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Meditation is simply a method of training our mind to become peaceful. When our mind is peaceful we free ourselves from worries and mental discomfort and we allow true happiness to arise. Many of us lead very busy lives, and finding the space to turn inwards and meditate can be a struggle in itself. But meditation allows us to recover our strength, collect our thoughts and to help see things in perspective.
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Beginning a Meditation:
Beginning a meditation practice can be both exciting and intimidating. If you asked 10 different people what style of meditation they practice, you might get 10 different answers. It’s common to feel overwhelmed and uncertain as to where or how to get started.
Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. But many meditation techniques exist — so how do you learn how to meditate?
It’s extremely difficult for a beginner to sit for an hour and think of nothing or have an “empty mind.” We have created this class to help you through this process. One of the easiest way to begin meditating is by focusing on the breath.
The best way to begin is to familiarize yourself with some of the different types of meditation to see what resonates with you.
Japa or Mantra-Based Meditation:
Loving-Kindness or Metta Meditation:
The most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong meditation; there are many paths that all lead to the same destination, and the beauty of life is that we get to choose our own path.
In our weekly class we will incorporate different types of meditations for your blissful experience.
Benefits of Meditation:
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved blood circulation
- Lower heart rate
- Less perspiration
- Slower respiratory rate
- Less anxiety
- Lower blood cortisol levels
- More feelings of well-being
- Less stress
- Deeper relaxation
Wear comfortable layered clothing and bring a cozy pair of socks, blanket and eye pillow.
Set aside some time each week with us to cultivate your meditation practice in a safe non judgemental environment with like minded people.