September 2, 2011

This Sunday: Mindfulness of the Body

Hi everyone,

First, a couple announcements:  There will be a potluck on Sept. 18th, beginning at 5pm at McKinley Park on the corner of Buena Vista and Walnut (about 2 blocks west of the church we meet in).  There is no need to let us know your coming, but please bring food or drink to share.  Sangha will meet at 7pm that night as usual.

Second announcement:  We have been circulating the DVD of 'The Dharma Brothers', but it's been a while since we've seen it.  So, if whoever has it could bring it back so that someone else can have the opportunity to watch it.  Thanks.

As for this Sunday, I'll be leading the group and this week will be the first of two weeks focusing on 'Mindfulness of the Body'.  My plan is to talk about this in regards to formal meditation practice first; and then next week, we'll look at it as a practice that can be incorporated into more (if not all) of our day-to-day activities.  If you have any questions about posture, discomfort, or anything else related to the body, please bring them as this would be a chance for a discussion.

One thought as a preview for this Sunday:  We can continually get trapped in a pattern of prioritizing the experiences of the mind as compared to the experiences of the body; even when through our meditation practice the body begins to appear more stable than our thoughts, which change so rapidly.  What's the deal with that, and what does that mean for the significance of being able to turn our awareness toward the experience of the body?  

I hope to see many of you this week, and if not, enjoy the Labor Day weekend, and I hope you have safe travels.


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