Sixty one years ago, The School of Meditation was given a technique to pass on to people here in the UK. The technique came from an ancient Indian tradition, Advaita Vedanta, adapted to make it ideal for people leading busy lives in the west.
The past three years have been a tumultuous time for many, with anxieties around Covid followed by the cost-of-living crisis.
In these demanding circumstances, we yearn to connect with something that does not change. We crave stillness. Not inertia or boredom but a sense of profound peace that both centres and energises us. Habitually, we look for something out there in the world, but the natural stillness we seek is to be found within.
As we seek to pivot so that our attention is not taken solely by what is transient and unpredictable, it can be confusing to know where to begin, with so many options available.
Throughout 2023, The School of Meditation is offering a range of options for those wanting to establish a regular meditation practice, or those curious to try meditation for the first time. All of the options offered by the School are simple ways to begin to access the peace and ease of being that lie just beneath the surface of the mind.
For beginners and experienced meditators alike, 30 minute guided meditations with readings from a broad range of spiritual texts, ‘Open Door’ sessions, are held online three times a week, and in-person here in West London twice a week.
For those considering meditation for the first time, or perhaps wanting a refresher, our Monthly Talk, titled 'What is Meditation?' is ideal.
For a deeper dive, five week Introductory Courses commence regularly throughout the year. Participants are guided through simple meditation exercises, hear spiritual readings and learn about the School’s tradition. The group dynamic and the presence of an experienced tutor enables stimulating discussion and exploration. Questions that pop up during the week can be addressed at the next session, and by practising between sessions participants get the chance to see how the discipline of a daily meditation practice works for them.
Many have found that the help, guidance and support of the Introductory Course is just what they need to help them get started with meditation.
For those who would like to take up meditation without first doing a course we provide the option of joining the School directly.
All of these opportunities can be accessed via the School of Meditation, check out your options here.
Exploring meditation is a way to set aside time for oneself, for simplicity and peace, for true rest. As we enter 2023, it is an opportunity to experience something unchanging.
The School of Meditation, based in London but with branches around the UK as well as abroad, is a not-for-profit meditation centre dedicated to introducing the benefits of meditation to as many people as possible.
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