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Monthly Archives: September 2011

How MedMob Sydney Works….

A regular repost is in order for all the non-facebookers out there….Ill be overseas for the next 5 Weeks and MedMob Sydney updates will be irregular… Hope to see you on November 11th.

Flash-Mob Meditation on Tarpeian Lawn, Royal Botanical Gardens with stunning Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Foreshore views, coordinated with over 100 cities across the world!!!

Join us on the 11th November for Sydney’s first ‘Silent Spectacle’ – MedMobs Sydney’s Official Inauguration.

ARRIVAL: We’ll start arriving around 10:30am to connect with others before the meditation begins. At 10:55am we will spread throughout the sitting area outside, being conscious to keep public pathways open. Bring a mat or cushion to sit on.

Silence will begin at 11am sharp in accordance with Remembrance Day tradition.

Then the 1 hour seated silent meditation begins! You can come for all of it, part of it, or kick back and bask in the peace. You’re presence is valued far more than your ability to sit the entire time!

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, EVERYONE WELCOME!!!

COME AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE!

We have no religious agenda and we welcome all beings, from all walks of life to join us for the mutual goal of peace, harmony and commonality. The more, the merrier!!!

BIKE, take bus, train, or Carpool to the event! The nearest station is Circular Quay and the Tarpeian Lawn is only a short walk away. If you need to catch a bus, please visit the Sydney Buses Website.

Map and directions will be posted on the event page, the MedMobSydney Facebook as well at the WordPress Blog.

http://www.sydneybuses.inf​o/

You can participate in all or part of the following.

MEDITATION: 11am – 12pm we will be sitting in silent meditation. Make sure not to block any public pathways, otherwise, sit anywhere you like… spread out all over the place and lets create a profound experience. Show up early and connect or you can show up anytime between 11am and 12pm and start sitting.

FAMILIES and NON-MEDITATORS: If you have children, please come and sit or play nearby, while holding a deep intention with us. Your beautiful, loving energy will deepen the experience for everyone!

SOUND BATH: At 12pm we will begin the sound bath. We will all gather in one spot at the centre of our group to do an 11 minute sound bath. We will ommmm and expand it into the world. When you hear the sound bath begin just start to congregate in the center. After the sound bath, the MedMob is officially over and the rest of our day begins!

MedMob’s Goal:

1. To expose the World to meditation through public display of meditation.

2. To create an environment for people from all walks of life to come together in meditation.

3. To come together as a Global Community to send positive intentions out into the world.

Visit www.MedMob.org for more details on setting up an event in your city.

We’re riding the wave at the forefront of Evolution!

http://www.facebook.com/medmobsydney

http://www.medmobsydney.wordpress.com

http://www.twitter.com/medmobsydney

and you can RSVP via facebook here…(feel free to invite friends)

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=219082058137084

Peace, Love & Metta, MedMob Team, Sydney

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Interfaith International Day of Peace Service in Sydney

For those in Sydney, September 21st will host an International Day of Peace, Interfaith service in Lindfield. You can find out more here

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.

In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal. During the discussion of the U.N. Resolution that established the International Day of Peace, it was suggested that:

“Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace.”

Since its inception, Peace Day has marked our personal and planetary progress toward peace. It has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world, and each year events are organized to commemorate and celebrate this day. Events range in scale from private gatherings to public concerts and forums where hundreds of thousands of people participate.

Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense.

International Day of Peace is also a Day of Ceasefire – personal or political. Take this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time. Imagine what a whole Day of Ceasefire would mean to humankind.

http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Gratitude: Where Healing the Earth Begins

Gratitude for this beautiful, self-organizing universe where we live, says Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self, is the foundation of environmental responsibility.

We have received an inestimable gift. To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe—to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it—is a wonder beyond words. It is an extraordinary privilege to be accorded a human life, with self-reflexive consciousness that brings awareness of our own actions and the ability to make choices. It lets us choose to take part in the healing of our world.

Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art. Yet we so easily take this gift for granted. That is why so many spiritual traditions begin with thanksgiving, to remind us that for all our woes and worries, our existence itself is an unearned benefaction, which we could never of ourselves create.

Before any period of meditative practice, we should pause and reflect on the preciousness of a human life. This is not because we as humans are superior to other beings, but because we can “change the karma.” In other words, graced with self-reflexive consciousness, we are endowed with the capacity for choice—to take stock of what we are doing and change directions. We may have endured for eons of lifetimes as other life-forms, under the heavy hand of fate and the blind play of instinct, but now at last we are granted the ability to consider and judge and make decisions. Weaving our ever more complex neural circuits into the miracle of self-awareness, life yearned through us for the ability to know and act and speak on behalf of the larger whole. Now the time has come when by our own choice we can consciously enter the dance.

This first reflection can be followed by a second, on the brevity of this precious human life: “Death is certain; the time of death is uncertain.” That reflection awakens in us the precious gift of the present moment—to seize this chance to be alive right now on Planet Earth.

Read the full story here at http://www.mindful.org

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Debunking the Myths – ‘Meditation is Selfish’

Excerpt from ‘Mindfulness in Plain English’ by Bhante Gunaratana

It certainly looks that way. There sits the meditator parked on his little cushion. Is he out giving blood? No. Is he busy working with disaster victims? No. But let us examine his motivation. Why is he doing this? His intention is to purge his own mind of anger, prejudice and ill-will. He is actively engaged in the process of getting rid of greed, tension and insensitivity. Those are the very items which obstruct his compassion for others. Until they are gone, any good works that he does are likely to be just an extension of his own ego and of no real help in the long run. Harm in the name of help is one of the oldest games. The grand inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition spouts the loftiest of motives. The Salem witchcraft trials were conducted for the public good. Examine the personal lives of advanced meditators and you will often find them engaged in humanitarian service. You will seldom find them as crusading missionaries who are willing to sacrifice certain individuals for the sake of some pious idea. The fact is we are more selfish than we know. The ego has a way of turning the loftiest activities into trash if it is allowed free range. Through meditation we become aware of ourselves exactly as we are, by waking up to the numerous subtle ways that we manifest our own selfishness. Then we truly begin to be genuinely selfless. Cleansing yourself of selfishness is not a selfish activity

Read the full chapter on ‘What Meditation Isn’t’ here at…

http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/mindfulness_in_plain_english_4.php

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Why Meditate?….

Here’s a great clip by Gary Gorrow, one of the founders of The Conscious Club outlining the benefits of meditation with the added sass of quirky animations….Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

MedMob Sydney Dress Rehearsal…

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

We’re on the CityofSydney Event Pages

We’re listing ourselves everywhere… With press releases, flyers and web-event listings, we hope to make MedMob Sydney quite a spectacle. You can view our listing on the City of Sydney website here

http://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/11474-sydney-meditation-flash-mob-extravaganza-11-11-11

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in Uncategorized