Morning Meditation in the Clouds [September 2018]

[Note: I’m going to give this a go for 30 days in September, will decide in what form  I want to continue after that.]

In order to support regular daily practice in the midst of our busy lives, I host a virtual meditation (via video conference) every morning from 6:00 AM to 6:30 AM Central European Time.

To join, visit the following link:
https://zoom.us/j/850268655

To add the recurring event to your calendar:

The Technical Part

This virtual meditation is accessible via Zoom, which can be downloaded onto a computer, tablet or smart phone. Zoom will then ask to be installed. Installation should be simple enough.

Navigating the app may be a bit harder but should not be daunting. Here are some pointers.

  • If you use video, please angle your camera/phone or tablet so that it faces either some part of your body or something suitable (a Buddha figure, a symbol, a candle, …). There is no need to have the camera pointed toward your face.
  • Everyone except me will automatically be muted upon entering.  Please leave yourself muted.
  • There are two options for viewing. Either focusing on the speaker or grid mode. Given that no one will be speaking, it is best to set your interface for grid mode. This is handled differently on different devices. For instance, on a computer or tablet, tapping on the window will offer a grid button. On a phone, swiping to the right should bring up options.
  • It may be wise to play around with the app prior to the actual sit to familiarize yourself with the settings — although some options  may not be available without others also online.
Portland Zen Buddhism

The Sitting

The meditation starts at 6:00 AM Central European Time (CET/CEST) with a bell sound. We will then sit in silence for 25 minutes. (If you want more guidance, I recommend checking out the Insight Timer meditation app – search e.g. for “Mindfulness Northwest”. Since you are muted, you can have it running while we sit.)

A bell will ring when the time is up. After that, there will be 5 minutes of loving kindness (Metta) meditation. I will say the following:

May I be happy.
May I be healthy.
May I be safe.
May I live with ease.

May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May you be safe.
May you live with ease.

May all be happy.
May all be healthy.
May all be safe.
May all live with ease.

Happy
Healthy
Safe
Ease

Metta mediation will end with a final bell.

At the end of the session, I will bow three times (Buddhist prostrations acknowledging Buddha, Dharma and Sangha – or alternatively, acknowledging e.g. Virtue, Peace and Compassion).

Because your microphone will be muted, feel free to come in at any time and leave at any time. What is most important is that everyone is supported in increasing their practice to some extent before beginning their day.

For more information, have a look at the Zoom FAQ. Or contact me.

I’m looking forward to sharing meditations with you!