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Monday - Semi Guided Mindful Meditation - Body Scan, Breath Following, Metta
We meet at my home for Meditation instruction (if needed), a Semi Guided Mindful Meditation ( Body Scan, Breath Following, Metta Closure ) and then tea and discussion afterwards. We are a warm and friendly non-denominational group (even though this is a Buddhist style meditation). We normally get 8 - 15 meditators with an equal mix of male/female (many do not RSVP). We gather starting at 7:15, Meditation starts at 7:30 I have been meditating for many years in Zen, Vipassana, and other traditions. This meditation group has been meeting at my home for 10 years. The meditations are guided by Larry Baker, a Vipassana teacher. This meditation is geared towards beginners and those who would like to experience guided meditations. We meditate for 45 minutes. There are no rules or strict guidelines. Contact me with any questions. Namaste, Steve

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2101 Tokalon St. · San Diego, CA

What we're about

The meditations and other events are mostly free.
Meditation : We have regular Meditation Meetups where we teach and practice a guided Vipassana (buddhist) meditation. The format we follow is to notice the body, notice the breath, send kind thought/feelings to others.
At all locations we have extra floor cushions, and, chairs and couches to sit on
All groups are good for beginners. If you do not meditate yet and would like to practice before you come you can do this: Sit in a chair quietly and comfortably and keep your spine straight and back muscles relaxed. Close your eyes and start to notice your breathing. Feel your stomach as it rises and falls with each breath. Keep noticing your stomach rising and falling until you notice yourself thinking. This thinking will be taking your attention away from your stomach. Calmly identify what type of thought it is by saying to yourself something like: "worry" or "fantasy" or "planning" or "fear" or "doubt" or "joy" or "sorrow" or "anger" etc. Then gently let the thought go and return to the sensation of breathing in your stomach. Keep doing this and over time lengthen the amount of time you meditate in this way. The main goals for this type of meditation are to develop the ability to: 1) concentrate (in this case on your breath); 2) notice your thinking, and 3) gently let thoughts go. Being still with a quiet peaceful mind is not the goal. A quiet peaceful mind is more of a side effect that will come with time (and then leave again :). After all, we are humans and not the perfect little creatures that we keep hoping for.
In a nutshell, Buddha’s Three R’s of meditation are:
Recognize, Release and Return.
BUT to really master them…
find a teacher!

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