Some of us were on Coogee Beach at 6.15 am on Sunday morning to meditate as the sun came up. This was the result of an initiative by Brigitte our in-house artist / photographer.
It was a perfect morning and wonderful to share it with you, feel the sun gently warm us as we sat with awareness and then proceed to Barzurra for a coffee / tea.
It is Brigitte who has been responsible for the many lovely photos you may have been seeing on our Facebook page and website and certainly in these weekly emails.
I look forward to sharing her Coogee Sunrise Meditation series soon.
Sadly for us Brigitte is moving to the South Coast but assures me she will be joining us for retreats – thanks so much for your art and inspiration Brigitte!
Retreat and Dharma Study Notifications (please put these dates into diaries if interested)
Our first retreat is going to be at our Buddhist Community’s Retreat Centre at Minto Heights on the weekend of October 12th and 13th (commencing Friday night of the 11th)
Our next breakfast is going to be on September 15th – I am going to try rolling this into our first Dharma Study group – 9 – 10.30 am
To finish with here’s a bit of inspiration and wisdom from Deepak Chopra
Hope we see you this Thursday 7 – 8.30 pm
3. Meditation Improves Focus and Concentration Many people feel frazzled because they’re trying to do more than one thing at a time. As neuroscientists have discovered, the conscious brain cannot multitask. If I’m speaking to you and checking my emails at the same time, I’m doing neither. Meditation helps us to train our brain to stay focused on the task at hand rather than letting our attention be pulled away by every passing thought and distraction. This one-pointed attention makes us more productive and less stressed.
There is a lot of interesting research showing how meditation and mindfulness improve the brain’s focus and concentration. A study carried out by the Kyoto Convention Bureau found that when people meditated for at least ten minutes before a meeting, they were much better at focusing, listening, retaining information, and completing tasks. The next time you’re leading or attending a meeting, you may want to suggest just a few minutes of meditation for everyone to get centered and present. It doesn’t have to be complicated – just have people close their eyes and focus on their breath for a minute or two.