Our lightly guided mindfulness meditation groups usually start with a short, silent period of "getting present." After a brief period of introductions we sit for about 25 minutes. The remainder of our time together is spent discussing meditation and mindfulness in our lives.
We also read books on mindfulness written by various authors in order to better focus our periods of discussion. It is not necessary or even important for you to read along - any topic presented for discussion will be summarized by the facilitator. You can drop into this book at any point.
We are now reading the book "Secular Meditation" by Rick Heller.
"As meditation teacher Rick Heller shows, the benefits of the practice enrich relationships with one’s community, and with the world. In Secular Meditation, step-by-step instructions, personal stories, and provocative questions teach empathy for others, stress reduction, and the kind of in-the-moment living that fosters appreciation for life and resilience in the face of adversity." We invite you to read along, although reading the book is not necessary to attend the meditations or to participate in the discussion. The schedule is here.
Mindfulness meditation is held in the Reeb Room at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL.
Although there is no charge for attending, if everyone were to donate just $5 - $10 per visit, our expenses would be covered.
SMI is secular (non-religious). These groups will utilize materials from various wisdom traditions, but no religion or tradition will be taught at our core programs.