New to the art of sitting still? Looking to mix up your meditation routine? Then join us for a group meditation.
When the weather is warm and dry enough, we meditate outdoors at Maymont Park near the Hampton Street entrance. Otherwise, we meet at Synergy Yoga Studio.
Update: We will be at Synergy Yoga Studio this morning.
If you are new to meditating or have questions, just come a little early at 10:15.
What kind of meditation will we be doing?
When we meet at the park, we usually sit in silence for 30 minutes, then have a short walking meditation. Indoors, sometimes we play guided meditations from a variety of traditions, lasting around 30 minutes, and sometimes we sit in silence.
After the meditation, we open up for discussion, which can be about the meditation we just had, something we've read, experiences during the week, our meditation practices, or anything that comes up. We do try to maintain a certain meditative awareness of ourselves and others during discussion. We usually conclude the discussion around 11:45 or so, but you are free to leave early, or if we are at the park, stay as long as you like if the discussion continues longer.
What if I've never meditated before?
This is a great place to start. Most people in the group are fairly new to meditating, so you'll be in good company.
What should I bring?
When we meet inside: you might want to bring a zafu or a pillow to sit on. There are blankets at the yoga studio that we use as mats. You can also roll up the provided blankets to make a pillow for sitting.
When we meet outside: you may want to bring a pillow and blanket to sit upon so you're more comfortable, or a folding outdoor chair. Also consider bringing sunscreen, insect repellent, a bottle of water.
What type of people will I be meditating with?
Our group is very laid-back and open minded. We recognize that everyone is on their own individual path, so come as you are and you'll be welcomed.
What if I want to meditate for less time?
Come at whatever time you want, but please approach quietly and respect those around you. We'll usually end the meditation around 11:10.
Do I have to sit still for 30 minutes?
No. If you get uncomfortable, shift your position. You can choose to meditate however it works best for you as long as you respect those around you.
How do I start meditating?
Find a comfortable but alert seating position. It can help your alertness and breathing to be upright - a straight back with an open front. If you are in a chair, avoid leaning on the back rest. You may choose to close your eyes or keep them partially open with a soft focus. Notice your breathing. Listen to everything happening around you, like sounds of birds, the wind in the tree, children playing, a passing train. Be present, here and now. If you become distracted, non-judgmentally acknowledge the thought and refocus. Some people use an object like the breath as a focal point.
For more meditation techniques, here are some resources:
How to Meditate
20 Practical Tips for Quieting the Mind
7 Powerful Relaxation Techniques