Policy in case of Inclement Weather
In general, we follow the Fairfax County Public School Closing Information (Please check this link: http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.shtml)
- If school opening is delayed for several hours in the morning, there will be no morning session at the MPCF.
- If the schools are closed for the whole day, there will be no morning and noon sessions at the MPCF.
- If the schools are closed for the whole day, there might be a possibility that we still hold the evening session in case the weather gets better. Please call 703-938-1377 (then press 7) in the afternoon of that day to verify if the evening session will still be held or cancelled. Evening sessions comprise regular Thursday meetings and scheduled evening classes.
We try to update our website as soon as we can. The most updated cancellation will be recorded on our answering machine (703-938-1377 - Press 7).
We notify everybody by email if there is an emergency cancellation or a long closing of the Center.
Mindfulness Meditation & Practices
Mindfulness is our inherent capacity of healing and renewal. It is
the basis for transforming ourselves and creating a more harmonious
family and society. To be mindful is to be aware of what is going on
in our body, in our feelings, in our mind and in the world, as we
avoid doing harm to ourselves and others.
With the help of conscious breathing - breathing and knowing we are
breathing - we are able to touch and be nourished by the peace and
joy that are available within and around us, in the here and now.
With continued practice, we shall touch and understand the roots of
the pain that lie deep within us, such as fear, anger, despair, thus
making transformation and healing possible.
The practice of mindfulness is the practice of love. Mindfulness relieves suffering because it is filled with understanding and compassion. When our mindfulness embraces those we love, they bloom like flowers.
The Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax (MPCF)
MPCF offers sessions of training in and practice of mindfulness in
a non-sectarian way. Sessions are offered in the secluded setting of
the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oakton. It is a quiet,
beautiful and spiritual space.
Meditation at the MPCF
Principal teachers are Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen who have been practicing mindfulness in the tradition of the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for 30 years. They have led mindfulness retreats in the United States since 1988 and in 1992 were among the first students to be ordained as meditation teachers by Thich Nhat Hanh. Anh-Huong is the author of "Opening the Heart of Compassion", a guided meditation CD and co-author with Thich Nhat Hanh of "Walking Meditation", a multimedia manual on mindful walking. She has also translated several of Thich Nhat Hanh's books into English, including "The Sun My Heart" and "The Diamond that Cuts through Illusion".