As experienced meditators will tell you, the skill of meditation is not something easily accomplished by reading about it in a book or attending a single introductory talk. Meditation is both simple and subtle and asks us to patiently re-train our bodies and minds in peace and simplicity. It is something that takes practice. Developing a practice, it helps to have the support of a live instructor, the opportunity to practice, ask questions and learn from experience.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamental techniques of meditation and stress reduction in a structured 8-week program. Topics covered in this introductory series include:
- The purpose of meditation
- How it works
- Training in attention
- Awareness of Breathing
- Common challenges and remedies
- Benefits of the practice
Each weekly meeting will include guided meditation, talks, and discussion. The class format is set up to provide opportunity for personal guidance from a qualified teacher as well as for sharing experiences with others in the class. Seating options include chairs or meditation cushions.
For those relatively new to meditation, this is the place to start.