The North Shore Mindfulness will have an online practice tonight. Our original posted schedule noted December 3rd incorrectly. Please join us tonight, December 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM for the Five Mindfulness Training.
Dear Friends Winter is upon us as the festive lights sparkle up the neighborhood to foster holiday spirits. With so many challenging events, 2020 will definitely be a significant year in history, but let us celebrate all the goodness that has surrounded us, such as the unexpected kindness of people (Random Acts of Kindness on the Rise – Vancouver Sun). It is a bonus that we can reconnect and practice via Zoom with our old friends, Janice and Bob Walker, from Victoria! In fact, Janice will be facilitating our online practice on December 15, 2020. What a treat indeed!
Dec 8 — Deep Relaxation — Prepare a comfortable place to rest.
Dec 15 – Winter Solstice Glow – Bring a candle and something to light it with to this heartwarming gathering. The practice will be from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. You are welcome to stay and visit after our practice.
If you are new to our Sangha, you are welcome to join us. Please email ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org with your intention to join, so that we may introduce ourselves.
Our recurring link is valid for December’s online practices:
The fall is moving into crisp, cool mornings. An outdoor walking meditation is a perfect celebration of our aliveness. We will post the date closer to the time for our November walk at Cleveland Dam, North Vancouver, on a Saturday morning from 9:00 – 10:00 AM.
Our home base at the SAC will not be available until at least the New Year. Instead, we continue our online practices, dwelling in the present together….breathing in and breathing out.
Online Zoom Schedule: Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:30 PM
November 3 — THERE WILL BE NO MEETING THIS WEEK November 10 — Five Mindfulness Trainings November 17 — Dharma Reading and Mindful Tea — Prepare a cup of tea November 24 — Deep Relaxation — Prepare a place to rest
Volunteer facilitators, Janet, Ian, Linda and Sharon, take turns leading our gatherings. If you are new to our Sangha, you are welcome to join us. Please email ahead of time to email@example.com with your intention to join. This way, you can introduce yourself, and we can tell you about our traditions before your first online practice with us.
The following link is valid for November’s online practices:
On Saturday, October 3rd, 2020, we began our walking meditation on a beautiful crisp autumn morning across the bridge over the Dam. With the warmth of the sun on our backs, we tread mindfully on the paved path.
A man walking his dog….breathing in…..breathing out…..a couple strolling hand in hand…..breathing in……breathing out……tranquil reservoir water on one side of the bridge and the rushing sound of water down the Dam on the other side…….breathing in……breathing out…..
Come join us as we practice this energy invigorating walking meditation again at Cleveland Dam on Sat, Oct 24, 2020, at 9:00 AM.
North Shore Mindfulness (NSM) West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre (SAC) 695 21st Street, West Vancouver TUESDAYS: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Dear Friends: Let us celebrate the refreshing fall air, washed clean with rain. Join us on the first Saturday of the month for outdoor walking meditation. It is not possible to meet in person at SAC for the next few months. Instead, we continue our online Tuesday practices, dwelling in the present together….breathing in and breathing out……
Online Zoom Schedule: Tuesdays 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
October 6 – Dharma Reading and Qi Gong – Enjoy your life force through gentle movement
October 13 – Five Mindfulness Training – Listen to a recitation and beautiful chanting
October 20 – Dharma Reading and Mindful Tea – Have a cup of tea ready for the meeting
October 27 – Deep Relaxation – Prepare a place to rest
Volunteer facilitators, Janet, Ian, Sharon, and Linda, take turns leading our gatherings. If you are new to our Sangha or haven’t tried our online practice, you are very welcome. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your intention to join. This way, you can introduce yourself and we can tell you about our NSM traditions before your first online practice with us.
The following link is valid for all of October’s online practices:
We are happy to resume our gatherings this month, both online and in person. How wonderful to know our Sangha continues to be our place of refuge to enjoy meditation and explore the thoughtful teachings of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Our usual location, West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre (SAC), is only open in the daytime this fall. We propose to meet at SAC the first Monday of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. It will be a treat to finally sit together. Since many members cannot attend during the day, there will be an online practice most Tuesday evenings. In addition, we would like to hold walking meditation outdoors once per month on a Saturday morning. We hope these plans meet your needs, and you will join us regularly. The collective energy is so nourishing, and your presence benefits us all.
Sep 8 Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00 PM Walking meditation at Memorial Park, located opposite the West Van library. Gather near the archway.
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 thefree 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.
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. 🙏
Warmly, 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
This photo is of an altar Janice Walker made outside her window. If you look closely, you can see a string of mini twinkle lights which Jan turns on at night. Do you see the peaceful Buddha at the front? The North Shore Mindfulness sangha gave this to Jan and Bob when they moved from Vancouver to Victoria in August 2017.
Dear Friends Despite the coolness of the morning air, spring is just around the corner. 🌸🌹💐🌷
Come join us on Tuesday evenings to practice sitting and walking meditation, as well as for the following activities:
Mar 3 – Deep Relaxation – Mats and cushions are provided. Please bring a blanket or an extra layer of clothing to make yourself comfortable. Mar 10 – Five Mindfulness Trainings Mar 17 – Dharma Reading Mar 24 – Mindful Tea Mar 31 – Mindfulness Songs from Plum Village
Linda on behalf of
North Shore Mindfulness Tuesday 7:00 – 8:30 PM Audio Visual Room @ West Van Seniors’ Activity Centre (SAC) 695 21st Street, West Vancouver