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Sangha Meditation at Lunchtime
with Bhadra, Naravira and Team.
Come and join us online for this friendly lunch time drop-in class, for those familiar with mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana meditations.
The class will include some Dharma teaching and suggestions for supporting ourselves and each other in these complex times. We will be continuing to emphasise the means to come into an ever deeper connection with the totality of our experience which includes our fears and joys. These Meditation classes help us build the capacity to engage with whatever arises with openhearted kindness, care and curiosity. It can be very supportive to meditate with others even though we are online together
For those who like to talk about meditation, at the end of the meditation session (2pm) there is an opportunity to participate in a group discussion also online. (Whether or not you have particular issues or questions, just listening or talking about our meditation practice can be very helpful.) Ends 2.40
Join classes online here at every Wednesday at 1pm https://zoom.us/j/660498313?pwd=WGFBNmEya1YyT2lCcFdOeGNYUkppZz09
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Latest class teachings
Meditation Class 17th June: Meditating with the heart. The meeting between the vertical and the horizontal axis of our embodied experience
Bhadra leads a guided body scan encouraging us to draw on the support of the axis between earth and sky and the horizontal axis of left and right, front and back. These fill out the sense of embodiment and the centrality of the open heart. The practice closes with a reading of the beautiful Metta sutta
Meditation Class 10th June: Meditating with the energy of earth and sky.
Bhadra leads a guided body scan and meditation drawing upon the energy of earth and sky to open the heart.
Meditation class 13th May: Energetic approach to working with the hindrances.
Naravira guides us to recognise the hindrances and then apply specific antidotes by working with the felt sense of energy in the body. He also reminds us of the importance of finding pleasure in our meditation.
Meditation Class 6th May: Meditations on Grace. In these two short meditations Bhadra distinguishes between mental events, the directionality of attention described as mindfulness, and the open aspect of being we call awareness. He suggests awareness not only creates a doorway to grace but is the source of that grace becoming visible within and through sense experience
Meditation class 15th April. Mindfulness and the breathing body. Bhadra emphasises the body as a sense organ like our ear or eye
This week Bhadra reminds us of the connection between Metta and Mindfulness. He describes mindfulness as a directionality of awareness focused through the senses. He begins with an exercise to distinguish between attentively listening and hearing sounds without judgement. He then leads through the mindfulness of breathing focusing on kind attention through the feeling or tactile sense of the body and attending with curiosity to the actual arising sensations within that sense sphere that we describe as the breath.
Meditation class. 8th April. Letting go of control and the mettabhavana
Naravira introduces the idea of letting go of control as a means discover that which suppresses the natural flow of metta. The guided meditation emphasises staying with the embodied felt sense as a means to notice and release the grip arising from the desire to control as we turn towards the five stages of the mettabhavana.
Meditation class. 1st April Facing Medusa with the mirror of spacious awareness.
Bhadra continues exploring how to resource ourselves through meditation in these complex times. He offers an alternative way to approach the Mettabhavana using the myth of Medusa to describe the way we can avoid becoming frozen or overwhelmed when trying to turn towards difficult sensations. He lightly leads through the mettabhavana using the mirror of awareness itself to help us move towards our actual sensations without becoming overwhelmed or frozen by them.