Meditation Circle has resumed in-person sittings at 6 pm Thursdays at the UUC


PLEASE NOTE—MASK UP!: The Unitarian Universalist Congregation requires the wearing of masks in its building, so please wear one or use ones we will have on hand as TheMeditationCircle.com resumes in-person weekly sittings starting Thursday, April 14, 2022.


The Meditation Circle based in Charleston, WV, will once again hold live, in-person, weekly meditation sessions at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., in Charleston,  beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2022.  This is a change from our previous Tuesday meeting day.

The format of the hour-long session is also changing slightly. There will be one round of silent meditation, lasting approximately 25 minutes, followed by a short period of walking meditation. The remainder of the hour will be spent in group discussion, questions, conversation, and a sharing of experiences related to the practice. It is hoped that this will provide an opportunity for members to reconnect with one another after the two-year absence of in-person sittings as a result of the pandemic.


HERE ARE SOME MEDITATION RESOURCES for both beginners and those wishing to deepen their practice


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This Floating Life

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Go back to the breath

“Think about the people who’ve devoted their lives to the practice of the Dhamma and were able to reap the fruit of that practice. As you look at what you’re doing in the course of the day, you may find that there are obstacles to fully devoting yourself to the practice. But at least what time you can manage, is time well-spent.

“Try to keep your mind, keep your thoughts coming back, back, back to these values, to these practices. Whenever you’re free, go back to the breath. Try to develop mindfulness, alertness, ardency in your practice. Even if you can’t do it full-time, do it whenever you find room to squeeze in the practice. And hopefully the practice will begin to squeeze some of those other obstacles out of the way.”

~ Thanissaro Bhikkhu
from “Try This at Home”

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The River of Time

Coming to grips with the fundamental nature of daily existence as being impermanent is a fundamental teaching in Buddhist mindfulness and meditation practice. This is not meant to be a depressing insight, but a freeing one. Once we truly begin to wrap our heads around the very insubstantial, impermanent nature of all those things we hope will ensure our lasting happiness—youth, wealth, constant, unrelenting pleasure-seeking and on and on and on—we begin to glimpse a path of equilibrium and freedom from the constant pursuit of ultimately passing phenomena. As a writer, purveyor, and publisher of creative works, I am constantly wrestling with my ego’s desire to see such work as of lasting significance, a hedge against my own mortality. Yet such works, too, will soon pass on by and melt away, swallowed by the river of time. Here’s a video-poem about exactly that.

~ Douglas John Imbrogno, co-facilitator, TheMeditationCircle.com

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Watch

Take care not to let mechanical
Intelligence burden your mind;
Watch what is not temporal
And remain unmoved by things.

~ Lao tzu
(quote courtesy DailyZen.com)

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‘Develop a lot of mindfulness—that’s the point.’

Avalokitesvara at center of meditation labyrinth. | Hardy County WV property | Autumn2021, WestVirginiaVille.com photo

“My advice is to not let yourself get wrapped up in doubts and questions. Let them go and directly contemplate whatever you are experiencing. Don’t make a big deal out of any physical pleasure or pain you experience. When you sit in meditation and start to feel tired or uncomfortable, adjust your position. Endure as much as you can, and then move. Don’t overdo it. Develop a lot of mindfulness—that’s the point. Do your walking and sitting meditation as much as you can; the aim is to be developing mindfulness as much as you can, knowing things fully. That’s enough.”

~ Ajahn Chah, excerpt from “Everything Is Teaching Us”

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Seek

Photo by Simon Berger on Unsplash

You are a seeker.
Delight in the mastery
Of your hands and your feet,
Of your words and your thoughts.
Delight in meditation and in solitude.
Compose yourself, be happy.
You are a seeker.

~ The Buddha in “The Dhammapada”

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Observing Vs. Fighting

“To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem. To meditate means to observe.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


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Guard well your thoughts

From Instagram.com/AllAboutDharma

The Dhammapada is an exquisite collection of short, pithy teachings by the Buddha. Read the whole collection here.

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Thought(s) for the Day

~ More on Thich Nhat Hanh here

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Monkey Mind and Tea Service

These two graphics may speak to some of us. Come sit on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. , and get to know the coming and going of thoughts without serving them herbal tea. DETAILS HERE

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Four Dictates

Photo by Kendall Lane on Unsplash

“I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, let it go.”

~ Chan Master Sheng Yen

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Time Is Life


“Many people cannot allow themselves the time to sit and do nothing but breathe. They consider it uneconomical or a luxury. People say ‘time is money.’ But time is much more than money.

Time is life.

The simple practice of sitting quietly on a regular basis can be profoundly healing. Stopping and sitting is a good way to focus on mindful breathing and nothing else.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Spring Awakening


Few people see the acacia blossoms fall,
Night is quiet, the spring mountain empty.
The sudden moon alarms mountain birds.
Long moment of song in the spring ravine.

~ Wang Wei (699-759)

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The Art of Joy Riding

Drive safely.

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