roots hold solidly…
Our root is the lower abdomen and the sacral region…
Lets tune in with this area of our body… our root…
Breath with your lower abdomen and gently feel the strength of this root…
I breathe in: I am a strong tree
I breathe out: I feel solid
In… out…

The 4th exercise is becoming a lake:
As we created compassion with a smile, and we feel our root being strong, we allow clam in our mind, to bring a sense of security…
As a mountain lake… still.. flat.. clam..
Reflecting the sky and everything around…
Imagine your mind reflecting all thoughts like in a mirror…
They are there, but just reflected by your clam mind…
I breathe in: I become a clam mountain lake..
I breathe out: my mind is still…
In… out…

The 5th exercise is allowing space to obtain freedom:
As you breathe, feel the smile on your face.. the solidity of your root and the calm of your mind…
We will now create space…
Like the fleeting clouds on top of a mountain top… your thoughts come and go… inconsistent and volatile..
Like the fleeting clouds leave behind a blue sky… your fleeting thoughts leave space in your mind…
This is practicing letting go…
without engaging with them.. see how the thoughts leave and create space….
Let them go…
I breathe in: I create space…
I breathe out: I let go…
In… out…

Stay with this image of increasing space and letting go of all that no longer serves you…
Until you hear the sound of the bell

Social evening at St. Margarets Friday 23rd March from 7:30

The Sangha’s caretaking team would like to offer members the chance to meet and get to know each other a little better outside of the Sangha and are organising a meet up at the pub called St. Margarets.  The address is 107 St Margarets Road, Twickenham, TW1 2LJ and we plan to offer an evening of informal socialising in a nice venue, the rest is up to you!  For those with an appetite you will be able to organise food on the evening separately, here is a link to the pub’s website http://www.stmargaretstw1.co.uk

We need to know numbers so we can secure a place in the pub for us to mingle.  You are also welcome to bring a guest.

Please send an email to twickenhammindfulness@gmail.com to confirm if you will attend yourself plus bring a guest.  We prefer guests are limited to one in order to make the numbers more manageable.