May at NSM

Seeing the delicate blooms of the dogwood, BC’s floral emblem, adds to the joy of spring

Dear Friends:

As spring continues to move forward, how lucky we are to be surrounded by vista after vista of blossoming trees, shrubs and flowers in dazzling shades, sizes and colours, and to fill our hearts with renewal.

We look forward to another month of Tuesday connection with our Sangha.  If you are new, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we may introduce ourselves.  

Online Zoom Schedule:  Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:30 pm

May 4   – Tea Ceremony – Have a cup of tea prepared.

May 11 –  Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, have a copy of them on hand which can be found at https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

May 18 –  Dharma Teaching.

May 25 –  Deep Relaxation – Prepare a comfortable place to rest.

Zoom Link for May: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09

After all our practices except May 25, feel free to stay for an informal chat and catch up over tea.  

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

April 2021 at NSM

Springtime at Dundarave Park, West Vancouver

Dear Friends:

Please join April’s virtual Sangha. Our group continues to thrive and support one another. As we receive our vaccines, there is finally hope we will meditate in person again. With new life coming forth in springtime, the flowers, trees, birds and animals, we can turn to nature for relief from loneliness and suffering. The earth offers us opportunities to be happy.

To support your practice, have you discovered the Plum Village app?There are so many interesting and useful practices here. For example, in a short meditation, Brother Phap Dung guides us through the practice of conscious breathing, helping the mind to go back to our body and anchoring us in the present moment. In another session, Thich Nhat Hahn guides us to meditate on Calm – Ease. In the morning it is refreshing to start 20 minutes of silent meditation with the beautiful Morning Chant. For children, Brother Phap Luu demonstrates the Pebble Meditation. Let Sister Chan Kong lead you in Deep Relaxation. Or listen to the tawny owls from Thay’s veranda!

If you are new to the Sangha, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so we can introduce ourselves to one another.

Zoom Practices: Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09

April 6 – Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, please have on hand a copy of the 5MT’s. They can be found on our website at https:/northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

April 13 – Mindful Tea – Please prepare tea ahead of time

April 20 – Dharma Reading

April 27 – Deep Relaxation – Please prepare a comfortable place to rest

After our practice, we invite you to stay online to connect with one another over a cup of tea.

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

March 2021 at NSM

Photo by Janice Walker, Victoria

Dear Friends

Winter has been mild for us here in Vancouver but the snow covered mountains provided us with spectacular views.  Spring is just around the corner.  Some regions of B.C., like Victoria, become warmer sooner.

As winter morphs to Spring, at the last practice on Tuesday, March 30, we invite all Sangha members to share thoughts and ideas about “Fresh Start.” If you are new to the NSM Sangha, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we may introduce ourselves to each other. 

ZOOM Practices:  Tuesdays 7:00  PM – 8:30 PM

March 2 –  Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, please have on hand a copy of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. They can be found on our website at  https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

March 9 –  Mindful Tea  – Please prepare tea ahead of time. Perhaps you would like to bring your tea in a travel/thermal mug, ready to drink, or pour hot into a cup.

March 16 – Dharma Reading –  Exploring practices based on the key ideas from  the book “Joy On Demand.”

March 23 – Deep Relaxation —  Please prepare a comfortable place to rest.

March 30 – Sangha Participation  – Sangha members are invited to contribute to the theme of Springing into a “Fresh Start” 

After our meditation practices on March 2, 9, 16 and 30, we invite you to stay online and connect with each other  over a cup of tea. 

The following link is valid for March’s practices:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09

Meeting ID: 824 9539 0284

Passcode: Awareness1

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

February at NSM

Dear Friends:

Welcome to our February sittings from the North Shore Mindfulness Sangha. It  is wonderful to discover we continue to enjoy a sense of community and closeness through an online medium. If you are new, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we can introduce ourselves. 

ZOOM MEETINGS ON TUESDAYS FROM 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Feb. 2 –  Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, please have on hand a copy of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. They can be found on our website at  https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

Feb. 9 –  Dharma Reading 

Feb. 16 – Tea Meditation – Please prepare tea ahead of time. Perhaps you would like to bring your tea in a travel/thermal mug, ready to drink, or pour hot into a cup.

Feb. 23 – Deep Relaxation —  Please prepare a comfortable place to rest.

After our meditation sessions for the next two weeks, on February 2 and 9, we invite you to stay online for a community catch-up over a cup of tea. Once again, please prepare your tea ahead of time.

The following link is valid for February’s meetings:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09
Meeting ID: 824 9539 0284
Passcode: Awareness1

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

January at NSM

Dear Friends:

Welcome to 2021 from the North Shore Mindfulness Sangha. We are grateful that our community of friends continues to practice online until we can safely practice together physically in our peaceful meditation room located in West Vancouver. Our Tuesday evening online gathering is a lovely time to stop, be quiet, and practice mindfulness along with other supportive meditators. If you are new, please send an email to nsmindfulness@gmail.com so that we may introduce ourselves. Note that our practices resume on the second Tuesday, January 12th, of this month.

Zoom meetings on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Jan 12 –  Five Mindfulness Trainings – To participate in the recitation, please have on hand a copy of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. They can be found on our website at  https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice.

Jan 19 – Dharma Reading and Mindful Tea  — Please prepare a cup of tea.

Jan 26 – Deep Relaxation —  Please prepare a comfortable place to rest.

The following link is valid for January’s online meetings:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09
Meeting ID: 824 9539 0284
Passcode: Awareness1

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

December 2020 at NSM

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!

Zoom Schedule:  Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Dec 3   —   Five Mindfulness Trainings To participate in the recitation, please print a copy of the Five Mindfulness Trainings from our website:  https://northshoremindfulness.com/practice

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 nsmindfulness@gmail.com with your intention to join, so that we may introduce ourselves.

Our recurring link is valid for December’s online practices: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09

Meeting ID: 824 9539 0284    Passcode: Awareness1

Warmly, 

 🙏
North Shore Mindfulness 

November 2020 at NSM

Walking meditation at Cleveland Dam

Dear Friends:

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 nsmindfulness@gmail.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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495390284?pwd=U3NCenRvUTBqVzFnMUhhMW05QTg2QT09

Meeting ID: 824 9539 0284
Passcode: Awareness1

Warmly,

 🙏
North Shore Mindfulness
West Vancouver Senior’s Activity Centre (SAC)

Invitation to Walking Meditation for Saturday, October 24th, 9 AM at Cleveland Dam

Dear Friends


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…..  

As we come to the picnic park area, the gentleness of the mother earth path felt soft beneath our feet……breathing in……breathing out…….tall trees on dewy grass lawn…….breathing in……breathing out…..a woman dressed in purple sitting on a makeshift chair in the midst of a professional photo session taking place below our path ……breathing in……breathing out……
Ah….now we’re on the gravely winding path on the Park above the Capilano Lake.  The blue open sky nurturing all living beings on earth……breathing in…..breathing out…..the magnificent vistas of the Lions and Grouse Mountains behind the Lake…….breathing in…….breathing out……the strong scent of freshly mowed grass……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.

Meeting Area: The Information area by the stairs from the Parking lot.

Warmly, 🙏

North Shore Mindfulness (NSM)
West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre (SAC)
695 21st Street, West Vancouver
TUESDAYS: 7:00 – 8:30 PM

www.northshoremindfulness.com