A moment of mindfulness

I’ll Meet You There

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing
there is a field. I will meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make any sense.

By: Rumi

A moment of mindfulness

Go Among Trees and Sit Still

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
Around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
Where I left them, asleep like cattle…

Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
And the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song.

By Wendell Berry from Sabbaths, 1987, North Point Press

Annual Day of Mindfulness a Success

photo credit: Cath Bolkcom 2017

Thanks to all who joined us for our annual Day of Mindfulness co-sponsored by the Prairie River Sangha and The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities. We gathered together  to meditate, walk, and eat mindfully. Jack Lawlor provided teachings on transforming  anger into mindful action.

May all beings be safe.

May all beings be happy.

May all beings be healthy.

May all beings live with ease.

You are invited to “Socially Engaged Mindfulness: A Day of Mindfulness”

What do contemplative practices like sitting meditation and walking meditation offer a world in need of action?  What can lay people who include meditation, prayer and spiritual community in their daily lives contribute to the growing manifestations of anger, fear and demonization around us?

On March 4th, Dharma Teacher Jack Lawlor will lead a Day of Mindfulness exploring these themes in a program which includes instruction in meditation in the tradition of  Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, sitting and walking meditation in silence, a silent lunch, and mindful discussion of the role of spirituality in these challenging times.

VIEW AND DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM HERE

CHERI MAPLES — THE HUMAN CHALLENGES OF POLICE WORK

Reposting this gem from the NPR “On Being” podcast.

Mindfulness Meditation Melts Away Work Related Stress- As seen on CBS News

Pema Chodron: “What are We Afraid of?”

Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason With Pema Chodron – Part 6

Mindfulness Practice at Kim Cang Buddhist Temple

Mindfulness practice at Kim Cang Buddhist Temple
4630 N Pine St, Davenport, IA 52806
 2 – 4 PM  Saturday,  July 18th

Once a month, the nuns of the Kim Cang Temple offer an afternoon of mindfulness practice for us.  This is an opportunity to practice mindfulness in a monastic setting. The nuns practice mindfulness moment by moment. Since mindfulness has been developed over thousands of years by monastics, this is a chance to experience the joyful and nourishing roots of our practice.

Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason With Pema Chodron – Part 5