Wake Up - Mindfulness Weekend Retreat @ Portland (Oct 6-7, 2012)
Oct 06, 2012 09:30 AM
Oct 07, 2012 04:00 PM
|Where||Heart of Wisdom, 6401 NE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97211|
|Contact Name||Wake Up NW Pacific Team|
young adults between 18 - 35 yrs old - Buddhist & non-Buddhist - gay & straight. Registration is mandatory due to limited space available.
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Four monastic and several long term lay student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh will lead this weekend retreat. We will teach, from our own experience, the art of cultivating mindfulness in everyday life.
Our society is overloaded with intolerance, discrimination, craving, anger and despair. There is stress, anxiety and frustration within us and around us, and acute pressure to succeed in our studies, work and social life. Each one of us has the power to understand why this has happened, and to transform the situation.
Mindfulness practices help us to wake up to what is going on inside and around us, and give us the tools to make a difference, in our own lives and the lives of those around us and, ultimately, in our world. Mindfulness is a simple, scientifically proven way to bring our mind back to our body, to become aware of what is happening in our present experiences so we can live with happiness, joy and freedom. When we are mindful our minds are clear and at peace, and our hearts open and light.
This weekend is a unique opportunity to come and experience for yourself how mindfulness practices can calm body and mind and release tension, reduce stress, increase clarity and promote health and wellbeing. You'll have a chance to taste the core practices of sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindfulness of breathing, deep relaxation and enjoying your food. Together we will arrive in the present moment, and have a chance to let go of our worries and regrets, stop running, and touch the wonders of life. All of these practices can be applied in your daily lives, the lives of your friends, families and patients. Since we have two days together there will also be an opportunity to share our experiences with each other and develop our brother- and sisterhood.
A potential schedule for the first day (6th October, 2012 -- 10am - 5pm) :
|9:45am||Songs and introductions, possibly slideshow|
|10:30||Panel presentation on the practice of Mindfulness|
|11:30||Walking Meditation outside|
|12:30pm||Mindful Eating (bring a vegetarian meal)|
|2:30||Sharing groups on topics, like:
Handling Strong Emotions (such as anger, despair, fear), Mindfulness in the Workplace, Communication in Relationships and Saving the World. or Questions & Answers
|5:00||End the first day together|
A potential schedule for the second day (7th October, 2012 -- 10am - 4pm):
10am - 4pm Sitting Meditation, Mindful Movements, Question and Answers, Walking Meditation, Mindful Eating, Sharing groups etc...