What is Meditation?
Meditation is fundamentally concerned with two things: the transformation of the mind and using the mind to explore it self and other phenomena. The two types of meditation: single pointed and analytical, are like two wings of a bird that are needed to fly, both are necessary for the attainment of enlightenment. Single pointed meditation is developing the skill of focusing attention and mindful awareness on a single object and analytical meditation helps develop insight and wisdom through experiencing the true nature of reality.
In the West, meditation techniques have been used in counseling, psychotherapy, and relaxation training. Scientific studies have identified the use of meditation to reduce stress, promote relaxation, concentration, altered states of awareness and the suspension of logical thought. Many biochemical and physical changes in the body occur that can change one’s metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and brain chemistry.
Author of Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, once said: “Mindfulness seems to strengthen an array of neurons in the left prefrontal cortex, which inhibits the stress reaction driven by the amygdala, that triggers the cascade of stress hormones in the fight or flight response. It’s exactly like building up a muscle. What you begin to notice as you strengthen it is the absence of the negative state.”
By cultivating mindfulness through meditation we become more self-aware, better at handling stress, more empathetic and ultimately we become calmer and more focused. Through the diligent practicing of meditation our overall sense of compassion and well-being are deepened.
Each meditation class begins with a short introduction about correct posture then follows with a 10-20 minute guided meditation. Practitioners learn various meditations: breathing, compassion, giving and taking (Tong Lin) mindfulness (Vipassana), inner child, impermanence, wisdom, death and dying as well as working with colours, visualizations of flowers, light, water. There is usually a break of 10 minutes then a short discussion from questions practitioners are having. A second guided or silent meditation of 10-20 minutes ends the class.
If someone said to you that by practicing 15 minutes of meditation a day you would look younger, have more energy and peacefulness, be happier and more attentive to your spouse and children, be calmer and your life would become increasingly better, wouldn’t you want to at least try?
Experience deeper serenity and calmness through a Meditation Class. Angela leads the group through various meditations she has been guiding for years. Examples of meditations: breathing, compassion, mindfulness, inner child, impermanence, wisdom amongst others.
What happens during a Meditation Class?
Angela begins each class with a short introduction to correct meditation posture. She explains about the two categories of meditation: single pointed and analytical, both of which she leads practitioners through. She gives a brief background to the history of Buddhism and the introduction of it coming to the West then begins a 10-20 minute guided meditation. Various meditations that practitioners learn are: breathing, compassion, giving and taking (Tong Lin) mindfulness (Vipassana), inner child, impermanence, wisdom, death and dying as well as working with colours, visualizations of flowers, light, water. There is usually a break of 10 minutes then a short discussion from questions practitioners are having. A second guided or silent meditation of 10-20 minutes ends the class.
Benefits of Meditation:
- An Innate Knowingness
- Better Overall Health
- Deeper Compassion for Self & Others
- Deeper Sense of Self
- Increased Concentration
- More Relaxed
- Sense of Peace