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Group Meditation at Maymont

New to the art of sitting still? Looking to mix up your meditation routine? Then join us for a group meditation.

Location Notice:

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: The forecast says it should be mostly cloudy, in the 70's in the morning, so we will be at Maymont this week.

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 noon, but it's not unusual that people have to leave before then - feel free to go if you want at any time.

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 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.

Some of us like to do some mindful photography of the park after the regular meetup.  Bring your own camera if you want to try that with others or on your own.  (We love it when you share your photos here too.)

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?
Tara Brach has a perfect introduction here.

Other Meditation Groups and Resources
There are lots of resources for learning and practicing meditation here in Richmond.
This site lists many of them.

 

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  • Kris N.

    Not sure how many of you will see this exactly; but I wanted to thank everyone for such an amazing time today. I feel so happy to have met some of you and I hope as time goes on I'll make some really exceptional friends here in this group.

    2 · June 22, 2014

  • Toni

    Great discussion. Easy to participate. It was nice meeting everyone !

    4 · June 22, 2014

  • Kris N.

    Question; it is currently raining.....are we meeting at Synergy or the park ?

    June 22, 2014

  • Toni

    Okay. Thanks. Is there a cost if it's at the studio ?

    June 21, 2014

    • David J.

      You can donate to the studio or the park but it's not expected or required. Our weekly meditations are free.

      1 · June 22, 2014

  • Toni

    When will the location be announced ? What if it rains ?

    June 21, 2014

    • David J.

      Hi Toni. We'll be at Maymont this week. Usually I pick the location on Saturday night but always by 8:30 on Sunday morning. It depends on what the weather forecast looks like. If you ever not sure, please check the meetup page before you head out on Sunday.

      June 21, 2014

  • Kris N.

    Not sure; I'm guessing the location will be put up by 8:30am tomorrow. If it rains I presume we'll be heading to Synergy Yoga Studio. :) Hope that's helpful ish.

    June 21, 2014

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