What is Meditation ?
Meditation is simply a method of training our mind to get beyond the reflexive, "thinking" mind into a deeper state of awareness. When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and the mind becomes still, a deep contentment and sense of "knowing" arises naturally from within. Meditation presents us with a path to self-knowledge, concentration and, hopefully, health!
What happens at a session?
Each session starts with a guided settling meditation to help both our mind and our body tune in and focus, to become a bit more still and receptive. Sharon Collins, an experienced meditator and mindfulness practitioner. Based in Bath, Sharon has spent the last ten years studying meditation (primarily based on Buddhist scripture), and has been teaching for seven years. Her classes are relaxed, informal, and accessible to all. Based on personal experience, she shares the benefits of meditation and mindfulness with her students, and gives practical guidance on how they can apply them in their own lives, in order to enhance their mental well-being, improve their relationships, and perform to their full potential.
Everyone is welcome
The sessions use teachings as a tool for successful meditation practice but of course you do not need to be a Buddhist to benefit from these meditations. Members of this society come from all walks of life. Every human is the sum of different experiences and walks a different path. Everyone is welcome. The classes are suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. Come along and see what you think. It might change your life, it might not - what have you got to lose? Come along to any session and see what you think before joining.
Our society meet every week in term-time, for a session lasting around an hour and a quarter. The sessions are informal and is a fun way to meet new people and a good and safe place to ask for other people’s thoughts on meditations, teachings, life... We hope to have a couple of social evenings over the year, as well as a mini-bus trip to the Bristol Meditation Centre for those interested.
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