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New Year’s Day Tea Meditation

When: Friday, Jan. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Karnan House, 206 Court St., Portsmouth
No admission fee or registration required. Tea, snacks and other materials will be provided. 




Make it mindful
Experience a New Year’s Day tea meditation

12/31/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 Whether you ring in the new year with a glamorous evening out or quiet night at home, don’t miss the chance to prepare for 2016 in a contemplative manner at the New Year’s Day Tea Meditation on Friday, Jan. 1.

Avi Magidoff, facilitator for the annual tea meditation, said the Portsmouth Mindfulness Community’s New Year’s Day meeting is an opportunity to take something as commonplace as eating and drinking and use it to encourage an appreciation of life.
“A tea meditation is … not trying to be overly serious; it’s trying to be joyful,” Magidoff said in a phone interview. “When we eat [usually] we wolf [our food] down. What would it look like if we take time to eat? To really appreciate the fact that I am alive and other life sustains me?”
For those who are new to meditation, the non-denominational event will start with some instruction.
“Then there’ll be a little talk on mindfulness, meditation, spaciousness,” Magidoff said. “I come from a Buddhist tradition, but this is not a Buddhist sermon.”
They’ll have a discussion about creating space in your life for joy, peace and calmness before serving the tea, cookies and fruit. Unlike a Japanese tea ceremony, where each movement is carefully orchestrated, Magidoff said this tea meditation is more relaxed.
“We sit for a moment or two just looking at this cup of tea. Where did [it] come from? We take a moment to really see as opposed to the way we normally eat,” Magidoff said.
Next is a time for sharing, which also differs from other meditations. Magidoff described it as a “milk and cookies” sharing, where people can share a poem, song or anything that “expresses the joy of the heart.” At other times meditation discussion may focus on transforming suffering. 
“This is really meant [to be] lighter and part of the practice,” Magidoff said. 
Those who have never meditated before and others who meditate regularly are welcome on New Year’s Day.
“Maybe someone is coming to expand and maybe someone is coming to have some tea and cookies, and it’s all perfectly great,” Magidoff said.  





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