Effective March 14, 2020, the District of West Vancouver has temporarily closed the Seniors’ Activity Centre to protect the health and well-being of our community. As a result, Sangha gatherings of North Shore Mindfulness are suspended.
It is especially important during times of trouble to continue our healthy meditation practice. During the coming weeks, there are resources for us to access from home, including the Plum Village website https://plumvillage.org and the free Plum Village App. This app can support us to cultivate mindfulness, compassion, and joy through guided meditations, deep relaxations, practice poems, and bells of mindfulness.
Finally, there will be a first-of-its-kind free online event presented March 25-29 by the Lion’s Roar and Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, called In the Footsteps of Thich Nhat Hanh. To learn more, see https://promo.lionsroar.com/free-summit-thich-nhat-hanh/.
During this uncertain and turbulent time, the health authorities advise us to practice ‘social distancing’, such as avoid public gatherings and work from home. Freed from some of our usual busyness and social obligations, different opportunities arise. One such opportunity is to reconnect with Nature. Imagine yourself mindfully walking in one of the many north shore parks, beach walks or hiking trails. Breathe in the abundant fresh air, gaze at the grandness of the sky above you and reflect how the trees along your path have patiently and stoically stood through all kinds of elements, such as the wind, rain, and hot sun. Many of the trees existed before we set foot on this earth and will continue to live long after we’re gone. Without Nature, there would not be humankind. We may have been complacent sometimes about the natural beauty that surrounds and supports our wellbeing. Let’s take this time now to wake up our senses in Nature!
We can also take this opportunity to spend more quality time with close family members and friends. Please take care of yourself and stay well. 🙏
Linda and Janet on behalf of
North Shore Mindfulness
Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM (temporarily canceled)
Audio Visual Room West Van Seniors’ Activity Centre (SAC)
695 21st Street, West Vancouver, BC
We are aware that real happiness depends primarily on our mental attitude and not on external conditions, and that we can live happily in the present moment simply by remembering that we already have more than enough conditions to be happy. – Thich Nhat Hanh