Photos from recent Day of Mindfulness (DOM)

Dear Sangha,

On Sunday Oct. 30 about a dozen of us gathered at the beautiful Kiwanis area of Elena Gallegos Open Space in the foothills of the Sandias for a Day of Mindfulness. It was a beautiful, peaceful day where we strengthened our connections with nature, our practice, and each other. We sang some songs, did some mindful walking, seated meditation, had lunch, and listened to some guided relaxation and a children’s book The Coconut Monk by Thay. Altogether it was a lovely day, skillfully facilitated by Bee and David. Here are a few photos.

Upcoming topics for Sangha meetings in 2022

(Note: MT = Mindfulness Trainings)

Oct 2BeeBeginning Anew
Oct 9Ruth & TheresaZen & The Art of Saving the Planet part 4
Oct 16Thay’s birthday Oct 11JonCelebrating Thay’s life and teachings
Oct 23DavidThe Four Immeasurables (Brahmaviharas)
Oct 30DOMKiwanis area at Elena Gallegos Open Space
Nov 6Time change for mtgsJon14 MT
Nov 13DavidWalking and longer (guided?) meditation
Nov 20JonTaoism and Zen
Dec 4BeeThe Heart Sutra
Dec 11AllBusiness meeting
Dec 18David5 MT

Our Day of Mindfulness – 05.15.22

It was a perfect summer Sunday. The breeze whistled and sighed through the pines. The birds called out from near and far. Even the insects delighted in the present moment with us.

The Sangha eating our lunch mindfully and enjoying the peace of the day.

I’m sure that most of us showed up that morning hoping for everything to go well, and looking forward to a nice day surrounded by nature. But it wasn’t until a few hours later that most of us truly arrived.

The awkwardness of a new place and new people gave way to appreciation for the beauty and stillness around us. As we practiced sitting and walking meditation, we felt the acceptance of the mountain and forest to our presence. We were not in a strange place at all. We were exactly where we needed to be.

Thanks to David, Bee, and Jon for doing the mindful work necessary for this amazing day – and for ALL that they do. And thanks to everyone who attended and shared in our transformation of sufferings.

I take refuge in the Buddha – the one who shows me the way in this life.

I take refuge in the Dharma – the way of understanding and love.

I take refuge in the Sangha – the community that lives in harmony and awareness.