Put it AWAY….

Put it AWAY!……and come to the MBSR All Day Silent Retreat!  All  MBSR participants past and present are invited to the All Day Silent Retreat Saturday, August 6, 2016.  This guided all day retreat is part of the Summer 2016 MBSR curriculum.  It gives a great review and reboot to anyone who has taken MBSR in the past  and wants to review mindfulness skills or  begin anew with daily practice.  No lists, no pens, paper or electronics.  Just bring yourself and your lunch.

Where: Beltrami Electric Community Room  4111 Technology Drive Bemidji, MN

When:  Saturday August 6, 2016  9:00am to 4:00pm  Come a few minutes early for Coffee and conversation, and so you can settle in for the day.

What:  Bring a lunch you have packed yourself to eat at noon; bring layers of clothing for comfort, and any extra pillows blankets or props you need for comfort.

Water, coffee and tea and healthy snacks will be provided!

Cushions, blankets and chairs will be provided.

E-mail Geri at geriwilimek@gmail.com if you plan on coming.  If you decide to come when you wake up Saturday morning, COME on over!

All Day Silent Retreat  Click for more details

Looking forward to seeing you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Curious Art of the Body Scan

question-mark-paintingMBSR Class is currently working with body scan practice. The body scan, like most things we find daunting, is just a series of moments, and moments themselves aren’t all that complicated.  These are my left toes….this is my right knee….these are my fingertips….this is my chin.

But let’s be realistic.  Most of us are not used to the body scan’s pace (really slow)  or the subject matter (this body).  We often face the unfamiliar with a worried quality of mind, like:   “I’m not used to this–I’ve got all this other stuff to do…..this is really wacko…what will people think….jeeminy how long is this going to take”….fill in the blanks for yourself.   How can we work skillfully with our thinking to make the body scan more accessible?

One way is “beginner’s mind”….deciding to approach each moment (ie. right knee, now) as if for the very first time, with openness and curiosity.  Like this:

“Hmmm, what is going on in this knee right now?”

Forget how goofy this may sound….remember you don’t have to justify it to anyone, and your MBSR classmates, (past present and future) are in it with you!

Another way to work skillfully with thinking  is simply to notice thoughts  as they arise…( a story, a memory, a grocery list…) and, gently redirect attention back to body scanning:

“What is happening here with this knee ?  What is happening here with this hip?  And what are we having for dinner?…..oops, what is happening here with this hip?…..pork chops? baked or grilled….gravy would sure taste good….. oops, now what is here in the hip?…….etc.”

Simple but not easy!  That is why we practice in class.  And why we practice with recorded instructions  at home.  Hang in there…….the body scan has much to teach.  New skills will emerge.

Try a body scan here:

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We begin again.

IMG_2256Summer MBSR is underway!   We explore our “basic equipment”:  eyes, ears, nose, mouth and body (fleshy sensations arising from skin/muscle/joint/bone).  It’s slow going by usual standards, but everyone in class is engaged as we look more closely at  actual felt experience of life moment by moment. We spend a half-hour eating a raisin; we linger for almost an hour scanning the body, noticing and observing from toes to crown of the head.   This kind of attention is rich with thought:  memory, anticipation, insight and new perspective.  And with thought comes emotion:  warmth, nostalgia, longing and worry.  It’s all the stuff we are made of, and knowing this is the point of mindfulness practice.  So on we go, with sincere intent to practice daily, carefully and kindly observing, fine tuning our amazing capacity for awareness.

 

Stop and….

IMG_4475…linger over the peaches and nectarines at the grocery store, just to smell them.  Look up and see every variation of green in the trees and know what is happening in the sky.  Its summer in northern Minnesota, full of experiences we can overlook if we are overly stressed, emotionally or physically.  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teaches us to round out our everyday experience, learning to acknowledge stress and its causes, and also to be more open to the vastly interesting world that surrounds us even when we are stressed!  Get more life out of your life….try MBSR this summer.   Subscribe to this site (bottom of the right side banner)  for an automatic reminder when  the summer 2017 MBSR class schedule is finalized.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2016 MBSR

DSC_0061Everything is arranged for summer Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes!  All you need to do now is pre register! Click Here 

All regular classes are held on Monday evenings, 6:00pm to 8:30pm 

For the specific class dates, Click Here

Orientation is required and will be on TUESDAY, June 14, 2016  from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Beltrami Electric Cooperative Community Room
4111 Technology DR NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

 

 

Peace Pole Planted!

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Bemidji officially linked with the international network of Peace Poles,  in a public ceremony on Sunday, May 1, 2016.  Remember, a gesture of kindness, generosity, or non-violence is never a mistake.

Be There for Peace

peacepole001smWho:  The community in and surrounding Bemidji Minnesota

What:  Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony…an opportunity for people of all ages to endorse the message of world peace just by showing up; to make a sincere gesture of kindness toward all life on earth.  Over 200,000 Peace Poles have been dedicated by friends and supporters in 191 countries around the world.

When: Sunday, May 1, 2016   1:oo pm

Where:  Harmony Food Coop      302 Irvine Ave Nw, Bemidji, MN 

Why:  Because it matters when even one person embodies peace, goodwill and kindness