Upcoming events: Daylong silent meditation retreat

When: Saturday 24 November 9:30-4pm

Where: The Center Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

I am grateful to the church for offering the magnificent Center Gallery for this retreat. I have had the privilege of attending many a retreats here as well as the regular Monday night yoga that I lead, before my teacher Jonathan Foust’s meditation class, is also held here.  The Center Gallery is serene with vast windows, beautiful lightings and hosts major shows of works by artists in the wider world. I cannot think of a more perfect place for a retreat.

There is a kitchen for you to store your lunch and a microwave to warm up the food.

We have plenty of peaceful space indoor and outdoor for walking meditation as well as to spend time in solitude during breaks.

During our time together, we’ll explore a variety of different mindfulness methods which might help us live more fully and authentically, with more friendliness and kindness. The day will be spent in noble silence, meaning no verbal or non-verbal interactions with other participants during sessions or breaks, no eye contact, no electronic communications. The primary reason for silence on meditation retreats is to support our meditation practice.  Silence helps keep our focus on cultivating mindfulness and concentration. Continuity of mindfulness is much easier when we don’t talk.  It is also encouraged to keep your electronic devices in the car. There will be a phone number for your loved ones to contact you in case of an emergency.

The format will include seated meditation, a short dharma talk or instruction, mindful movement, mindful eating, journaling and walking meditation. The silence will end at 3.30pm, and we will finish with a half-hour dedicated to questions and sharing.

Now that we are given this vast room we can invite more friends.  So please spread the word.

Please sign up here

Birth of Asian Sangha in Arlington : 16 September

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

We are an affinity sangha who welcomes all people who self-identify as Asian, Asian American, or those with Asian ancestry.  We aspire to provide a safe(r) space for people of Asian descent to be seen, heard, and supported in our practice of mindfulness meditation and in our lived experience as Asians in American culture.  To explore and share Asian cultural challenges and impacts on our individual and collective psyches in light of the Buddha dharma. To cultivate a conscious community that fosters authentic connection and a sense of belonging. We meet 3rd Sunday of the month from 3-4:30 PM  at  Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, (4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 20817) (Map It)

 

Introduction to Mindfulness class series

Related imageSaturdays 2 pm – 3:15 pm
Sep 8, Sep 15, Sep 22 & Oct 6

Mary Riley Styles Public Library, 120 N. Virginia Avenue, Falls Church

In this free 4-week course, you will learn the basics of mindfulness through a series of lectures, guided mindfulness practices, reflections, and group discussions. Whether you are new to mindfulness or skilled at it, you can benefit from these classes!

  • Sep 8: Intro to Mindfulness
  • Sep 15: Intro to Mindfulness of Breath & Body
  • Sep 22: Intro to Loving-Kindness
  • Oct 6: Intro to the Practices of Gratitude & Forgiveness

Course instructor Anna Johns is a Falls Church resident and yoga/contemplative practices instructor who is currently pursuing her 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach through the Greater Good Science Center (Berkeley) and the Awareness Training Institute.

To reserve a spot, please stop by the Reference Desk of call 703-248-5035 (TTY 711).