http://mindfulnessoutreachinitiative.org/

Writing and Teaching Group

Selected Thursdays in 2017-2018 (Dates below)

6:00-8:00

Scheduled meetings:

October 19, November 16, and December 14 in 2017

January 18, February 22, March 22, April 19, and May 17 in 2018

At May meeting, we’ll decide on date for June wrap-up/celebration.

No meetings in July, August, or September of 2018

Meetings held at:

Mindfulness Outreach Initiative

3015 Pacific Street

Omaha, NE 68105

Contact Daniel Boster with questions

(402) 590-7564

daniel.boster1@gmail.com

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October 19, 2017

6:00-6:10

Opening/any introductions of new folks as necessary/brief meditation

6:10-6:30

Past purposes and activities of the group; input on goals and hopes for group in 2017-2018

6:30-7:00

Discuss Joan Halifax’s ideas about “Radical Compassion” (To prepare for this conversation, watch this video.) It’s about 25 minutes. It includes a short meditation.

Possible idea to discuss:

  • How can we apply the idea of radical compassion to teaching, to teaching writing, to our own writing, to our work with others

7:00-7:10

Break      

7:10-7:30

Plans and goals for writing for next meeting

7:30-7:50

Meditation guided by Johnathan Woodside

7:50-8:00

Reflection/wrap up

Notes:

In attendance: Katie Hupp, Anne Savery, Christine Adair, Amy Rector, Lynnze Martinsen, Kristina Faimon, and Dan Boster


June 8, 2017

6:30-6:40

Opening/any introductions of new folks as necessary/Brief meditation

6:45-7:30

For this meeting, each of us will bring up to 4 pages of writing. Bring 8-10 extra copies if possible.

7:30-7:40

Break      

7:40-7:55

Wrap up writing feedback session

7:55-8:15

Meditation guided by Johnathan Woodside

8:15-8:30

Reflection/wrap up

NOTES


May 4, 2017

6:30-6:45

Opening/any introductions of new folks as necessary/Brief meditation

6:45-7:30

Discussion

“Listening Like a Cow” from Mary Rose O’Reilley’s Radical Presence: Teaching as Contemplative Practice

7:30-7:40

Break      

7:40-7:50

Wrap up discussion/ideas for next meeting/next year

7:50-8:10

Meditation guided by Johnathan Woodside

8:10-8:30

Reflection/wrap up

Notes


April 6, 2017

6:30-6:40

Opening/any introductions of new folks as necessary

6:40-7:15

Discussion of ideas from readings/connect to teaching and writing

Readings linked here:

“When Mindfulness Meets the Classroom” and a long list of poems**** that folks use in mindfulness based stress relief sessions (Jen’s choices)

“Why You Should Meditate for No Reason” (Dan’s choice)

“A Practice for Developing Kindness Toward Yourself” (also Dan’s choice)

7:15-7:20

Break       [****Read as many or as few poems as you like.]

7:20-7:50

Sharing of any writing/discussions of mindfulness and writing (Please see notes from March 2 meeting for writing “assignment.”)

7:50-8:10

Meditation guided by Johnathan Woodside

8:10-8:30

Reflection/wrap up

Notes


March 2

6:30-6:40

Opening/any introductions of new folks as necessary

6:40-7:15

Discussion of ideas from readings/connect to teaching and writing

Readings linked here:

Anger and Attachment (Dan picked these.)

3 Contemplative Practices that Will Improve Your Writing (Johnathan’s pick)

A Bodhicitta Practice (Becky’s pick)

7:15-7:20

Break

7:20-7:50

Sharing of any writing/discussions of mindfulness and writing

7:50-8:10

Meditation guided by Johnathan Woodside

8:10-8:30

Reflection/wrap up

Notes from March 2 Meeting


February 2 (Initial Meeting)

6:30-7:00

Introductions, purpose of the group, discuss structure of meetings

7:00-7:20

Ideas about mindfulness and writing

(Please be prepared to share your own ideas.)

7:20--7:30

Break

7:30-7:50

Ideas about mindfulness and teaching writing

(Please be prepared to share your own ideas.)

7:50-8:10

Meditation guided by Johnathan Woodside

8:10-8:30

Wrap up/discuss future meetings

NOTES from February 2 Meeting