You are invited to join our mindfulness maintenance groups
At the Association for mindfulness development we invite everyone, who is already familiar with the practice of mindfulness, to continue to practice it within a group – regardless of where he/she learned the practice. Mindfulness maintenance group is dedicated to group meditation and offering support with personal development. It offers an opportunity to:
- exchange experience about different ways of solving problems,
- monitor the process of personal development and receive feedback from other members of the group,
- gain new knowledge and increase our sense of achievement,
- develop attentive and active listening skills,
- gain motivation for developing our daily meditation routine,
- meditate regardless of how we feel at the moment (if you are alone, it is harder to keep practicing when unpleasant feelings arise).
Open group sessions take place every second and fourth Sunday of the month, between 6 and 8pm at the Centre for Personal Development and Psychotherapy (CORP) in Ljubljana. The attendance is free for members and non-members alike. It is suitable for everyone already familiar with the practice of mindfulness; new-comers are usually invited for an informal discussion, before they attend the group session for the first time.
The meeting consists of meditation and sharing the experience with other participants of the group. The time dedicated to meditation, is usually divided on sitting meditation or mindful exercise (20 min), walking meditation (15 min) and sitting meditation (40 min). There will be some cushions available for you to sit on, but you can also bring your own.
The Association mediates at organising its members into closed groups, which are smaller in number than the open group. This gives a heightened sense of security and is an opportunity to share more intimate, sensitive topics. This is especially important when we are facing personal struggles, which can be brought into the safe environment of a well-connected group.
Thich Nhat Hanh: “A sangha is a garden, full of many varieties of trees and flowers. When we can look at ourselves and at others as beautiful, unique flowers and trees we can truly grow to understand and love one another. One flower may bloom early in the spring and another flower may bloom in late summer. One tree may bear many fruits and another tree may offer cool shade. No one plant is greater, or lesser, or the same as any other plant in the garden. Each member of the sangha also has unique gifts to offer to the community.” (The New Sangha Handbook, 2012).