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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June 7, 2018

(rescheduled from May 17)

6:00-6:10

Opening with quick introductions (if necessary) and opening meditation

6:10-6:35

Discussion

Article: https://tricycle.org/magazine/your-life-your-practice/

(Ideas for creating your own retreat. Perhaps something you’ll have time for this summer.)

Article: https://tricycle.org/magazine/enduring-fires/

(By the Dalai Lama; just thought it was good)

6:35-7:35

Writing groups (Try to bring your own writing and be ready to give and receive feedback that you direct.)

7:35-8:00

Talk and meditation led by Johnathan Woodside of MOI

8:00-?

Social Gathering?

I propose we head over to Jambo Cat and hear some jazz. $5 cover.

More info here: https://jambo.cat/live-music/


April 26, 2018

(rescheduled from April 19)

6:00-6:10

Opening with quick introductions (if necessary) and opening meditation

6:10-6:35

Discussion

If you have time, consider reading these articles/resources for a discussion related to mindfulness, teaching, and writing.

The Everyday Sublime

“One Thing at a Time” from The Zen Teacher Blog

6:35-7:35

Writing groups (Try to bring your own writing and be ready to give and receive feedback that you direct.)

7:305-8:00

Talk and meditation led by Johnathan Woodside of MOI


March 22, 2018

6:00-6:10

Opening with quick introductions (if necessary) and opening meditation

6:10-6:40

Discussion

With yet another school shooting, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to stay mindful (including at school), when things are difficult, when the news seems so bad. So, here are some things I’ve found.

The first is a research based article that includes a 15 minute meditation for you to try if you like.  https://www.mindful.org/science-practice-staying-present-difficult-times/

An article about a mindful approach to the news.

https://www.mindful.org/three-ways-unhook-news-stay-informed/

Of course, bring any of your ideas, things to talk about, etc.

6:40-7:30

Writing groups (Try to bring your own writing.)

7:35-8:00

Talk and meditation led by Johnathan Woodside of MOI


February, 2018 {cancelled due to weather}

6:00-6:10

Opening with quick introductions (if necessary) and opening meditation

6:10-6:40

Discussion

With yet another school shooting, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to stay mindful (including at school), when things are difficult, when the news seems so bad. So, here are some things I’ve found.

The first is a research based article that includes a 15 minute meditation for you to try if you like.  https://www.mindful.org/science-practice-staying-present-difficult-times/

An article about a mindful approach to the news.

https://www.mindful.org/three-ways-unhook-news-stay-informed/

Of course, bring any of your ideas, things to talk about, etc.

6:40-7:30

Writing groups (Try to bring your own writing.)

7:35-8:00

Talk and meditation led by Johnathan Woodside of MOI

In attendance:

Notes:


January 18, 2018

6:00-6:10

Opening with quick introductions (if necessary) and opening meditation

6:10-6:40

Discussion

If you have time, please watch this 15 minute video. It is part of a Dharma talk, entitled: “Making the Shadow Your Teacher.”

https://tricycle.org/dharmatalks/making-shadow-teacher/

Perhaps we could discuss some of these ideas related to writing, teaching, and our work lives.

6:40-7:40

Writing groups

7:40-8:00

Meditation

In attendance:

Notes


December 14, 2017

6:00-6:10

Opening with quick introductions (if necessary) and brief, opening meditation

6:10-6:50

“The Writing Life: An Interview with Natalie Goldberg” https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ethical-wisdom/201607/the-writing-life-interview-natalie-goldberg

“Creating Good Ground for Meditation”

https://www.lionsroar.com/creating-a-good-ground-for-meditation/

6:50

Break

7:00-7:50

Writing groups OR meditation exercises guided by readings

7:50-8:00

Reflection/wrap up/planning for next time

In attendance: Amy Rector, Anne Savery, Diane Weis, Jen Statsny, Dan Boster

Notes:


November 16, 2017

6:00-6:10

Opening with quick introductions (if necessary) and meditation

6:10-6:30

Discussion of two items chosen by Amy Rector:

https://www.ted.com/talks/matthieu_ricard_on_the_habits_of_happiness#t-968752

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/07/mindfulness-meditation-empathy-compassion/398867/#article-comments

Perhaps consider how these ideas could be applied to working with people, teaching, teaching writing, and writing.

6:30-7:30

Work in writing groups.

Remember for this meeting, everyone is bringing a piece of writing and an author’s note. Author’s note in “bless, address, press” style.

We will organize into writing groups as quickly as possible and get to work.

7:30-7:50

Meditation

7:50-8:00

Reflection/wrap up

Notes:

In attendance: Jen Statsny, Christine Adair, Amy Rector, Lynnze Martinsen, Diana Weis, Dan Boster


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, Jen Statsny, 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