We practice mindfulness to become more calm, alive, joyful, and to extend greater understanding and compassion.
Are you new to the practice of meditation? Looking for a community to practice mindfulness in St. Louis? All are welcome.
We offer daily online meditations
Saturday 9AM – 10:30AM Full Sangha
Weekday Mornings 7AM – 7:20 AM
Midwest Moon Sangha practices mindfulness in St. Louis Missouri. Our community supports one another through practicing engaged Buddhism in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. “Sangha” is a spiritual community, connected by the practice of mindfulness, walking together on the path of liberation. We can rely on the Sangha and trust it to support our deepest aspirations and give us energy and inspiration on the path of practice.
We welcome the participation of people from all backgrounds, regardless of ethnic origin, race, cultural background, socio-economic class, age, gender and sexual orientation. We are committed to fostering a practice environment where all may experience positive transformation and healing.
Mindfulness Practice in St. Louis
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present, and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car, or take our morning shower.
In our practice centers, we do most of the same things we do at home – walking, sitting, working, eating, etc. – except we learn to do them with mindfulness, with an awareness that we are doing them. We practice mindfulness throughout every moment of the day – not just in the meditation hall but also in the kitchen, the toilet, in our rooms, and on the path leading from one place to another.
In practicing together as a sangha, as a community, our practice of mindfulness becomes more joyful, relaxed, and steady. We are bells of mindfulness for each other, supporting and reminding each other along the path of practice. With the support of the community, we can practice to cultivate peace and joy within and around us, as a gift for all of those whom we love and care for. We can cultivate our solidity and freedom–solid in our deepest aspiration and free from our fears, misunderstandings, and our suffering.
Let us try to be intelligent and skillful in our practice, approaching every aspect of the practice with curiosity. Let us practice with understanding and not just with the form and appearance. Enjoy your practice with a relaxed and gentle attitude, with an open mind and receptive heart.
Here is a collection of practices to help us bring mindfulness into our daily lives at home provided by The Mindfulness Bell.