Day of Mindfulness and Deep Relaxation
You are invited to join us for a FREE Day of Mindfulness in Red Hook, Brooklyn, THIS SUNDAY, January 13th, from 11am to 4pm. Please feel free to invite others and especially send this to anyone in Red Hook or other areas that are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.
Mindfulness is a deeply rejuvenating and healing practice. The Day of Mindfulness will an opportunity to stop, breathe, regroup, and take good care of ourselves, in an environment that supports feelings of peacefulness and ease. We will practice breathing exercises, quiet eating together, mindful walking, and the most lovely exercise of all, total relaxation.
You do not need to have any prior experience to attend, and you will be guided through every step, so that you can really relax into the present moment.
For many of us, there have been really difficult things in our recent past, and we are anticipating painful things in our futures. Our minds tend to spend a lot of time worrying about the past and the future, and it can be exhausting and overwhelming. It sometimes seems there’s no end to the amount of bad things that can happen.
If we can stop for just a few breaths and rest our awareness in this moment, we can feel all our anxiety drop away for a little while, and it can bring us a deep sense of peace, which we can carry with us into our day.
At the bottom of this page are some comments from people who have come to previous days of mindfulness, so you can get an idea of how it was for others. Please feel free to call me with any questions, and if you are curious, you can just show up and try it out.
Sunday, January 13, from 11am to 4pm
Please arrive between 10.45 and 10.55, so you have time to settle in, and we can start on time. You are also welcome to come for part of the day, but I recommend you try to come for the whole thing, because people usually wish that they had.
We are profoundly lucky that Martha Bowers, Executive Director of the nonprofit Dance Theatre Etcetera, has generously offered us their space for the day. It’s a beautiful space on the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn, very peaceful, with the opportunity to do walking meditation along the water.
Dance Theatre Etcetera
480 Van Brunt Street, Ste 203
Brooklyn, NY 11231
The office is located above Fairway Market.
Entry to DTE is on the east end of the building, on Van Brunt Street
Ring buzzer #3
If you aren’t familiar with Red Hook, I strongly suggest you look into travel directions nice and early. There are quite a few ways to get there. The easiest way is to drive, and parking should be fine. You can take the F train to Carrol Gardens or Smith & 9th then catch a bus or a cab. Another route is to take the Ikea Water Taxi and then walk. There are many others, and biking from the subway is also an option if you can brave the cold! I encourage you to leave plenty of time for travel on both ends.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
There is no charge for the day. If you would like, you are invited to offer a donation of $5 to $30 to cover costs associated with offering the day, and to support Dance Theatre Etcetera in gratitude for their giving us their space for the day.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Wear comfortable loose clothes, and bring a lunch and a drink of some kind. There will be couple of kettles to make tea, and if it’s convenient, you can bring a mug to cut down on trash. There is a small fridge in case your lunch needs refrigeration. It’s also a nice option to bring a little something to share with others if you wish — some dried fruit or cookies or something — just a few things, because there is usually a lot! Please note, due to Hurricane Sandy, there are currently very few food options in Red Hood, so plan to bring any refreshments you may want.
You are also welcome to bring a cushion for sitting or a yoga mat. I will bring several floor seats, meditation cushions and yoga mats. If you can bring extra for someone else, that would be very kind. There are also chairs.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Just know that this day is for you, for your happiness, and for your well being. In truth, if you don’t bring anything else, but just bring yourself and your willingness to be kind to yourself, that will be enough.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to write or call me. I look forward to meeting you,
Responses from participants of previous Days of Mindfulness
I had SUCH a wonderful time on Sunday. It was one of those really special days that I’m sure I’ll remember for years to come. I came into the day feeling tired and wanting to be in bed, but I actually exited it feeling refreshed and very present. I’ve been able to carry that presence into the next few days, too. I feel like the day of mindfulness helped to cement some of the concepts we’ve been learning in class. Practicing the mindful eating and walking with the group helped me to understand those activities more fully, and I’m confident that I can now do them all by myself (where as before I was still a little unsure of whether I was doing them “right”). After Sunday, I’m really wishing I could have a day of mindfulness once a month!
The Day of Mindfulness we had together was extremely nourishing. Practicing with you and the group is also wonderful because we can support our practice and the entire realm of emotions in a safe and caring atmosphere. Mary, your joy and care as our facilitator is very beneficial and I truly appreciate your knowledge and guidance. There is a lot of delight available in every moment. We celebrated that together!
I really enjoyed the day of mindfulness. As i said that day, it was cool to realize that even though i felt like i “took a vacation from my life” when we were all together, the truth is THAT WAS MY LIFE, and i can be there anytime i want, appreciating and noticing what is in front of me. It was very nourishing for the soul to come back to the body. I’m very grateful for the opportunity.