A calmer mind and greater mental clarity can be yours in just six-weeks of guided meditation practice. Starts June 23 – 7 pm.
Why guided meditation?
Everything we experience in life, we experience through our mind. Meditation is the name we give to the practice of training our mind. Just like going to a gym, the more often and regularly you practice, the more consistent your results will be. If we want enhanced physical abilities, we train our body. If we want to learn a new skill, we study. To learn more about how the mind works, we use meditation.
The benefits gained from meditation—a calmer, more stable mind and improved mental clarity—require regular practice. We will help you establish an effective, regular meditation practice.
From a religious or spiritual point of view, the goal is gaining awareness, or a profound insight into the nature of all things.
Guided meditation practice
- A six-week course introducing meditation methods and practice
- Beginning June 23, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Free to members of the Absenger Cancer Education Foundation, or $10 per week for non-members
- This fee is requested to support the environment to offer the teachings. No one will be turned away for lack of funds
What will you learn during this guided meditation class?
In this class we will introduce and explore both sitting and walking meditation forms, starting with simple guided meditation and working up to extended sitting. Anapanasati, or mindfulness of the breath, is a simple technique that’s always available, as long as you’re breathing, of course. Kinhin, or walking meditation, is especially useful for people unable to sit for long periods of time, or as a break between periods of sitting meditation. Zazen, or sitting meditation, is the main focus and practice of Zen Buddhism.
Is guided meditation difficult?
The techniques themselves are quite simple. Engaging and utilizing them effectively is where difficulty can arise. It’s not necessary to be a gymnast or double jointed to meditate. There are several different positions to choose from, and you can even practice sitting in a chair. The presence of a teacher who can answer questions provides an important support that can help motivate you and keep you from getting “stuck”.
Why is this guided meditation class different?
Mindfulness practice is often taught as being apart from any spirituality, and often loses something in translation. This class is informed by Sōtō Zen Buddhism, and will provide the opportunity for study. You don’t need to be a Buddhist or “convert” to Buddhism to meditate. Just consider using whatever you learn from the teachings to make you a better whatever-you-already-are. The goal of Buddhism is not to create more Buddhists, but to create more Buddhas.
Is there a book requirement?
If you wish to engage in Buddhist study, we will be reading and discussing “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. You will need to purchase a copy. We suggest you try to order your copy through The Bookman in Grand Haven.
The Absenger Cancer Education Foundation | Suite A | 17212 Van Wagoner Road | Spring Lake MI 49456
Your opportunity to bring a profound sense of calm and inner peace to your daily life starts Tuesday evening, June 23 (7 – 9pm). Please come and make use of the more formal meditation practice and study class offered by Jim and the Lakeshore Buddhist Sangha here at ACEF. Dedicate some time to cultivate your mind.
Do you have questions? Do you need more information?
Please call (616) 607-7360 or email Werner.
Your meditation instructor
Jim Johnson, from Lakeshore Buddhist Sangha, facilitates formal meditation study and practice at ACEF.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that will allow you some flexibility and bring your own meditation cushion, if you have one, for greatest comfort.
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