Meditation Class Content – An Overview

Meditation class

One of the key factors in learning to meditate is the realisation that there is no one 'correct way' or 'special technique' that works for everyone. Each of us has varying needs and personalities as we are all at different points in our evolution. It is these factors that dictate how we interact in the world and therefore we each need to discover a way of meditating that suits our individual nature. Taking this beautiful expression of diversity into consideration, our classes endeavour to offer a broad range of simple yet effective meditation techniques in order for participants to try different approaches to their meditation practice and experience. These techniques include:

  • Posture and physical relaxation.
  • Simple breathing techniques to calm and relax the body and mind.
  • Concentration techniques to bring focus to the mind.
  • The role of creative visualisation.
  • The use of mantra, sound and music.
  • Discovering the spiritual heart.
  • The relationship between inner and outer peace.
  • Consciousness: developing a lifestyle that supports meditation practice.
  • Finding your spiritual path.

Ultimately though, meditation is more than mere technique, which can only take us so far. With time and regular practice our meditation becomes the spontaneous experience of a deeper tranquility and awareness that exists within each of us. This is an ever-growing and ever-unfolding reality, like the blossoming of a flower, that keeps our meditation experience fresh, joyful and free of stagnation.

The moment I say and feel
That I am an eternal beginner,
I become the possessor
Of boundless joy.

    – Sri Chinmoy. (source)

During our meditation courses we encourage participants to begin the daily practice of meditating at home – even if it is just for five minutes in the beginning. This helps to develop the habit of meditating regularly which will increase the likelihood that it will continue after our classes end. Group meditation can be quite a powerful experience but individual meditation each day is equally if not more important in the long run. In our first few classes we offer handouts to support the topics that are covered and we are more than happy to answer any questions that people may have about meditation, their personal practice, and related topics.

Books And CDs: Aids To Progressive Meditation Practice

Meditation: Man-Perfection in God-Satisfaction – by Sri Chinmoy

We also offer a small selection of Sri Chinmoy's books and CDs that are available for sale at affordable prices. Particularly helpful in the context of learning meditation is Sri Chinmoy's timeless classic, Meditation: Man-Perfection in God-Satisfaction. We also offer guided meditation CDs that have been produced by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre and these can be very helpful - especially for those who are just beginning their meditation journey.

"Why Are Your Meditation Classes Free?"

Our meditation classes are free at the request of our meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy who travelled the world for over four decades offering lectures, art exhibitions, concerts and meeting with people from all walks of life – and he never charged a fee for anything. In the same spirit of self-offering, we do not charge for our meditation classes or concerts. Another factor is that meditation is a catalyst that brings forward many good qualities that are innate in every human being. The inner peace that meditation fosters is really a birthright, so why should anyone have to pay for something that they already possess? And after all, if something is worth having, it is worth sharing as well.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

    – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (Jesuit priest).

"Do I Need To Bring Anything?"

We are often asked if there is anything that participants need to bring to our classes and the simple answer is, no – just come as you are. An open mind and a willingness to try something new is always helpful of course.

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