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Free monthly online talk and practice

Explore and practice with an Openground teacher.

Mindful of Our Precious Earth

With: Karen Haddon
Date: Sunday - Rescheduled - To be confirmed  
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 pm (AEST)
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What you'll need

  • Zoom app on phone or computer. Download here
  • A high-speed broadband connection
  • A webcam
  • A microphone and speakers (built-in or separate headset with microphone)
  • If using Windows, a DirectX 9.0c compatible video card

Spherical earth representation - sky, land and seaWhen we take our formal and informal mindfulness practices into the bush, out in an open field, as we sit on top of a beautiful rolling hill, swim in the ocean, lie on a sandy beach, take our meditation stool out into our urban gardens, or find a bench in a city park at lunchtime, we have the opportunity to bring awareness to how this precious earth supports our whole being and tap into the healing power of spending time in nature. 

In a recent retreat, while practicing immersed in the bush, surrounded by birds, lizards, kangaroos, all manner of insects, the beauty of the trees, connecting deeply to the rhythms of the earth and the rhythms of nature, the evidence of how all the flora and fauna work in symbiosis supporting the cycle of life in the natural world was very strong. What was also clear is how humans are working against this precious earth. The very earth that sustains our existence. 

I feel a deep connection to the rhythms of our natural world. I know how critically important it is for us as humans to bring open awareness to the delicate relationship we have with this precious earth. How our actions contribute to the health and well-being of the planet and how the planet contributes to our own sense of well-being. This is interconnection. 

In this talk and practice we'll explore our concerns for this precious earth, drawing on practices that open our hearts and minds to the current plight of the planet and acknowledging gratitude for all that our planet provides, our grief for the current state of things and how we can open to seeing our way towards taking heart centered action for the good of the natural world. A must before it is too late. 

We’ll talk and practice together as an interconnected group. 

Karen Haddon
GCMan, AdvDipBus, GCGov, CertIVFS, CertIVBowen, CertIVCom, MBSR(MTIA)

Karen Haddon - Mindfulness teacher - Perth, W.A

Karen is passionate about bringing mindfulness into the world and draws on her long experience with people in the corporate, small business and not-for-profit sectors in her MBSR teaching. She brings vitality, curiosity and caring to her classes and has the skills to enthuse and support people in their mindfulness training. Karen has practiced meditation and yoga for over 20 years and is qualified as an MBSR teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute. She is strongly committed to helping others in finding the most relevant way for them to integrate mindfulness into their personal and professional lives and draws inspiration from the transformations she sees in each person as they begin their own mindfulness practice.

A strong advocate for the benefits of mindfulness for young people, Karen has qualified to teach four internationally recognised programs: MBSR for Teens, MiSP.B, Mindful Schools and MindUp.

Karen spends her days immersed in sharing the benefits and practices of mindfulness with those who attend her MBSR classes, with educators in Primary and Secondary schools, teens in both schools and in her community MBSR-T program, with workplace teams and this year has worked with three of WA’s top sports teams introducing them to mindfulness in sport.

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Past Talks and Practices

What’s in the Way Can be the Way

With Elizabeth (Libba) Granger

Recorded Sunday 22 September 2019
People often turn to mindfulness practice to help them manage themselves in some way, whether it be a particular physical condition they’re grappling with, or mental and emotional states and/or simply to find more ease and peace in their lives. And yet along the way, up come the very states and conditions we’re struggling with, which we somehow want to hop over or get rid of, so we can find more ease and peace. In this session we’ll explore how to use this precise moment of practice as an intentional moment of awareness and choice – whether we choose to get to know this state more intimately and how to be with it with less reactivity, or how to find more ground and stability in this moment. 

With Elizabeth (Libba) Granger

Going from Arrgghhh to Ahhhhh - Breathing Practices in Everyday Life.

With Dr Jennie Broughton

Recorded Sunday 25 August 2019

When we get stressed there are often sounds associated with the stress response.  At times of frustration and overwhelm I can sometimes be heard making a noise something like arrrgghhhhh.  My husband often points out - 'how about you go from arrggghhhh to ahhhhhhhh.'  Sometimes I try this, and can feel the release of tension and bracing in the body as the arrggghhhh becomes ahhhhhhhhh, and wonder why I don't do this practice more often... 
Tonight we will have a look at some of the physiology of breathing, the wave like nature of the breathing cycle, as it is felt in the body, and have a bit of an explore of sounds of stress and the sounds of ease and release.  Bring a pen and paper - (which we may not use)

Presence and subtle aggression in our practice

With Timothea Goddard

Recorded Sunday, 14 July, 2019

It is natural to respond to unpleasant experience with a subtle stress reaction of rejecting and an impulse of pushing away.  In this session we will explore the fine line between acceptance of what is here in the moment and the subtle aggression of wishing things were different.   The practice offered will be lying down, and involve both stillness and movement.

