Register for Our CommUniversity Class on Mindfulness Practices for Loving-Kindness

COMMUNIVERSITY Mindfulness Practices for Loving-Kindness Led by Steve Spring and Leslie Ross of the Quad Cities Mindfulness Community (

Catalog description: Loving kindness is the heartfelt wish for the well-being of oneself and others. We will explore mindfulness practices to cultivate and deepen our capacities for friendliness and goodwill. 


Sunday February 1, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday February 8, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday February 15, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Sunday February 22, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

TO ENROLL ONLINE: go to this link (

and select course #23: Mindfulness Practices for Loving-Kindness.

To enroll by mail: Download and print this form ( and select course #23: Mindfulness Practices for Loving-Kindness.

Cushions, mats and chairs will be available. Communiversity requests that you register soon, if possible.


“Awakening the Heart” meditation retreat a success!

Thanks to all who joined us for our winter Day of Mindfulness at the St. Ambrose University gathering space. Many of you have requested links to the dharma talks and guided meditations we used during the course of the day, so they are linked below. Feel free to comment on this post or send us an email if you have further questions.
“Awakening the Heart” with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Here is the segment that we listened to:

Here is the segment of the talk that we did not listen to:

Here is a link to many guided meditations and dharma talks by Tara Brach. We used “Guided meditation:Vipassana Meditation” in the morning and “Guided meditation:Taking Refuge in the Beloved” in the afternoon.

Tara Brach Guided Meditations


“Awakening the Heart”: Join us for a day of mindfulness

Join the Quad City Meditation Group for a
“Awakening the Heart”
A Meditation Retreat
With members of the Quad City Meditation Community
Date/Time: Saturday, January 10th, 10 am – 4 pm
Location: St. Ambrose University Christ the King Chapel
Cost: $15.
*Financial Assistance: A limited number of scholarships are available.
Contact Leslie at for more information.
To Register: access downloadable registration form at; click on “Day of mindfulness information” link located on top menu bar.
For more info, please see or contact Leslie at
Deadline: To ensure a spot, please register early for the retreat. The deadline is January 5th.



Venerable Somnieng, a dear Buddhist monk from Cambodia, is leading our meditations on Friday.  The 4 pm group meditation is at Prairie Oaks and the 7 pm group meditation is at the Yoga School’s Bettendorf location.


For those not familiar with Somnieng, he is a prominent monk in Cambodia.  His temple is located in Siem Reap, where he oversees an orphanage, a shelter for at-risk young women, a sewing school, a language school and a junior high school.  Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia, with many hungry people, especially children.  


Somnieng is a practitioner of what Thich Nhat Hanh calls engaged Buddhism – the coupling of moment to moment mindfulness with effective social action for the poor. Contemplation and compassion.

Somnieng is only with us for 5 days and Friday is our one opportunity to practice mindfulness with him.

The Breath’s Essence is the Essence of the Stars

From Steve:

We often hear the phrase “body, mind, spirit”.  Many teachers of Dharma,  and a whole industry of holistic wellness, remind us to reconnect into a deep relationship with these three elements alive in us.  As practitioners ofmindfulness, we rediscover awareness of the penetrating grace of our bodies, as they grow, mature and decline.  And we develop the skill of awareness of the luminescent clarity hidden in the mind, the tarnishing clouds of habit energies and the transitory nature of thoughts, feelings, judgments and expectations.  The word “spirit”, though, is a bit mysterious and evokes many teachings flowing in many directions.

Words sometimes get lost and need to be resurrected.  One characteristic of our practice is its precision.  And it is helpful to come to a precise meaning of key words that inform our practice.  Spirit comes from the Latin root word spiritus – breath.  For many ancients, breath was the life force inhabiting the body. Today we still know the breath is essential from the moment after birth until the moment of our passing.  Will you permit me to introduce more clarity by saying “body, mind, breath”?

I remember my mother’s final six breaths – a heartache lesson in impermanence.  Where the breath comes from and where it goes, remains a mystery.  There is no present moment without it, making awareness of the breath a sublime anchor for our practice.  The breath is existentially personal and it has a cosmic connection.  The essence of the stars is the essence of the breath.