June 2015 - Mindfulness is intentional and nonjudgmental awareness of whatever arises in the present moment. With gentle and persistent practice, mindfulness allows us to be more wakeful and present to our own experience. Mindfulness does not rid our lives of difficulties, but it has the potential to help us to develop insight, work skillfully with physical and emotional pain, and respond more flexibly to life’s challenges. In short, it can help us to be on more intimate and friendly terms with life—just as it is—including the experience of cancer in ourselves and our loved ones.
If you are interested in the practice of mindfulness meditation, please join me for Midweek Mindfulness every Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. The first half hour consists of guided relaxation and mindfulness of breath. This is followed by questions and discussion about the practice and application of mindfulness practice in our daily lives.
Although I have been practicing mindfulness and loving kindness meditation for many years, I consider myself to be a beginner. I offer this hour not as an expert meditator but as someone who loves meditative practice and sharing it with others. I have found that there is great benefit to coming together with others, not only to meditate but also to discuss how to bring this practice into our lives with all their joys and difficulties.
If you are interested in coming, drop in! No registration required. If you have questions about Midweek Mindfulness, feel free to show up ten minutes early for an orientation, or to call me at 203.790.6568. If your schedule does not permit you to attend the group, I’d be glad to meet with you personally to introduce you to the practice. - Kevin Berrill