by Kevin Berrill, MSW, LCSW
Moments. Our lives are a just a series of moments. So often we get caught in thoughts about the past and the future that we miss this moment…and this moment. During Midweek Mindfulness we slow down, and pay attention in a relaxed, friendly, non-judgmental way to whatever this moment brings.
When we meditate, as in life, our experience is constantly changing and swings back and forth along the spectrum of pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. Meditation practice offers an opportunity to observe the constant flux of life, to let go, and to return again and again to the breath and the body and the moment. This gentle letting go sometimes brings with it deep feelings of peace, ease, and contentment. When dark and difficult moments arise, we make room for them, too, knowing they are workable if we touch them lightly with awareness one moment at a time. Even boring moments, when closely observed, have much to teach us.
Each Midweek Mindfulness meeting is 75-minutes long. After introductions, I usually share a brief reading about mindfulness and then lead the group in a guided 35-minute meditation. Following the meditation there is time for questions and discussion about mindfulness and daily life. Participants in Midweek Mindfulness report that they experience real benefit from sharing about meditation practice and about what it means to be human in this world of suffering and delight.
If you are interested in attending Midweek Mindfulness, please drop in any Wednesday @ noon. No experience with meditation is required or expected.