Lotuses, Food, & Mindful Friends 2023
Sun, July 30
Sun, July 30, 9:00 am–12:00 pm
You are invited to join the Still Water community on Sunday morning, July 30th, 2023, for a visit to the National Park Service’s Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. We will gather, share, contemplate blooming lotuses and water lilies from around the world, eat, and share some more. Friends, family, and dogs on leashes are all most welcome to attend.
Our tentative schedule:
9:00 Gathering and set-up
9:15 Informal tea and introductions
9:45 Brief introduction to walking meditation and mindful flower viewing
9:50 Contemplation of blooming lotuses and water lilies
11:00 Enjoyment of brunch. (You may bring a potluck dish to share or you can just bring your own personal meal if that is more comfortable for you.)”
12:00 noon (or so) Goodbyes
Visit the National Park Service’s website to learn more about the history of the garden and to view a map showing the location of the gardens.
We gather at the picnic tables a bit beyond the Visitors' Center.
If you can come, please register and let us know who will be coming with you.
If you have questions, please contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From A Guide to Walking Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh
Walking meditation is practicing meditation while walking. It can bring you joy and peace while you practice it. Take short steps in complete relaxation; go slowly with a smile on your lips, with your heart open to an experience of peace. You can feel truly at ease with yourself. Your steps can be those of the healthiest, most secure person on earth. All sorrows and worries can drop away while you are walking. To have peace of mind, to attain self-liberation, learn to walk in this way. It is not difficult. You can do it. Anyone can do it who has some degree of mindfulness and a true intention to be happy.
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Ave NE,
Washington, DC 20019