Have you ever wanted to learn to meditate? Used to meditate but are no longer practicing regularly but would like to? Have you ever wanted to be a part of a meditation community?
Research shows the effectiveness of regular meditation with myriad of benefits cognitively, physically, emotionally and psychologically. But beyond the findings of its benefits, meditation is a spiritual practice, not in a religious or indoctrinated sense but more on a personal level.
There are also many research findings that demonstrate the enriched, exponential effects of group meditation. Many people report it’s easier to meditate when in a group. Others describe how meditating regularly in a group encourages individuals to meditate regularly on their own.
A sangha is a community that mediates together. It is egalitarian with no leader. However, sometimes to begin with one or more experienced meditators may assume the role of guide until all the members are comfortable meditating without guidance.
JP has asked me for now to be your guide if the sangha wishes.
So let me introduce myself. I’m Veronica. I’ve been a regular member of the Ahimsa Whitby community for over a year. I’m also a certified psychotherapist with a private practice in Whitby. I’ve facilitated, at Western University, Mindfulness meditation workshops based on the principles of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) introduced by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Following Thay’s sangha practice, to begin with until we are more all at ease with silent meditation, I will guide the sangha in 5-10 mins. mindfulness meditation. I will offer to then guide the sangha in 10-15 mins of walking mediation. This will introduce another, very accessible form of meditation, especially for those who are more kinetic and find sitting silently for a long time difficult. We will close with silent meditation for 20 mins (for some they could chose to lie down, others may wish to bring a folding chair to use and the rest may sit on a cushion on the floor). After this, Thay encourages the sangha to share tea and conversation, not necessarily dwelling on your experience of meditating but if there are any questions or observation we may wish to share with the sangha. I will provide the tea and you may bring your own mug (not large ones, please, I can only carry so much tea, :D).