MEDITATION

In our meditation classes, you can expect a relaxing temperature-controlled space with cork floor and imported lanterns, candles and incense. Additionally, multiple meditation props will be provided including mats, bolsters, blankets, and eye pillows. Often, there will be a theme chosen for the practice, along with wisdom teachings.  Otherwise, there will be soft periods of silence lasting 5-10 minutes, depending on the accumulated experience of the practitioners.

Curious about the art and practice of meditation? Call or email us to schedule a free 45-minutes meditation introduction session with Bryan.

–Meditation Options–
1.  Free 30 Minute Introduction to Meditation
2.  1 hour, 15 Minute Meditation for Beginners
3.  1 hour, 30 Minute Meditation Immersions. Topics include Mindfulness, Silent-Zen, Loving Kindness, Tonglen (Compassion), Lojong (Mind Training)
4.  Half and Full Day Residential Meditation Retreats
5.  Monthly Full Moon Mantra Meditation Practice (OM, OM MANI PADME HUM, …)
6.  Solstice-Equinox Meditations
7 Weekly One Hour Guided Meditation Practices – Tuesdays at Noon and 6:45 pm and on Sundays at 11 am

 

Schedule FREE Intro to Meditation Now!

 

FAQ WITH BRYAN

WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Although there are almost as many answers to the question as there are questioners, the definition I like the most is “the mental state of non-distraction”. In other words, focusing. For me, it is the simplest and most accurate way of understanding the practice from many different traditions. In just a few words, all of the confusing conditioning around the practice is removed. When working with both adults and children, we often repeat the definition to just initiate a reframing of the concept.

DO I NEED TO ASCRIBE TO A PARTICULAR SET OF BELIEFS IN ORDER TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION?
Absolutely not. I cannot emphasize enough that our practice simply involves us  seated in an easy and comfortable position and directing our attention to the breath, or a beautiful object like a candle flame or flower. Occasionally, we may recite a meaningful relaxing phrase or visualize a peaceful pastoral setting.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS MEDITATION?
As the name implies, “being mindful”. And, when we are mindful, we are more present – here and now. It is then that a sweet, subtle awareness starts to expand, minimizing the influence that all of the circumstances and situations that we simply can not control hold upon us.

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
As in the practice of Yoga, loose comfortable clothing. Something that you may feel comfortable while sitting in a relaxed, yet alert, position. Of course, one may lie down if they become tired, or just need a break from sitting.

WHY MINDFULNESS MEDITATION?
For me, it has been one of the most easily understood meditation practices that  I have studied and experienced over these past 30 years. It is both simple and direct – uncomplicated. Also, it seems to be readily accessible to a broad range of potentially interested practitioners.

 

“Mindfulness practice is simple and completely feasible. Just by sitting and doing nothing, we are doing a tremendous amount.”

Shambhala Sun

MANY WEEKLY, MONTHLY AND SEASONAL OPTIONS TO MEDITATE WITH US…
  • TUESDAY LUNCH BREAK
  • TUESDAY EVENING REFUGE
  • SUNDAY MORNING CIRCLE
  • MONTHLY FULL MOON
  • SEASONAL AUSPICIOUS PRACTICES
  • 1/2 AND FULL DAY RESIDENTIAL RETREATS
  • MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS, INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, COUPLES, FAMILY AND CHILDREN COACHING
  • APPROACHES INCLUDE GUIDED, SILENT, MINDFULNESS, LOVING KINDNESS, MANTRA, ZEN, MORE…

 

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness is an ancient practice involving one-pointed concentration, or gaining control over your mind rather than your mind controlling you. A simple way to explain this concept is the mental discipline of returning your attention to the present moment repeatedly, despite distractions. Mindfulness has always been an integral part of the science of yoga, and has more recently grown in popularity in this country as more research has surfaced revealing the stunningly positive effects on our neural pathways and overall well-being. Regular mindfulness practice allows for greater regulation of emotions, and is incredibly effective in reducing stress.

Taught by Jasmine Irvin, Focus for Freedom is an all-experiences-welcome mindfulness class intended to help folks gain freedom from mental traps through increased focus and clarity. This 30 minute weekly class will introduce basic concepts of mindfulness, distinguish mindfulness from meditation, guide various mindfulness exercises in class, as well as provide easy to use practices to take with you into your daily life. This class is a wonderful accompaniment to yoga practice, and to psychotherapy, or can simply be taken on its own.