Shared Interest Groups

 

Shared interest groups are one way to nurture practice and develop friendships within the larger SIMS community. These groups do not require facilitators and are usually more informal than KM groups. Each shared interest group depends on a contact person to handle information about meetings. If you have a hobby or activity that you would like to share with other SIMS attendees (for example, seeing movies, taking hikes, sewing quilts, or kayaking), please consider organizing a shared interest group. To find out if other meditators are interested in your topic, please contact the Shared Interest Groups Coordinator.

 

Current Shared Interest Groups

  • Intuitive Arts as Meditation

    Description:

    Process Painting and collage cards (SoulCollage®) are two intuitive art forms that begin with listening to your intuition and trusting in the process of letting go and taking small risks.  

    This is a wonderful opportunity to practice being engaged in the "mystery' and developing our meditation skills, such as sensing and listening to the subtle shifts of energy in our body, attending to our flow of thoughts and emotions, developing skills in letting go, and practicing being fully present, while engaged in an activity "off of the cushion." 

    The group members will select one or both of the art forms - process painting and/or collage - to explore their own process. We will use the latest Tuesday evening Sangha homework provided by Rodney Smith as the focus of the monthly meeting. 

    To help deepen our experience, time will be provided both for journaling privately and for sharing your process with the group, if you so choose. Each session begins with a brief check-in and a short meditation. No art experience is necessary. We hope you will join us in this exploration. 

    Supplies provided.  (There will be a $5.00 donation per person per session for the supplies, but no one will be turned away if unable to pay.) Please bring an apron or paint shirt. Some may want to bring a sweater (building heats unevenly). 

    Meeting time:

    3rd Monday of the month 7:00-9:00pm

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  • Mountain Meditation

    Description:

    A series of silent day-long Mountain Meditations will be offered in the Cascade and Olympic mountains, and around the Puget Sound area. The intention is to foster mindfulness and awareness of self in nature, and of our interconnectedness with all beings. We will alternate 30 minutes of hiking with 5-10 minutes of sitting meditation, throughout the day. There will be a lunch break, and a brief verbal check-in. 

    Will leave from 65th St. NE Park & Ride (Beneath I-5) at 7:00am.

    Bring lunch, water, appropriate hiking gear including warm clothing, foam pad for sitting.

    Meeting time:

    For 2014: 2/22, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/7, 7/19, 8/9, 9/27, 10/11, 11/1

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  • Moving Into Stillness with T'ai Chi Chih

    Description:

    T'ai Chi Chih's gentle movements reduce stress and relax and energize the body and mind.  With regular practice, circulating and balancing chi (energy) can enhance our physical and emotional well-being, inviting a sense of inner and outer peacefulness.  All abilities are welcome. 

    This routine of 19 moves and 1 pose complements any meditation practice.  Some of the ways include : quieting the mind, refreshing mind and body, developing strength and flexibility, being in the moment, deepening one's spiritual practice, sharpening and opening creative pathways, settling into silence.

    All abilities welcome. 

    Note:  There will be fees for rental space: (to be calculated by the size of the group.) 

    Meeting time:

    Starting 10/20/14 thru 12/15/14. Mondays, 10-11:15am at All Pilgrim's Church at 500 Broadway East, Seattle on Capital Hill

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