Learn how to meditate and learn about the connection between meditation and happiness through this free class at the Bowery YMCA/University Settlement.
"The term meditation refers to a group of techniques, such as mantra meditation, relaxation response, mindfulness meditation, and Zen Buddhist meditation. Most meditative techniques started in Eastern religious or spiritual traditions. These techniques have been used by many different cultures throughout the world for thousands of years. Today, many people use meditation outside of its traditional religious or cultural settings, for health and well-being.
In meditation, a person learns to focus attention. Some forms of meditation instruct the practitioner to become mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations and to observe them in a nonjudgmental way. This practice is believed to result in a state of greater calmness and physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Practicing meditation can change how a person relates to the flow of emotions and thoughts." - nih.gov
From the class website:
"Please join us in learning to meditate, the antidote to a world gone mad, where time seems to be moving faster every week, and in which we know we can find a bright and beautiful life.
Remember, what you focus on you become, and in meditation we focus on the best of all things—enlightenment.
In each class we will learn several meditation techniques, and have a chance to practice. All classes include periods of meditation practice.
Beginners are welcome at all of the classes. The classes are free.
Class description for March 6:
Happiness: Everybody wants it, and those who have it want more of it. This class will look at modern studies into happiness and their correlation to ancient spiritual teachings about what it is and how to bring more of it into your life. Instructor: Justyn.
Please arrive by 6:45pm so we can get settled and introduce ourselves before the class starts.