Featured

June 2019 Mindfulness Sessions

Plum Village Thailand

Dear Friends

The weather has been beautiful as we have enjoyed our walking meditation outdoors these past couple of weeks.

We have four more sessions before our Sangha takes a break for the July and August summer months.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019:    Deep Relaxation  (Bring your yoga mat)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019:  Recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings

Tuesday, June18, 2019:   Dharma Reading

Tuesday, June 25, 2019:  Mindful Tea Meditation 

Our sessions will resume on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Please arrive at St. Stephen’s Church a few minutes early to start our practice at 7:00pm. Some folks sit on chairs available at the church, and others bring their own cushion or bench. You are invited to stay on at 8:30 PM for a social cup of tea. 

JUNE 22: DAY OF MINDFULNESS with TRISH THOMPSON

On Saturday, June 22, the North Shore Mindfulness Sangha will host a Day of Mindfulness in Vancouver led by Dharma Teacher Trish Thompson (True Concentration on Peace), Founder and Director of The Loving Work Foundation in Vietnam.  We will enjoy an inspiring day of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talk, and dharma sharing together.  Some of you have already registered but there are still spots available.  For further details please refer to the Day of Mindfulness post at northshoremindfulness.com.

Warmly, 

Linda on behalf of 

North Shore Mindfulness 
Tuesday, 7-8:30pm @ St Stephen’s Church, 885 22nd St, West Vancouver
 

www.northshoremindfulness.com

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 

October 2020 at NSM

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 nsmindfulness@gmail.com 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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86307374492?pwd=QXVHc1RTSDcySWNGdURnbEhHQzRuQT09

Meeting ID: 863 0737 4492
Passcode: Awareness1

Walking Meditation – Saturday 9:00 – 10:00 AM

We plan to practice mindful walking outdoors on the first Saturday of each month. On Saturday morning, October 3, let’s walk around the park above the lake at Cleveland Dam. 

Meeting place at the information kiosk by the stairs from the parking lot

Park at the Cleveland Dam parking lot on Capilano Road, just north of Montroyal Boulevard in North Vancouver.   For transit directions, check their website. 

Warmly, 🙏

North Shore Mindfulness

695 21st Street, West Vancouver

West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre (SAC)

Online Meeting Invitation Sep 15, 22, and 29

Dear Friends:

North Shore Mindfulness is inviting you to a Zoom meeting to start at 7:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, Tuesday, September 15.

Please use this recurring link on Tuesday evenings for the rest of September: Sept 15, 22 and 29th. 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86307374492?pwd=QXVHc1RTSDcySWNGdURnbEhHQzRuQT09

Meeting ID: 863 0737 4492

Passcode: Awareness1

Warmly, 

North Shore Mindfulness

Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Sangha Resumes Sept 8 with outdoor walking meditation

Sept 8 Walk at Memorial Park, 1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver 

Dear Friends: 

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.

September’s Agenda:

Sep 8    Tuesday   7:00 – 8:00 PM    Walking meditation at Memorial Park, located opposite the West Van library. Gather near the archway.

Sep 15  Tuesday   7:00 – 8:30 PM    Zoom meeting. 5 Mindfulness Trainings

Sep 19  Saturday  9:00 – 10:00 AM   Outdoor walking meditation. Location TBD

Sep 22  Tuesday   7:00 –  8:30 PM    Zoom meeting. Dharma education.

Sep 29  Tuesday  7:00 – 8:30 PM.    Zoom meeting. Deep Relaxation.

We will post the Zoom link next week. 

Warmly,

North Shore Mindfulness

Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Audio Visual Room @ West Van Seniors’ Activity Centre (SAC)
695 21st Street, West Vancouver

Sangha is Suspended

The Plum Village App

Dear Friends:

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. 🙏

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

March 2020 at NSM

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

Warmly,

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

http://www.northshoremindfulness.com