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Mindfulness Practice

It can be hard to keep up a regular mindfulness practice by yourself! Openground offers a free monthly online talk and practice, as well as graduate drop-in practice groups in Sydney and Melbourne.
Rest and renew in good company

Free online practice group | Sundays, weekly | 4.30 - 5.45 pm

Each week on Sundays, one of our marvellous teachers leads practice and discussion. This session is centred around a theme, and involves a movement practice, some stillness practice and then sharing and brief discussion.  It is great way to support your practice through connection with others who value this way of being in the world. This is even more important as we face the challenges of isolation and stress that might arise in the next few months. 

 **We are wanting to be inclusive, but the practice groups are not an introduction to mindfulness. If you have some experience and knowledge of practice you are welcome to join us or if you are doing MBSR and way to practice with others on a Sunday.  Otherwise, it may be better for you to take up the in-depth mindfulness training (MBSR) - especially if you are quite stressed or have anxiety, depression or pain.

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Urban Retreat Days | Saturdays, fortnightly | 9am - 1pm

Refresh your motivation and keep practising mindfulness, reconnect with the support of the practice and take a half day to renew your connection with yourself and practice in the good company of fellow travellers.

We want to be inclusive, but this day of practice will suit people with some experience and knowledge of mindfulness practice - for example like the learning that happens in an eight-week program.  So if you have some experience of practice - do feel free to register (even if you haven't done MBSR, MBCT or MiCBT.)  If you haven't done any mindfulness training yet, have a look at the MBSR page to find a course near you.  This will be a better fit, than leaping into a retreat day.At the end of the eight week MBSR course, continue engaging in the practice at a regular drop-in Practice Group.

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Day of Mindfulness

Every three months Openground hosts a Day of Mindfulness, which as well as being an integral part of the MBSR course each term, is also available for past participants.

The quarterly Day of Mindfulness is an opportunity for people who have done the course, and the teachers of the course, to come together to spend a day practicing meditation. Over the course of the day, we will spend most of the time in silence, and some time sharing our experience. You will be led through various meditations including sitting, walking, and stretching. 

This day of meditation training provides time and space for focused practice which can refresh mindfulness skills and strengthen ongoing practice at home.

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Secular Buddhist Practice Groups

The MBSR program you have been exploring comes directly from the four foundations of mindfulness, from the Western Insight tradition. There are many secular Buddhist groups offering ongoing practice and exploration which would deepen what you have been learning in the MBSR course. 
These groups also offer longer retreats. Here are a few leads for you to explore: 

Australia wide: www.dharma.org.au
Sydney: Sydney Insight Meditators www.sydneyinsightmeditators.org
Melbourne: Dhamma Sukha Meditation Centre www.dhammasukha.org.au
Perth: Perth Insight Meditation Group www.pimg.org 
Adelaide: Ashtree Sangha http: www.dharma.org.au
Alice Springs: Desert Budhha Sangha www.dharma.org.au
Hobart: Vipassana meditation www.pabha.dhamma.org 
Brisbane: www.dharma.org.au 

Insight meditation
Insight (Vipassana) meditation is the simple and direct practice of moment-to- moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives.

 

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