Lotuses, Food, and Mindful Friends

Lotuses, Food, and Mindful Friends

Sun, August 2

Sun, August 2, 9:00 am12:00 pm

Sun, August 2, 9:00 am – Sun, August 2, 12:00 pm

You are invited to join the Still Water community on Sunday Morning, August 2, 2015, for a visit to the National Park Service’s Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens. Friends and family are most welcome. Lotuses and water lilies from around the world will be in bloom. This year, Br. Michael from Magnolia Grove Monastery will be joining us. (He will also be offering a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday, August 1.)

We’ll walk, look, breathe, eat, and chat together.  Please bring a vegetarian picnic brunch item to share.

Our tentative schedule is:

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 Lotus and water lilly contemplation
10:30 Pot-luck vegetarian brunch
12:00 (or so) Goodbyes

Visit the National Park Service’s web site to learn more about the history of the garden and to view a map showing the location of the gardens.

We will be gathering at the picnic tables a bit beyond the visitors' center.

If you can come, please let us know what you will be bringing, who will be with you, and the ages of anyone under 18. 

If you have questions, please please contact our registrar, Gene Klinger: gklinger@verizon.net or (240) 731-3732.

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,

3225 8th Street NE

Washington, DC 20019


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