London's FREE meditations in the park
Weather permitting lets meet 10am at the outside cafe downstairs at Lauderdale house. We can then find a place in the park to settle for the hour to do this beautiful centering meditation......
Active meditations were designed by Osho with us westerners in mind. It can be challenging with our hectic lifestyles, full of stimulus to just sit down and switch off into silence. How many times have you heard people say' I just can't meditate, my mind is too busy, my body cannot be still etc...'
They were designed to use the body and breath first, enabling us to 'empty our vessel ' through physical movement. By doing this we release pent up emotions and tension in the body so that we are more able to reach inner stillness, silence and meditation.
Chakra Breathing meditation:-
First stage: 45 minutes
Stand with your feet shoulder- width apart. Let your body be loose and relaxed. Close your eyes and with mouth open breathe deeply and rapidly into the first chakra. Imagine the inhalation travelling to the pelvic region of the body, where the first chakra is located. Exhale rapidly.
Breathe into the first chakra until you hear a bell, which indicates to start breathing into the second chakra. Each time you hear a bell, move this deep rapid breathing up to the next chakra. As you breathe up from chakra to chakra, your breathing should become more rapid and more gentle, so that you are taking about twice as many breaths in the seventh chakra as you were in the first. You can move, shake, tilt, stretch, or do any slight move-ment that will support the breathing but the feet should remain in one spot.
Allow your feet, knees, hips and other joints to become like springs so that once you set the breathing and body into motion, the movement will become continuous and effortless. Let your awareness remain primarily with the sensations of the chakras, rather than with the breathing or the body movement.
After the seventh chakra, you will hear three bells. Now let your breathing turn and slowly fall back through all seven chakras down to the first chakra. Let the energy flow down by itself to include the entire spectrum of chakra energy from top to bottom, like seven colors blending into one rainbow. You have about two minutes to reach back to the first chakra. It is up to you how long you breathe into each chakra.
After you finish this sequence, stand silently for a few moments before starting the next sequence. This upward and downward breathing sequence is repeated three times.
If you don’t feel the energy of your chakras at first, just breathe into the area where they are located. Remember not to push the breath, rather allow the breath and body movement to be like a bridge carrying you into the sensations and qualities of the energy of each chakra. Becoming sensitive to the different qualities of each chakra comes not through force, but through awareness and patience.
Second stage: 15 minutes
After the third breathing sequence, sit relaxed with closed eyes in silence. As you sit, don’t focus on anything in particular. Remain a witness to whatever is happening, without judgment
an open mind
a Water bottle
a Blanket to sit/lie down
Appropriate clothes to keep you warm/cool
London N6 5HG
Lauderdale House is a white house behind the gates to Waterlow Park on Highgate Hill. It's on the left hand side heading north up from Archway tube, ( just past St Joseph’s Church on the corner of Dartmouth Park Hill). It faces Highgate Hill and is easily visible from the pavement, backing onto Waterlow Park.
It is near Highgate Village and a 10 minute walk uphill from the nearest tube:-
Archway Station (northern line)
143, 210, 271, W5 (directly to the House – Waterlow Park stop)
4, 10, 17, 41, 43, 134, 263, C11 (to Archway Station)
This meditation can be done alone but the more the merrier for a real energy blast. I know it's early but get up and JOIN IN!!! Trust me you will feel amazing afterwards....Come alone or come with friends. Bring an open mind!
Look forward to seeing you then!!
Love Tara xx