IMI’s Monday Mindfulness is still continuing five years later thanks to the support of the facilitators and the team of staff at IMI.
Beginners Class (All levels welcome):
For the 6:15pm to 7:15pm class, all levels are welcome. Guidance will be given to beginners, and for more experienced practitioners it is an opportunity to try new techniques, enjoy sitting together and refresh your practice with an attitude of “beginners mind”.
All teachings are offered voluntarily by the various facilitators and give recipients the opportunity to experience techniques and approaches from different traditions.
There is no cost for this session. Classes are offered by donation, from which all proceeds go to charity. The current charity is VIVA, which helps children in need in over 21 countries.
3 September 2018 - Graeme Bradshaw
10 September 2018 - Catriona Rogers
17 September 2018 - Cristina Rodenbeck
24 September 2018 - No Class
Venue: IMI, 17/F Kailey Tower, 16 Stanley Street, Central
For those who have an established sitting practice, there is also a class that is run by the HKIMS (Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society) from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. This class includes a Dharma talk with meditation and discussion. IMI offers the space free of charge, and so this class is also by donation, from which proceeds are also given to local charities.
IMI Co-owner and Director, Mindfulness Based Psychotherapist (UKCP), Mindfulness Facilitator, Yoga Teacher (US Alliance)
The beginners mindfulness practice will give you more guidance and techniques to help you to develop a simple mindfulness or meditation practice.
Inspired to make mindfulness accessible to the people of Hong Kong, Carole created IMI’s ‘Monday Mindfulness’ in 2012. As well as offering a peaceful space for practice in the heart of Hong Kong central’s business district, her original intention was to offer people a taste of mindfulness, foster a sense of community and offer any benefits from the practice to be given as a donation to local charities.
Carole has almost 20 years experience in the study, practice and teaching of mindfulness from a variety of traditions, most notably Yoga and Buddhism. She is also a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, with the UK Council for Psychotherapy.
She continues to advocate and guide the mindfulness offerings at IMI, firmly believing that a mindfulness practice can be a huge help to support people to achieve optimal wellbeing in body, mind, emotions and spirit.
M.A (Edin), Dip M.S (HKU) M.Ed Counselling (Newcastle), AI Coaching (Fielding, USA)
The program offers both guided and less structured meditations and a brief talk drawn from teachings of the ‘wisdom masters’.
“The goal of meditation is not to avoid the world, but to live in it more consciously and fully in every moment– to feel more connected to yourself , others and the world around you.” --Richard Miller.
Catriona believes that meditation practice enables us to awaken to ourselves and to discover a level of peace that remains unbroken no matter what external circumstances or internal mental torments we face. Her sessions address health, personal growth and spiritual evolution.
Cristina is IMI's Licensed Wellness Practitioner and Executive Coach. She has over 15 years of experience as a Mindfulness Practitioner with certifications in Mindfulness Coaching Mastery, Advanced Mindfulness Coaching, as well as completion of the Potential Project Mindfulness Program. She is a sought-after speaker on Mindfulness and has successfully delivered talks and workshops to individuals and corporations across Hong Kong. Passionate about wellness and supporting individuals on their journey to health and wellbeing, she also hosts monthly Kirtan sessions in various locations around the city.
To achieve presence and cultivate a sense of ‘being in the moment’ requires the practice of Mindfulness. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. It’s ultimately what resonates with you.
After many years of exploring Mindfulness and sound healing on her personal journey, Cristina brings a unique blend of Kirtan – powerful yet gentle mantras – techniques and guidance to her Monday practice.
Through this simple yet highly impactful approach, Cristina shares how sound vibrations created by chanting in unison results in greater consciousness of the breath and a deep sense of peace from within. No previous experience is required, only the will.
What is Metta (Lovingkindness) Meditation?
Metta is a Pali word that means goodwill, lovingkindness, friendliness. It was taught by the Buddha as one of the four divine ways of abiding. The other three are karuna (compassion), mudita (appreciative joy), and upekkha (equanimity). Lovingkindness is unconditional love and friendliness towards all beings. It makes no distinction between any living being. The highest aspiration mentioned in the loving-kindness discourse is that one loves all beings just as a mother loves her only child but of course, first, we have to be skilled at developing it toward ourselves.
Why practice it?
If Vipassana meditation is the work of understanding the mind and cultivating wisdom, then Lovingkindness is the work of the heart and cultivating wholesome states of benevolence and non-anger. A mind in a wholesome state cannot be filled with anger, ill will, and impatience.
What are the benefits of practicing metta?
The Buddha spoke about eleven benefits of practicing loving-kindness: 1) one goes to sleep happily, dreams no evil dreams, and one wakes happily 2) One is beloved by humans and by nonhumans 3) One s mind is quickly concentrated 4) One has a shiny complexion 5) The devas protect one 6) Fire, poison, and arrows won't hurt one ¦. you can look up the rest :)
How do I start?
Always start doing metta with yourself first, or, if you find that difficult, start with a beloved one, like a teacher or child. Recite silently in your mind: May I be happy. May I be safe. May I be peaceful. May I be healthy. May I take care of myself happily If it s for a beloved one, substitute I for the person's name. When you feel calm and quiet, it means that you have some degree of love and kindness in your mind toward this person. Then you can choose to another person if you wish.
I can't remember all the lines
You can shorten it to May so-and-so be happy or visualize the person's face and think May you be happy ¦. or happy, happy. You can also reflect on positive wishes for yourself/that person. May you grow in wisdom. or May you recover. etc., or just repeat the first line again and again. So there are no hard and fast rules - the important thing is to cultivate the feeling of goodwill. You can say the same line for one person again and again, different lines for a group of people, jump back and forth between whoever pops into your mind, or just focus on one for the entire session. You can also reflect on the meaning of the phrases.
Help! The lines are mechanical / I don't feel anything
It might help to start with a beloved one, like a teacher or child, someone who has greatly benefitted your life. Reflect on what he/she has done for you and then do metta for that person. Some meditators recall an image of their pets or cuddly things to call on a feeling of goodwill. My teacher, Visu, have said that even if it s mechanical, keep persisting. The very act of reciting these lines is the practice of a wholesome state of mind. If you are wishing someone well, you cannot be thinking any thoughts of ill will or anger.
Do I have to do it in order?
Traditionally, mettais done in this order 1) self 2) loved ones 3) neutral person 4) difficult person 5) all beings. I suggest becoming skilled at radiating metta for 1 and 2 before moving on to 3 4 and 5, i.e. you can call on the feeling of goodwill quite steadily. But it s up to you to experiment.
How do I practice it in daily life?
Hong Kong is a great place to practice metta. It s so overcrowded here that it can be fun to walk around and radiate met to everyone you see. All you need to do is to think the thought - May you be happy! or when someone calls, you can think May the caller be happy or when someone pops into your mind, you can do metta for him/her. There are countless ways to practice in daily life. This can also be an excellent guard against unwholesome thoughts.
May you all be happy!