Aloha and welcome to our free weekly Honolulu mindfulness get-togethers!
NOTE: In response to the increasing call for social distancing and other precautionary measures related to preventing the spread of COVID-19, all classes are cancelled until it is safe for us to meet again in community.
May our sense of inter-connectedness and mutual support remain strong. Sangha continues whether we connect in person or just in our homes.
Remember, washing your hands properly with soap and water is the #1 best thing you can do to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, so make it into something that is also good for your soul — by cultivating the habit of mindful hand washing, like this:
Mindful Hand Washing
Rather than washing your hands mindlessly (or forgetting whether you’ve washed them at all), take the time to transform hand-washing into a mindfulness practice. Indulge yourself in the sensations of washing your hands. Do it deliberately and carefully and slowly, keeping your awareness in your fingers and hands and wrists for the whole time. Scan your hands for each tiny sensation as you wash.
Enjoy it. Make it luxurious and special. Make it something you look forward to doing. See what your whole body feels like when you wash your hands – can you feel those movements elsewhere? In your neck or chest or stomach … in your feet? How are you breathing? Are you trying to hold your breath and clench your teeth?
Take this time to explore and grow your home practice. Also, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all about your home practice. I really do hope you seize this opportunity to go deeper into this wondrous practice!
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We meet weekly in our home in Honolulu Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 PM, since 1998, and all are welcome.
Please see the recently updated directions below.
I teach in a completely secular manner, drawing on insights from ecology, poetry and world mythologies as much as I do from the early Buddhist tradition in which I was trained as a monk in the 1980’s in Sri Lanka.
There is no membership or registration required–just show up in comfortable clothes.
A typical evening unfolds like this: 15 minutes of guided, seated meditation followed by 10 minute of gentle, mindful standing/ moving meditation, followed by a final seated meditation period of about 25 minutes. The evening ends with a short talk and discussion, wrapping up with time for Q and A, hanging out and chatting.
These evenings are perfect for beginners–or for that friend you always wanted to introduce to meditation!
The address is 2439-A Holomua Place, in Palolo Valley. Ideally, arrive 10 minutes or so early and park on 10th Avenue and walk the four or so minutes or so to the house. This would be a great opportunity to prepare for sitting meditation at our place by practicing mindful walking meditation!
If possible, try not to park on Makanui Place or Holomua Place, as there is little parking there for our neighbors who arrive home from work about the time when we meet.
From there, walk to the dead-end at Holomua Place, then walk down the small driveway on the right lined with palm trees, and go towards the left to the second house.
Our cell # is 808.393.6342.
We hope to see you!
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