Thursday, July 7, 2011

Day of Mindfulness July 16, 2011

Breathe! You are Alive: A Day of Mindfulness

July 16, 10-4:30pmAt Riverside Church, 8-T, 91 Claremont Avenue, Manhattan

Breathe and you know that you are alive.

Breathe and you know that all is helping you.

Breathe and you know that you are the world. Breathe and you know that the flower is breathing too.

Breathe for yourself and breathe for the world.
Breathe in compassion and breathe out the joy.

Breathe and be one with the air that you breathe.

Breathe and be one with the river that flows.

Breathe and be one with the earth that you tread.

Breathe and be one with the fire that glows.

Breathe and you break the thought of birth and death.

Breathe and you see impermanence is life.

Breathe for your joy to be steady and calm.

Breathe for your sorrow to flow away.

Breathe to renew every cell in your blood,.

Breathe to renew the depths of consciousness.

Breathe and you dwell in the here and now.

Breathe and all you touch is new and real.

[Written by Sister Annabel]

In this Day we will enjoy the meditation exercises proposed by the Buddha in the Full Awareness of Breathing Sutra [Anapanasati], as shared by Thay in Breathe! You are Alive, and The Blooming of a Lotus. Together we can stop,calm, rest and look deeply into impermanence, breath by breath. Several weeks ago the Rock Blossom Sangha hosted a Day of Mindfulness with this theme and we are inspired to continue exploring these practices.

Our Day will be simple: sitting and walking meditations, mindful movements, noble silence, total relaxation, time for Dharma Sharing, a song or two or three! We eat together in mindfulness and silence from about 1-2pm.

Everyone Welcome. No experience necessary. Come for all or part of the Day. Chairs and cushions available.Please do not wear fragrances.

At 91 Claremont Avenue, between 120-122nd Street, one block west of Broadway, Riverside Church, 8-T.

David Flint and Walter Lyons, of the Riverside and Morningstar Sanghas will facilitate.

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