What is Mindfulness?

Who are we?

We’re a mindfulness practice and support group in Westmoreland County, PA. We’re regular people from all walks of life who get together to practice mindfulness and talk about how we can apply it in our daily lives. If you practice mindfulness–or you’d like to give it a try–join us at our next meeting.

What is a session like?

Sessions are about an hour long. We start with a short mindfulness exercise and then have brief introductions for new members. The facilitator will then introduce a technique for the week, followed by a long period of practice. We finish each meeting with a short session of metta (lovingkindness) meditation to help train ourselves in compassion.

Where and when do we meet?

Every Tuesday evening from 7:00pm – 8:00pm. See the Meetup group for location and more details.

How much does it cost?

Sessions are pay-what-you-wish. Payment is not required, but appreciated, as it helps us pay rental for our practice spaces.

Is this religious?

Although mindfulness practices have their roots in Buddhism and Hinduism, our approach to mindfulness is secular. People of all faiths–or no faith–are welcome and respected.

What if I’ve never tried this kind of thing before?

No problem! Almost everyone in the group is a beginner. We spend plenty of time on instruction and questions.

Where did your name come from?

We’re named after the local creek, the Loyalhanna. Loyalhanna is derived from the Delaware phrase for “middle stream.” It fits nicely. Mindfulness shows us how our lives unfold in a moment-by-moment “stream.” And “middle” is a good word for equanimity or balance–one of the primary goals of mindfulness.