These sessions have been created so that like minded people can meet, meditate and learn to meditate together. These are guided meditations using various tools including visualisations. In addition to the meditation tools that help us to move beyond our mind, we contemplate on some of the words, actions and thoughts of some inspiring teachers.
I received the same training that a monk would receive, in a Buddhist Monastery in Thailand in 1994 and later received Mindfulness Teaching qualifications here in the UK.
All who attend are invited to attend as “beginners”, because this is a practice where we all consider ourselves beginners and see this as the best way to learn. It is only when we admit we don’t know can we be open to the world beyond and outside the mind. I started these sessions to connect with others like me and to keep myself in regular practice. I have facilitated Mindfulness meditation sessions here in the UK since 2011 and opened this Meetup group after the building I normally teach in shut down following the lockdown. It has been an exhilarating experience meeting new people and finding this space in which to simply just Be.
The sessions are meant to provide us with practical tools with which we can live our daily lives more fully, peacefully, happily and hopefully enjoy ourselves in the process. It is therefore not strictly a full hour of “zoning out” meditations but usually begins with some reflections on how best we can apply the tools we use in our relationships, work, money and other areas that affect us.
My main influences are Eckhart Tolle, Esther and Jerry Hicks, Sai Baba, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Buddhist meditation practices and of course Jon Kabat-Zinn, the physician responsible for the rebranding of these ancient practices into the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction model used in most schools, universities and workplaces.