Mindful Kindful Movement and Meditation
Practices to help prepare the body for stillness, quiet the mind and open the heart to our natural radiance and wisdom.
This is the true homecoming, and everything else we do at yoga hOMe sligo is deeply infused by the teachings we explore in this class; the Satipattnana Sutta (the verses on developing mindful awareness) and the Metta Sutta (the verses on loving-kindness)
There is no set price for this class. It is offered by donation so that all may access the teachings of mindfulness and lovingkindness regardless of financial situation. Although the class is offered freely, participants are invited to make a donation towards the operational costs of the studio and the livelihood of the teacher. The suggested donation is up to 10euro but all should feel free to offer more or less in accordance with what feels appropriate to their situation. This is part of a long Buddhist tradition and is called "Dana" which means something like the interplay of gratitude and generosity.
In this class we'll begin with some easeful movement to prepare the body for the slowing down and stillness of the various meditation postures; walking, standing, sitting or laying down. We will explore one or two of these postures each week in our guided meditation practice and afterwards we'll share a cuppa (herbal teas supplied) before a short dharma talk (talk on the teachings that support meditative practice) and discussion/Q&A session.
We'll talk about practical issues such as, what the mindfulness myths are and how to free ourselves of them, how to sit in a way that supports the practice, how to meet the obstacles that arise in practice and what the benefits of the practice are, in other words, the big question ... what's the point?
The hope here is to explore the ordinariness of mindfulness, to discover in a visceral way that spacious awareness is part of our nature and connecting to that part of ourselves can be done in any posture, at any time, not just seated cross-legged in a meditation group.
We aim to take the fruits of our formal practice back into our lives, to infuse our relationships with the innate wisdom, compassion, joy and friendliness we connect with and cultivate when we practice being alone together, attending with curiosity and care to the mystery, complexity and simplicity of our aliveness.