Mindfulness: A Path To Peace
Horse Workshop Nov 19
Use Mindfulness To Tune In To Your Next, Best Step in Life at this workshop on Sunday, November 19, 12:45 – 5:00 pm at Canterlane Farm in W-S, just 5 min from Hanes Mall towards Clemmons.
Join Cheryl Schirillo Johnson for a Mindfulness Workshop with Jen Clauss and the beautiful horses at Canterlane Farm. Horses teach us how to gracefully tune in to the present moment so that we might better hear and trust our inner guidance and self-leadership. Instead of riding horses, we will be entering into a state of communion and connection as we stand with them and tune in, heart-to-heart. You will also have the opportunity to experience a walking meditation with the horses. Our afternoon will begin with a teaching by Robin White Star about the spiritual energy horses carry, and end with wine and cheese. We will also spend time mindfully journaling about our emerging future so that we might tune in to our next, best step in life.
No experience with horses or meditation is required. For more information visit the registration page here.
1st Mondays at Golden Flower
Mindfulness Lunch Downtown
This event takes place the first Monday of every month from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, at Golden Flower Tai Chi Center (directions below) At this monthly gathering you’ll be served a locally-sourced, homemade lunch while you learn a 3-minute mindfulness-technique to practice during your day. You will also have the opportunity to experience a short, guided, Loving Kindness Meditation (metta). Please arrive at 11:40 am for informal sharing. Our mindfulness practice will begin promptly at noon and end by 1:00 pm. The suggested donation of $15 – $20 helps cover the cost of food and the venue. Advanced payment is requested via Bridges’ PayPal using this link: PayPal.Me/cherylschirillo
All Are Welcome
This monthly mindfulness lunch is open to everyone, lately, it has been drawing a vibrant group of entrepreneurial and/or creative souls who are curious about how meditation can help you cultivate more business, peace, balance and radiant health in your life. Check out this blog post for some interesting research on the benefits of mindfulness.
We meet downtown on Trade St in the warm and magical space inside the Golden Flower Tai Chi Center, right next to Finnigan’s Wake. There is plenty of street parking. The address is: 612 Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 For free monthly updates you are welcome to join this Meetup.
1st Tuesdays at Unity
Mindfulness, Music and Movement
This donation-based event typically takes place on the first Tuesday of every month from 11:45 – 1:00 pm at Unity Church on Stratford Rd. RSVPs via Meetup are encouraged but not required. Unity’s address on GPS is: 108 Hewes St, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Our lunch-time gathering is held in the church sanctuary, although it is not a religious event. We begin with music and gentle movement, and then flow into a guided, Loving Kindness Meditation (metta). At 1:00 pm we adjourn to Unity’s kitchen table for informal sharing, laughter, and lunch. Please bring your own bagged lunch if you’d like to join in for that part of the afternoon.
No Experience Necessary
All are welcome including those new to working with the present moment and experienced meditators. There is no fee for the program but heart-donations are appropriate and appreciated and will be shared with Unity. While this is not a religious gathering we deeply appreciate that Reverend Elizabeth Forrest hosts us each month in Unity’s beautiful, light-filled space.
Directions to Unity
Unity Church is located on Stratford Rd., 1.2 miles west from the intersection of Hanes Mall Blvd. From Stratford Rd., turn onto Hewes St. which runs between the church and a nursery/greenhouse.
Why I Practice Daily
I began my mostly-daily mediation practice 13 years ago when I launched my first start-up. My stress levels were off the chart and I was in critical need of a fix that would allow me to be at the top of my game when I was pitching investors and getting to the finals in business plan competitions throughout the southeast. By incorporating mindfulness into my day, I found I could more fully enjoy the wild ride I was on and be more present and peaceful when interacting with loved-ones and co-workers. Today, I meditate for 10 – 40 minutes in the morning — and create moments of mindfulness throughout each day. I make time for this in my busy schedule because I’ve found it is the best way for me to manage stress — and even more importantly — repeatedly connect with my desire to live an authentic, connected and joyfully-creative life.
Food, Nature and Mindfulness
Eating is one of the most sensual ways to practice mindfulness. When I lead my 1st Mondays Mindfulness Program (at Flywheel in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter) we begin by deeply tuning into what we’ll be enjoying for lunch that day. We notice the variety of colors and shapes laid out on the buffet table. The food artist who crafted our meal tells us about the local farmers who have sustainably-grown the ingredients with love and care. As we eat we pay attention to each bite with gratitude, appreciating the colors, textures and tastes that are providing nourishment for body and soul.
The practice of mindful eating is a sweet way of bringing our full attention into Flywheel’s beautiful light-filled meeting room as we get ready to learn a few easy and powerful mindfulness techniques to practice throughout the day. The one-hour program ends with a short, guided-meditation. By starting with appreciating our food all our senses have been awakened in a pleasurable way. As we finish our time together in meditation it is even easier to enter a state of gratitude and peace.
The best time to have begun your new mindfulness practice is ten years ago. The second best time is today. Join me.