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Mindfulness Meditation Circle

Join Our Peer-led Meditation Circle

When: Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET; Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ET

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Where: Zoom

Details:

Welcome to the peer-led DBSA Boston Mindfulness Meditation circle. It’s free and open to all.

The Alpaca (in a rabbit hole) represents the group’s acronym for cultivating mindfulness: ALPACA (Awareness, Loving and Peaceful Acceptance, Constructive Action). The rabbit hole reminds us to keep exploring with curiosity. Thanks to Rivka, Scott, Carolyn, Jules, and others in the group!

Mindfulness Meditation Circle Guidelines

  1. We welcome everyone with all meditation experience levels, from beginners to those with a more established practice. You do not need to be a DBSA Boston member.
  2. Please, no discussion of religion, politics, or current events.
  3. We would love to see your face, though if you prefer to be off-camera, that is okay, too.
  4. You may join and leave at any time.
  5. All DBSA Boston Guidelines For DBSA Groups and Meetings must also be followed.
  6. By joining this meditation circle, you agree to hold DBSA Boston and all meditation facilitators harmless in case of discomfort.

The topic of the Week

Sunday Meditation and Discussion

 ach Sunday, we begin with a meditation and follow it with a discussion on Stoicism. The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User’s Manual

On Sunday, June 23, we will discuss Chapter 4: Death

From the Introduction:

The Stoic also works not only to overcome the fear of death but to treat mortality as another source of perspective and inspiration. Being mindful that existence has an end puts daily life into a new and ennobling light, in much the same way as contemplation of the scale of the universe or of time. … This can be considered an example of seeking wisdom through adjustment of one’s point of view.

Audio Recordings

*New* You can access audio recordings of recent meditations through the following link: http://tinyurl.com/DbsaMeditations2024

Facilitators

Khare facilitates this peer-led practice. Carolyn helps facilitate our discussions on Fridays and Sundays. Krista also co-facilitates meditations occasionally. Thank you, Carolyn and Krista!

Guidelines for Mindfulness Discussion Group:

(Thanks to Lisa, Andie, and Scott)

  • Purpose: Our primary purpose in this meeting is to discuss principles and techniques to enhance our mindfulness practices and their application to our daily lives. This is not a support group.
  • Focus on Meaningful Topics: To maintain our focus, we will avoid engaging in personal, political, religious, or racial critiques or debates on controversial or hateful issues that could be disruptive and disturbing to the group.
  • Respectful and Safe Environment: We strive to create a respectful and safe space for all community members to share their thoughts and experiences without fear of judgment or criticism.
  • No Interruptions: Please refrain from interrupting a speaker. If you wish to contribute or share your thoughts, raise your hand, and you will be given an opportunity to speak.
  • Practice Self Focus: Share and speak about your own experiences and responses, avoiding assumptions about the experiences of others or speaking on behalf of the entire group.
  • Move Up / Move Back: Encourage balanced participation by all members. Be mindful of who is speaking and who is not; if you talk often, consider allowing others to share more.
  • Practice Mindful Listening: Be fully present and engaged in listening to others. Avoid planning your response while listening, and be open to learning and being surprised.
  • Confidentiality: Respect the privacy of others by not identifying anyone other than yourself when sharing what was discussed in the session. If you wish to follow up with someone about their comments, ask for their consent first.

Following these guidelines can create a nurturing and supportive environment for personal growth and deepen our mindfulness practices.

Impact on Community

We have had 25,882 Zoom participants since March 2020

Thank you

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to DBSA Boston for their unwavering support of this meditation circle since 2017, when it used to meet in person at McLean Hospital, and then in 2020, when we switched to Zoom. Thanks to Chuck, Lillian, and Mary for their dedication and encouragement. We also thank our past practice leaders: Adriana, Andie, Elizabeth, Jean, Jennifer, Krista, and Lucia. Your guidance and commitment have been invaluable to our community.

And to each member of our mindfulness community, we extend our sincere appreciation. Your presence, participation, and contributions breathe life into this circle and make it all possible. Thank you for being part of this journey.

Questions

Contact Khare@dbsaboston.org

Last updated: 06/16/2024