The benefits of a regular meditation practice are widely accepted in society nowadays. Scientists tell us that it can calm the mind, elevate brain function, and give clarity and vividness to present experience. It may help people break unhealthy habits, and it can soothe troubled spirits and lift people’s moods. It reduces stress and chronic pain. It makes people happier, less defensive and more engaged with others.
Spiritual leaders tell us that meditation can do so much more. The ultimate aim of meditation, they say, is to transform ourselves in in order to be better able to transform the world, or, to put it another way, to transform ourselves so we can become better human beings in order to serve others in a wiser and more efficient way. It gives our life the highest possible meaning.
And yet …
We want our meditation sessions to be a source of joy and inspiration, something meaningful and nurturing, rather than one more thing on our ‘to do’ list. Meditation with others can be a big help – both in setting up a practice that is right for us, and also in keeping the inspiration flowing, and providing useful hints to make the most of our time on the cushion. Or chair.
If you want to give it a go, if you have a practice that has become a bit stale, or if you want to share your enthusiasm with others, come along and join this course.
Each session will consist of two guided meditations: one aiming to develop a level of clarity and stillness in the mind, as a basis for observing what is going on in there. another meditation will be one from the Buddhist tradition of developing wisdom, love and compassion. We will give clear instructions and advice on how to set up and maintain a meditation practice, and how to avoid some of the more common pitfalls. Then there will be time to discuss our thoughts and experience: about the content of the meditation topic, meditation generally, our own practice – whatever can help us in our daily meditation and life.
It will be more useful if you attend the whole course, as it follows a structure, but we appreciate that people may not be able to attend each session. Come when you can. Read more about meditation here
The sessions will be led by Sandra Whilding and Judy Klinpikuln.