We will also explore this edge with a practice from Tara Brach of literally saying “yes” and “no” to our experience in the moment and seeing the results of fighting our experience or welcoming it.

Mindfulness talk and practice with Timothea Goddard

The Science of Self-Compassion

With Heather Albrecht

Recorded: Sunday, 23 June, 2019

Without the science behind self-compassion I never would have considered it. Self-compassion felt too gooey and indulgent and I didn’t have time for any of that. Yet today self-compassion it is one of my foundational practices. I’m more resilient, more motivated, and definitely kinder ~ and not just to myself. 

There’s an abundance of research about the power of self-compassion to help us cope better with stress, anxiety and pressure, to bounce back from failures and setbacks, to cope better with grief and loss, and to handle any type of emotional or physical pain more effectively. 

I’ll be sharing the most interesting bits from the research yet most importantly come and join me to experience a variety of self-compassion practices. It’s well worth knowing how to develop this superpower in yourself.

The Science of Self-Compassion - Mindfulness practice with Heather Albrecht

A Practice of Openness or Drudgery?

With Mary McIntyre

Recorded: Sunday, 26th May, 2019

“People are geniuses, if we let them be.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

Meditation practice can be instantly effective and a relief for some and fairly hard work for the rest of us. Guided meditations teach us to focus our attention in particular ways keeping us “on track”, but what next?

Open Awareness meditation is a wonderful antidote to wrangling with our attention and boxing ourselves in. And yet, what to do with all this space and choice? Is there a way to practice without tension and constriction? And how can our practice be allowing and nourishing and not-such-a-battlefield? Bring your journal and pen for some (optional) post meditation reflection.

Mary will be holding an 'Open Awareness' meditation retreat with Linda Modaro in Wilton,
NSW at Brahma Kumaris Retreat Centre from 21 - 24 November 2019. More info

A Practice of Openness or Drudgery? - Mindfulness Practice with Mary McIntyre

Mindful Speech

With Mark Baxter

Recorded: Sunday, 28th April, 2019

We sometimes think of mindfulness as a way to understand and harmonise with our own conscious awareness. A practice to help calm automatic reactivity, relax our grip on habitual inner patterns and open up to a broader awareness of experience. The practice seems to be about “looking in” but we all know our lives are defined in relation to other people. The ones we love, the ones we work with, the ones we play with and the ones we struggle with.
Our speech is an important vehicle for developing relationships that promote honesty, concord, trust and authenticity. It’s also a weapon that can incite gossip, conflict and harm. Mindful speech is such an important and challenging part of the practice. This talk will explore intentional, mindful speech as a fruitful and difficult relationship with values in action.

Mindful Speech with Mark Baxter

Feeling Tone

With Astrid de Ruiter

Recorded: Sunday, 24th March, 2019

Learning to work consciously with feeling tone is a subtle but very important aspect of our mindfulness practice. What is meant by feeling tone? Each experience we have has a particular quality to it: it feels pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. We are deeply conditioned to automatically react to feeling tones, with approach, avoidance or disinterest (in that order). Recognising feeling tones in our practice and in daily life and learning to respond to them more consciously is a powerful way to bring more peace, balance and wellbeing into our life.

In this live session, we will be exploring the concept of feeling tone a bit more, and we will do some practices to recognise and work with them more consciously.

Feeling Tone - Mindfulness practice with Astrid de Ruiter

Keep it Simple

With Pamela Lovell

Recorded: Sunday, 17 February, 2019

The practice reflects on the type of attitude(s) we bring to our practice of meditation. Some of us may feel a sense of drudgery when we come to meditate, others joy. Sometimes we may approach the practice as something to check off our ‘to do’ list. It is useful for us to reflect and even explore the effect of our attitude.

You’ll be invited to practice tonight with an attitude of keeping it simple and easy. We’ll attend to all the ‘usual suspects’ of wandering mind, uncooperative body, intrusive sounds, sensations and feelings. We’ll apply the attitude of ‘simple and easy’ and see what happens. I hope you’ll join me for this exploration of joy and playfulness we can bring to the practice.

Keep it Simple - Mindfulness Practice with Pamela Lovell

All Parts are Welcome - Loosening our identification through meditation

With Timothea Goddard

Recorded: 17 February 2019

Most of us come to mindfulness practice to deal with something we don’t want. It may be anxiety or pain, or lack of direction, or a grief or depression. It may a sense of feeling out of control with our children or being unfulfilled professionally. It may be a dull sense of loneliness or a lack of connection in life.When these pains are present, it can be hard not to identify with them. They can be strong and tend to dominate our experience and relationships.

Mindfulness meditation offers us an evidence-based way to approach these kinds of pains. It offers a practice where “all parts are welcome” and we can learn how to explore and not identify so strongly with these aspects of our experience. If we bring a wise and heartfelt attention to them, we begin to see them not as fixed identities but as simply parts of ourselves which are open to investigation, transformation and healing. 

Link to News article: All parts are welcome

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