Our two ongoing, open, weekly 90-minute groups focus on a deepening understanding of mindfulness in daily life, and the development and continuation of an enjoyable, consistent daily sitting practice. The stillness and spaciousness always available to us are cultivated, and then used as a base of operation for inquiring into and examining the nature of our thoughts and emotions, the experience of self, and our relationship with the world around us. As we see ourselves and the world we live in with greater clarity and wisdom, anxiety, despair and anger soften in us, and true compassionate action can be present. Mindfulness, meditation, and mindful movement are a part of both groups.
The afternoon group, meeting at 3:30, is led by Susan Hales, Laurie Surfas and Gary Massey. This group is currently reading and discussing Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Answers from the Heart.
The 6:30 evening group, led by Ken Lenington, is just beginning (as of May 23rd 2018) an exploration of The 5 Hindrances, as they manifest both on and off the meditation cushion. We will be using reflective and analytic meditative methods, with a continuing foundation of calm abiding meditation. For further information about this, select the “Current Open Circle 6:30 Group focus: the 5 Hindrances” at the top of the page.
The Open Circle Mindfulness Group meets on Wednesdays afternoons from 3:30 to 5 PM and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Center for Art and Spirit in the St. George’s Episcopal Church, 1 School Road, in West Asheville. For further information about the group, and a map, please see the “Group Information and Map” page.