Guided Meditation Night

Since we are doing metta meditations this night. I wanted to introduce a western developmental model that may mesh well with the development of metta...to help see how metta can help develop a greater capacity for perspective. Here is a 3 part video on Spiral Dynamics and bipolar disorder. The bipolar disorder is an aside to Spiral Dynamics but nonetheless helps to flesh out the ideas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSvKByYOPdo

If you want to read a bit about it from an interview with one of the founder's research students who also used these ideas in South Africa after apartheid...

 

http://www.enlightennext.org/magazine/spiral/content/spiraldynamics.pdf

 

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Bring your cushion, zafu or bench, etc. Chairs are available if you don’t want to sit on the floor. We start at 7:45pm with a brief discussion (please show up no later than 8:00) then sit for about 40 minutes and end with a brief discussion wrapping up around 9:15pm. If you are new to meditation this would be the night you would want to attend.

Fee: There is no fee to attend but we ask for a minimum donation of a $1 for the use of the facility. The director of Garden of Yoga has graciously opened up the studio for us to use and your donation is given to her.

Location and Directions:

http://www.gardenofyoga.net/directions.html

The studio is located at the corner of Brewster Avenue and LaGrange Road. Suite #17 is in the back of the building, second floor. Please enter from the staircase in the back of the building by the parking lot. Parking is available on the street and behind the building.

 

 

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  • Sofia A.

    Thank you for the links on meditation metta it was very helpful.

    April 12, 2013

    • eric

      You could do 1 a day and cycle thru them to find your favorite few and use one at the start of a sit or when we do the workshops...spend 1 sit doing metta. I repeat a short phrase or 2 for the first few minutes of every sit...generating metta for all living beings...before I focus on the breath.

      April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great resources and suggestions. Thanks!

      April 13, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Thanks for the link! I especially like the 17 translations side by side. Gives a good idea about the variety in interpretations of the suttas.

    April 12, 2013

    • eric

      Here is a interesting translation of the last line from the metta sutta. Instead of the usual more literal way of translating the last line that all 17 do e.g. "one never again will lie in the womb" it is interpreted this way "such a person will never be reborn in the cycles of suffering."

      Simple and poignant...

      rebirth (sans personal metaphysics) = samsara

      http://tinyurl.com/d3...­

      April 13, 2013

  • eric

    Here are a lot of meditations on Metta. http://www.leighb.com/metta.htm The one we did was Garden in your heart.

    April 12, 2013

  • Melissa S. U.

    I will attend soon in the future.

    April 11, 2013

  • George

    I'll be there!

    April 10, 2013

  • Melissa S. U.

    Looking for a stress free night out, and to meet new people in the process!

    April 10, 2013

  • eric

    I added the Spiral Dynamics info I mentioned last night in the meetups details.

    April 5, 2013

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