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The Interfaith Mindfulness Day

Updated: Aug 27, 2021

In collaboration with Aberdeen Interfaith, the Centre annually organises the ‘Interfaith Mindfulness day’ at the Varapunya Meditation Centre and has done for a few years. The theme for the reflection for each year will be different, most likely following the annual theme that the Scottish Government announces for that year’s Mental Health Week.

There are often representatives from many different faiths attending including: Brahma Kumaris, Buddhists, Church of Scotland, Hindus, Mormons, Unitarian Church, Quakers, Jews, Muslims, Baha’i.

Normally, the day will start with an introduction to walking meditation through the community woodland at Varapunya, where the centre is, in the midst of a reforestation effort.

People are asked to try to observe what is going through their mind and what is their reaction to it and learn to connect with the mind and nature. The mindful walk is meant to foster a closer connection to nature and ourselves.

After the refreshing walk through the woodland everyone will share stories on the theme as individuals on a personal level and from their respective faiths.

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