Together - monthly free online talk and meditation practice
About 12 years ago, the Openground teachers from all over Australia met for one of our wonderful weekends of learning together, and we posed a question: What is important to you in your own practice and in the unfolding of the MSBR course? What matters most to you, now
We spent a rich day, with each teacher taking time to share what has touched them most in the mindfulness work and what felt most salient or
useful: equanimity, embodiment, savouring the present condition, emotional regulation, respect for all, undermining reactivity, and compassion
were high on the list. What matters most is - of course - always changing as the practice and life unfolds in unexpected and exciting ways.
This year each month on Zoom, an Openground teacher will share something of what matters to them in their world and work of mindfulness, as well as leading a practice together. You can be there live online, or watch it later. All of the talks are listed below.
Sunday, 24th March, 2019
7:30 - 8:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney time
Link to the meeting:
Topic: Feeling Tone
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 recognize and work with them more consciously.
With: Astrid de Ruiter
MSc (Physics), Grad Dip Counseling, Dip Holistic Counseling
Astrid is a certified MBSR teacher, with the Centre of Mindfulness, UMass having trained extensively with them and Openground. She is a counsellor/ psychotherapist and has a background in science (physics). She has been teaching mindfulness to groups and individuals since 2006, to both clinical and non-clinical populations. Astrid's personal practice of mindfulness spans a period of over 15 years within various Insight meditation traditions. Astrid teaches MBSR courses in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. She brings a gentle yet lively and engaging presence to her teaching of mindfulness. She is strongly committed to helping participants develop their own relationship to mindfulness and mindfulness practice, so that it is personally and professionally relevant. She is gifted in her capacity to balance theory and practice, and to make the learning journey an inspiring and productive one.
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
Past talks and practices
Topic: Keep it simple
Recorded on: Sunday 17th February 2019
Link to Zoom Recording:
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.