What we're about
Welcome everyone to our meditation space on Sundays 5.30 to 7pm at the Yoga & Qigong School of Sumner (http://www.yogaqigong.co.nz), 42 Nayland Street, Sumner (across Supermarket), Christchurch, New Zealand.
No matter whether it is your first meditation or you have done meditation before, it is an open space for 90 minutes for you to sit as long as you like, and come and go as you please.
I have started this group in 2012, because I couldn't find a meditation group in Christchurch which was not affiliated to some sort of religion or certain philosophy, so our group is just about meditation and everybody can to do it their own way. The introductions or guided meditations we play from CD during the first 45 minutes are there to help people, who haven't done meditation before and convey the basics of how to meditate and what it is about in a neutral way.
We offer 2 introductions (guided meditations) from CD which we play at 5.30 pm and 6 pm for people who are new to meditation or simply request it. These audios are basic introductions spoken by Russel Delman (We have Russel's consent for the usage. There are no further affiliations with his teachings). The guided meditations include instructions about posture and breathing, they are 15 mins in duration each with a 15 min break inbetween, in which Tibetan Bell sounds are played to help with silent meditation.
You are also welcome to lie down and just relax :) or change your posture anytime you feel like it. We also have some cards there, 'Inner peace cards' or 'Heart cards', which offer either a word or a theme to meditate on, if you wish.
For the second 45 minutes we just sit in silence with the beautiful Tibetan Bell sounds in the background.
Bolsters, blankets and chairs from the yoga school are available for use. You are welcome to bring your own items, if you like.
Basically it is free to attend - a koha/donation is much appreciated though - if you can, please support us with $5 per session to help cover the costs for hire & heating of the hall ($120 per month).
If it is your first meditation ever, then, if possible, please come a little earlier that we can show you some sitting options :)
And in case you are interested in Yoga, we also offer a Yoga session prior to meditation from 4 - 5.15 pm. Yoga is a perfect preparation for meditation. Please look up Yoga & Intuition on meetup (http://www.meetup.com/Yoga-Intuition/) if you wish to make use of this option. The koha for meditation is included in the fee for the Yoga session.
See you on a Sunday :)
You can also find us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SumnerMeditationGroup)