We are currently running circles in Mugginton on 1st Monday of the month and Spondon 3rd Monday of the month.
Joining a group to share your meditation experience is a great way to connect with others, as well as experience collectively the wonderful gifts meditation has to offer.
Our circles are limited to 6-8 participants and we welcome all levels from complete beginners to regular experienced meditators.
If you would like to learn more about our meditation circles, please contact us via email.
Whilst researching this question I struggled to find the answer, on reflection and in part, I think the reason for this is it is a very individual process. There are a large number of approaches and methods to apply to meditation. The best general definition I discovered was;
"in reality, meditation is the state of thoughtless awareness, it is not an act of doing, it is a state of being, for example, one can meditate whilst going about their daily routine, whilst you may not be meditating successful when sitting in a lotus position on top of a mountain"
Wow what does that mean? It means that true meditation is much more than sitting quietly and pondering. True meditation is the profound state of deep peace were the mind is calm and silent yet completely alert. This silence allows our true self, our essence to be heard and this can be a very powerful transformational process, along with a very peaceful and empowering one. Meditation is for everyone and can benefit all individuals regardless of any spiritual knowledge or religious beliefs. (www.freemeditation.com Nov 2016).
" I can certainly say that meditation brings me a calm state of mind, happiness and clarity".
Research supports this and shows one study looked at the brain scans of 16 people before and after they participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants’ brains associated with compassion and self awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank. Further studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. In addition, other study even show that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness. So the benefits identified here are
Another important reason to meditation is to encourage you to live in the present moment, living in the now.
A highly recommended approach to everyday life which will serve you well on your life’s journey is to practice being in the Now. One way to do this is to incorporate daily meditation. Meditation is something that can be very helpful to integrate as a daily habit and start practicing being in the NOW. It can be a challenge! You will realize even more, how the mind jumps from past to future constantly. Learn to watch these thoughts as a bystander, observe them, try not to react, judge or cling on to them. Tell yourself:
Those are just thoughts passing by, it is only energy. They are not me, they do not define who ‘I am’.
Meditation and practicing being in the Now will expand your experience of oneness and inner peace This can be achieved in a number of ways in addition to meditation, its fun to find out which one you favour, a few examples might be;. taking a walk in nature, going for a run, taking up yoga or another exercise regime, painting, playing music....
The key to living in the now is to bring all your senses into the experience, do this by focusing on how does It feel, smell, touch, taste, hear and see.
In these moments, thoughts cannot exist. All you can do is feel, feel from your heart centre, what is in that moment, do not think it. Once we surrender the lower mental ego mind, you can embrace the free spirit that you are. You then become the powerful creator that you were born to be.
To a book a place at the Monthly Mediation Circle please fill out the form or email me at:
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