Putting Meditation Back on the Mat
“Meditation is no longer seen as fringe, esoteric and weird…a stress reduction modality, not just for coping, but for flourishing.”
Last week’s New York Times article on meditation was a great reminder that we need to make meditation a regular part of our life. It seems increasing numbers of New Yorkers are taking to sitting in small groups, cross-legged on yoga mats, with eyes closed, focused on breathing slowly and steadily, repeating simple mantra’s to themselves, whilst outside, police sirens wail and cars honk.
The New York experience suggests that rather than meditate at home, participants are instead choosing to meditate as part of a group, because “there’s something about the energy” in a group situation that leads to a “deeper, more satisfying experience”.
At Joule, our Community Meditation Program is similar to that offered by a number of New York Centres in that we include meditation on our schedule primarily to provide a time and a space for people to come and sit, FREE. We provide a place where people can come to pause from the multitasking, scheduling and stress of daily life. Simply sitting and focusing on the breath and some phrases can be very calming and relaxing.
If you are interested in participating in the growing movement toward the practice of meditation why not come along to our Community Meditation Program which runs on Mondays from 12:00 for 45 minutes.