Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. It helps us change the way we relate to ourselves and the world around us. Central to meditation is the practice of mindfulness. When we are mindful, we are aware; we notice what is going on around us and inside us. Mindfulness is something we can practice anywhere. It is bringing awareness to our experience so we can explore and try to understand it better.
Mindfulness of Breath and Body
Mindfulness is about being aware of our experience, any part of our experience. One of the ways we can cultivate mindfulness is to focus on breath - mindfulness of breath. This practice uses the breath as an object of concentration. Once we start to do this we realise how active our mind is. The simple discipline of concentration is to bring us back to the present moment and experience the richness and power of the here and now.
In its essence, Insight Meditation is a simple and direct way to “see things as they are,” free from distortion. Insight meditation is a secular, non-religious practice. In seeing ourselves and the world with greater clarity, we begin to bring understanding to our habitual patterns of being. Through the sustained cultivation of mindfulness and concentration, the mind gradually learns to let go of its conditioning and begins to experience a kind of peace that is independent of changing circumstances.
Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta Bhavana)
The type of meditation is a key part of the Buddhist tradition. It involves having an openness and positivity to ourselves and others.
The Metta Bhavana practice helps us to develop or cultivate loving-kindness. The development of loving-kindness meditation is a particularly good antidote for irritability, ill-will and hatred. It's also good for relieving anxiety and stress.
Developing a Meditation Practice
The best way to learn meditation with us is to do one of one of our four week courses. The aim of the course is to help you set up and maintain a daily meditation practice. You will be taught different techniques to bring awareness to allow to work creatively with your meditation experience and practical advice to help you establish and maintain a daily meditation practice.
- Meditation & Mindfulness
- What is meditation?
- Meditation postures
- Introduction to mindfulness
- The mindfulness of breathing
- Exploring the Metta Bhavana
- Exploring Insight Meditation
- Bringing it all together.
Practical advice to continuing your meditation practice after the course.
Yin Yoga & Meditation
Yin Yoga is a gentle yet powerful yoga practice that works deeply the connective tissue in the body creating stillness and space. It is a wonderful way to develop bodily awareness and prepare the body for sitting meditation. Yin yoga & Meditation is usually offered as a workshop (2 hours or more) to allow you go deeper into the practice.
Check the events page, Facebook events or email us for more information on the next workshop.