I am a recently retired professor from Keene State College in Keene, NH. I have practiced Vipassana meditation since 1979 and have had significant experiences in many different religions and spiritual traditions. I have taught meditation at Keene State College to students in many courses and to faculty and staff; at the local hospital; at the County jail; and at the Monadnock Mindfulness Practice Center which I helped to found in 2002.
My intention for the website is to provide a resource to share what I have learned about mindfulness, about meditation, and about life. I am currently restructuring the website and have intended to begin a blog for a couple years now, and I have some assistance to help me begin sometime in June.
What mindfulness is and isn't
Mindfulness is bringing two intentions to present moment experience:
(1) the intention to meet what is happening with curiosity and interest, and
(2) the intention to let it happen, that is, an attitude of acceptance, non-judging, or kindness--whichever of these three terms fits you best.
Meditation is when we practice mindfulness for a period of time. While "sitting down meditation" is not for everyone, virtually everyone I know would like to be mindful more often.
My first meditation teacher, when explaining the purpose of meditation, asked: "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could have a miniature-sized assistant who sat on our shoulders and reminded us when we were getting angry, frustrated, etc. at our spouse, children, parents, at work, etc.?" He replied, "That's what mindfulness does--it increases the likelihood that we will remember during times of stress."
I am a co-founder of the Monadnock Mindfulness Practice Center. Our website went down a couple months ago and our new, expanded site will be up by mid-June and will have the new url of mindfulnesskeene.org
In the meantime, I will post timely information about the Center here.
Our address is 103 Roxbury St., Room 301. There is no charge for coming to our sessions, though donations are happily accepted. That’s how we pay our rent! The building is handicapped accessible.
Our scheduled sittings are Monday and Tuesday 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Wednesday 8 - 9 am, and we have Mindful Yoga every Friday from 5 - 6:15 pm.
Eve Kodiak, of Aloha Keene, will be doing an experiential workshop on Mindfulness and Healing. “Simply by being present, we re-create our world. When we become empty with a healing intent, healing may simply happen. Join us for a journey into “shuniya” -solo, with partners, and in community-breathing and listening to the resonant space that inhabits us. Safety respected. Beginner’s mind welcome.” Thursday, May 30 at 7 pm at the Center.
Zen monk, Gendo Allyn Field, will be presenting a talk: " Self, Nonself and Fullness of Mind" at June 27 from 6:30 - 8 pm. Gendo founded the Upper Valley Zen Center in Vermont where he leads a weekly practice schedule. He is also a "per diem" chaplain at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and leads Zen practice at Concord State Prison. No charge. Donations accepted.