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Regaining Consciousness – explorations in mindfulness
In this series – meeting the second Sunday of each month from 1:30-3:00pm – We will explore aspects of different mindfulness practices. Mindfulness can mean many different things, and there are many ways to get there. Rather than diving deep into any one practice, this workshop aims to create an accessible space for those new to the concept of mindfulness that want to find out what the hype is all about. For those that have developed a practice, you may want to explore something different to bring back to your practice – and perhaps you would like to share what you have learned as well with others.
August 9th – 1:30 – 3:00pm Buddhism 101
Greenbelt Unplugged continues its monthly Mindfulness series over Zoom with a Special Guest: Lance David Bergeson, Director and Senior Lay instructor at Drikung Dharma Surya Buddhist Center in Fairfax VA. Lance will give an introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness as practiced in Buddhism. This will be followed by a 20 min group meditation. The Zoom Session goes from 1:30-3:00pm on Sunday Aug 9th. For a link to the zoom session send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 12th Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
In this session we will be listening to a recorded sitting meditation that explores Mindfulness-based stress reduction. MBSR is a mindfulness training developed in the 1970s by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, yoga and exploration of patterns of behavior, thinking, feeling and action.
More information about Kabat-Zinns course can be found at https://www.mindfulnesscds.com/. There is also a free course here by a student of Zinns – These links are just a suggestion – not a recommendation.
This monthly event happens – you guessed it – on the first Friday of each month from 6 – 930pm. Usually in room 114 in the Community Center – any exceptions will be listed below. Feel free to bring a game to share or just come to play someone else’s. Usually there are plenty to choose from. All ages are welcome, please try to keep the games suitable to play in room that may contain children.
Improv Games – with Ian Blackwell Rogers
Friday June 5th 7:30-9pm –Via Zoom
Yes we are all getting a bit tired of Zoom – but this event will try to bring a bit of fun into the online meeting experience – We are looking for 12 or so brave souls to venture into this medium for some interactive games – you will be asked to participate – and not just a status update – you may need to think on your feet*. But don’t worry our host has been doing this a long time (at least in person) and will help guide us through the process.
Ian Blackwell Rogers is a DC/Baltimore area actor who has been doing mostly Shakespeare and other early modern plays. He has a background in improv and lots of experience with theatre games and exercises, and is eager to see what can be adapted to this new world where we live in little boxes from the shoulders up.
* You may want to be standing up for this, since noone ever said “think on your seat”
Sunday May 17th 1:30-3:00 – Yoga Nidra — Via Zoom – contact us for link.
This month, we are exploring Yoga Nidra, a form of meditation in which you are guided to explore the various layers of our embodied human experience and the underlying presence or pure awareness that we also are. No yoga or meditation experience is necessary. You can practice in any position- sitting, standing, walking, or lying down. The classic position for Yoga Nidra is lying down, and you may want to have a pillow, an extra blanket or two, and a bolster, pillow, or rolled up blanket for your knees to support the lower back.
Our COVID Response So it is not without irony that we have had to adapt, now that being near other humans is frowned upon. And although we hope that we soon will be able to hold events in person – it still is better to connect online than not at all. Furthermore, it does allow …