Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 26-07-2021

Clock on the wall of Image – Nalagiri House - Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland - July 2021
Clock on the wall of Image – Nalagiri House - Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland - July 2021

Time Is
Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,
Too Short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is not.

~ Henry Van Dyke [source: Music and Other Poems (1904)]

MONDAY, July 26, 2021

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from…

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…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Beth, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm (UK/Ireland) and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Time at Nalagiri House’ – Carrigahorig, County Tipperary, Ireland – July 2021

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 25-07-2021

Prayer flag with handwritten message: ‘May I Love Myself Just As I Am Right Here, Right Now’
Prayer flag with handwritten message: ‘May I Love Myself Just As I Am Right Here, Right Now’

Our stresses, anxieties, pains and problems arise because we do not see the world, others or even ourselves as worthy of love.

~ Prem Prakash [source: Manage Your Stress: A Practical Approach]

SUNDAY, July 25, 2021

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

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Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Jacob, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

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Image – ‘May I Love Myself Just As I Am Right Here, Right Now’ – Being Human – A Hungry Ghost Retreat at the Margaret Austin Center, Texas. USA – June 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 22-07-2021

Image – ‘Cellular Jail’ - Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, india
Image – ‘Cellular Jail’ - Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

Trauma is a fact of life.
It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.

~ Peter Levine [source: Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma (North Atlantic Books, 1997)]

THURSDAY, July 22, 2021

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

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Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Noel, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

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Image – ‘Cellular Jail’ – Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India – October 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 19-07-2021

Image of Cowboy Clothing Store
Image of Cowboy Clothing Store

Don’t be a slave to style. Don’t take more from the world than you’re willing to give back. And learn to undo the perceptions-so heavily promoted by the media-that shopping is a form of therapy and that a purchase is nothing but a victory or a gain.

~ Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu (Ajahn Geoff) [source: Skillful Shelter: Creating the conditions for true happiness]

MONDAY, July 19, 2021

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…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Don, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm (UK/Ireland) and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Slave to Style’International Flea Market, Houston, Texas, USA – June 2018 

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 18-07-2021

Hand painted sign at Kopan Monastery listing the Five Universal Precepts.
Hand painted sign at Kopan Monastery listing the Five Universal Precepts.

When you keep your precepts, your mind is clean; when it’s clean, it’s at ease; and when it’s at ease, it’s at peace; and when it’s at peace, wisdom arises.

~ Ajahn Chah [source: Stillness Flowing (page 760)]

SUNDAY, July 18, 2021

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Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Patrick, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

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Image – ‘Precepts at Kopan Monastery’ – Kathmandu, Nepal – June 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 15-07-2021

Image of Buddha calming a prostrated elephant
Image of Buddha calming a prostrated elephant

Let go of your mind and then be mindful…
Close your ears and listen!

~ Rumi  [source: Love’s Ripening: Rumi on the Heart’s Journey]

THURSDAY, July 15, 2021

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

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Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Jacob, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

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Image – “Close your ears and listen!” – Huay Xai, Laos – August 2017

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 12-07-2021

Whiskey Bottle Balanced on sculpture of Skull

People are already intoxicated enough with families, relatives and friends, material possessions, wealth, and all the rest of it. That’s quite enough already without making things worse by taking intoxicants as well. These things just create darkness in the mind.

~ Ajahn Chah [source: digital edition of ‘The Teachings of Ajahn Chah‘]

MONDAY, July 12, 2021

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…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Filly, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm (UK/Ireland) and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.


Image – ‘These things just create darkness in the mind’ – The White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand – April 2018

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 11-07-2021

“Never underestimate the difference YOU can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. This week reach to someone that might need a lift.”

~ Pablo

SUNDAY, July 11, 2021

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Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Jacob, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’.


Image – ‘Do You Need Help?’ – Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland – January 2019

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 08-07-2021

Open doorway revealing bare lightbulb hanging from the ceiling (Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet)

Therefore I shall never let mindfulness depart
From the doorway of my mind.
If it goes, I should recall the misery of the lower realms
And firmly re-establish it there.

~ Shantideva [source: A guide to the Bodhisattva’s way of life]

THURSDAY, July 08, 2021

No registration required. The meeting link is –

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from:

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Ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Patrick, who will be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.

Please read ‘How to attend a Virtual Sit-and-Share meeting’.


Image – ‘Doorway of my Mind’ – Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet – November 2008

Virtual Sit-and-Share Topic 05-07-2021

Molten Lava Rock (man-made at Wat Thamkrabok in Thailand)

Imagine holding on to a hot burning coal. You would not fear letting go of it. In fact, once you noticed that you were holding on, you would probably drop it quickly. But we often do not recognize how we hold on to suffering. It seems to hold on to us. This is our practice: becoming aware of how suffering arises in our mind and of how we become identified with it, and learning to let it go. We learn through simple and direct observation, seeing the process over and over again until we understand. 

~ Joseph Goldstein [source: Insight Meditation: A Psychology of Freedom]

MONDAY, July 05, 2021

No registration required. The meeting link is –

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The topic is for contemplation, reflection and sharing at the online virtual ‘Sit-and-Share’ meditation meeting via Zoom from…

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…ready for a prompt start at the top of the hour. This meeting’s topic was chosen by Don, who will also be our ‘Sit-and-Share’ host.

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is scheduled to start at 8 pm (UK/Ireland) and close at or before 9:15 pm but the Zoom meeting room will be open 30-minutes before and 15-minutes after for conversation, connection and fellowship.

All welcome.


Image – ‘Making Lava Rock’ Wat Thamkrabok, Saraburi, Thailand