Our 7-week course of 25-minute meditation sessions is available at 2 venues. The fee is £18, or just pay what you can. Use the contact form above to book your place or contact Matthew on firstname.lastname@example.org or +447956161196
Meditation is a life-changing skill, proven to have many benefits, including:
Guided group classes are a great way to start or maintain a meditation practice. Being a part of a group can make the effects of meditation more powerful and significantly improve your motivation.
Each session starts with a yogic method to help you still the body and quieten your thoughts. Next, you will be guided through a concentration based technique for focusing the mind, which you will then continue to practice without guidance. As you get used to the techniques, new ones will be introduced. Towards the end of the session, you will be given a choice to carry on as you are or to gradually let go of the concentration method, to ease into a peaceful "non-doing" meditative state.
No previous experience is necessary, please check out the FAQ's at the bottom of this page for more information or get in touch with any questions.
TIMES AND LOCATIONS
TUESDAYS starting 27th August
Blackfriars Priory, Ladybellegate Street, GL1 2HA
17:25 to 17:50
WEDNESDAYS starting 28th August
The Village Hall, Church Lane, GL54 5TX
17:40 to 18:05
What is meditation?
Meditation is surrender. It is not thinking. It is the vehicle that connects us both with our true Self and with that which is beyond ourself. It's hard to explain in words and best experienced through practice
Where did meditation come from?
At its roots, mediation can be traced back to ancient times. Researchers speculate that even primitive societies may have discovered altered states of consciousness and meditative states while staring into the flames of their campfires. Meditation techniques can be found in Indian scriptures dated at five thousand years old. Over thousands of years, meditation evolved into different structured practices and styles, spreading across Asia, its continent of origin. It was only in the 1960s and 70s that meditation became a popular in the West. From that point, many variations have spread across the globe.
How is meditation different from relaxation, thinking, concentration or self-hypnosis?
Meditation is different from all these techniques because it not only relaxes us, not only enriches us with peace, joy and optimism, but it actually transforms a human being, gradually and deeply, into a beautiful and happy individual. This happens without great effort, thought or concentration.
Do I have to sit cross-legged?
Only if you want to, sitting on a chair is equally fine. The most important thing is to be comfortable in the way that you are sitting, otherwise one can get easily distracted and not be able to go into a meditative state. For some techniques it's best that your spine is straight but other than you can sit how you like.
DO I HAVE TO Bring Anything?
IS meditation safe for EVERYONE?
Meditation is exceptionally safe, especially in short periods like this course. Prolonged meditation might not be appropriate for people with psychotic disorders, major depression, or severe personality disorders. If you have suffered any of these issues, now or in the past just mention it to us in advance of the course so we can make sure it's right for you.
What should I wear?
Whatever you like, there is no outfit for meditating, simply come as you are. Work clothes and uniforms, etc are all OK. Some people who are sticking around to do yoga afterwards might be in active-wear and if you want to sit crossed legged, you will want loose fitting clothing on your legs.