The following articles were authored by MeditationQC

Mindfulness Video Series: “Body and Mind Are One”

The Thich Nhat Hanh dvd series “Body and Mind Are One: A Training in Mindfulness” will be shown the first Saturday of each month, Oct., 2017-Feb., 2018, 9-11am at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52807.  Families are welcome to participate; Childcare and yoga with mindfulness activities will be provided for youth.

A moment of mindfulness

DEAR YOU
By Kaveri Patel

Dear you,
You who always have
so many things to do
so many places to be
your mind spinning like
fan blades at high speed
each moment always a blur
because you’re never still.
I know you’re tired.
I also know it’s not your fault.
The constant brain-buzz is like
a swarm of bees threatening
to sting if you close your eyes.
You’ve forgotten something again.
You need to prepare for that or else.
You should have done that differently.
What if you closed your eyes?
Would the world fall
apart without you?
Or would your mind
become the open sky
flock of thoughts
flying across the sunrise
as you just watched and smiled.

'Video' Post | By on June 18, 2017

A moment of mindfulness

It Felt Love

How did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
All its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light
Against its being,
Otherwise,
We all remain
Too frightened

By: Hafiz

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