with Bhadra, Naravira and Team.
Come and join us online with our daytime meditation class on Wednesday lunchtimes.
If you are already familiar with the practices of the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana, through having done one of our Introductory Courses, we will explore these in more depth through this class. In addition we will also explore the Just Sitting practice which corresponds to the dimension of receptivity in the Triratna system of practice.
The class offers a chance to go deeper with your meditation in a practical way. There is usually a short introduction to some element of the meditation being looked at, but the emphasis is on exploring different dimensions of the practice through practical lead sits that help us to experience for ourselves what is being indicated.
The class starts at 1pm on Wednesdays with the meditation going on to 2pm. For those who want to, there is a chance to stay on till 2.30pm to further explore our experience of the meditation through a group conversation. The class is led by Naravira and Bhadra, both of whom are experienced meditation teachers.
Join classes online here at every Wednesday at 1pm https://zoom.us/j/660498313?pwd=WGFBNmEya1YyT2lCcFdOeGNYUkppZz09
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Previous 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.