Meditation may restart in the fall of 2018

For the past several years, Linda Palmason and Sandy Fiegehen have been facilitating a meditation group here at UFP. It has been an important time and practice for many.

If there is sufficient interest, the group may begin again in September. Thank you, Linda and Sandy, for your leadership! Please feel free to contact either Linda or Sandy.

How we gather

“Straightforward and simple (but not easy), meditation is essentially training our attention so that we can be more aware–not only of our own inner workings but also of what’s happening around us in the here and now. Once we see clearly what’s happening in the moment, we can then choose whether and how to act on what we’re seeing.”

— Sharon Salzberg (in Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation)

The Meditation Group has met Tuesdays from 4:30-6 pm. We practice sitting, walking, concentration, lovingkindness and other forms of meditation. It is also our commitment to build a sense of community. A $3/time contribution helps cover the cost of renting the room. Please come and join in whenever it works for you.

More on meditation

Ajahn Chah makes this observation of meditation practice:

“Your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still. This is the happiness of the Buddha [The unbounded happiness of the Buddha was founded on the clear seeing and compassion running through his life in all circumstances.]”

From You Are Here, by Thich That Hanh:

“Mindful breathing (meditation) is a kind of bridge that brings the body and the mind together.  If through mindfulness of breath you generate harmony, depth, and calm, these will penetrate into your body and mind… in the practice of meditation, the three elements of body, mind, and breath become one.”

Just take 3 deep, slow breaths and observe how your mind and body respond.