Archive for December 2011

Two New Locations

This is our 7th year of sitting, walking and sharing together, establishing the practice of mindfulness. And we have a new 4 pm Friday meditation at Prairie Oaks, the tree farm and home of Joyce and Tony

FRIDAY 7 PM MEDITATION  MOVES TO BETTENDORF

The Friday 7 pm meditation group will meet at the Yoga School’s Bettendorf location.  3420 Towne Point Drive, Bettendorf,  IA.

Take Devil’s Glen north from Middle Road, past the HyVee.  Proceed on Devil’s Glen past the stoplight at Belmont.  Go north one more block and turn right.  The School is located just west and north of the Fareway Grocery.  Look for our Meditation banner!

Some cushions and chairs will be available.

FRIDAY 4 PM MEDITATION AT PRAIRIE OAKS

Tony and Joyce are establishing a meditation and retreat center on their 20 acre tree farm.  Mindfulness meditation is offered at 4 pm on Fridays.  This is out in the country behind LeClaire, west of Territorial Road.  You will need directions.  Call Joyce at 289-3292.

THE HAPPIEST MOMENT

The Christmas song keeps repeating in my ear:  “its the hap, happiest time of the year”.  And it reminds me that this moment can be the most gentle, colorful and happiest ever.  We practice the skill on our cushion or chair and in our weekly groups of letting go, of becoming the breath.  We gather the sharp tools and the skills to make this moment workable and a work of art.  We often forget to focus on this moment.  But when we do, we are craft men and women, making the moment dance, not in the shadows, but in undraped daylight.

Each moment has the potential to be fettered in planning, expectations, regrets, anxieties, recycled drama, any of a hundred old friend habit energies.   With our attention, with our anchor in the breath in the body, and with our shared skills of letting go and opening the heart, this moment can be the revelation of Christmas.