MEDITATION: PEACE IS THIS MOMENT - 9 Sep, 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec 2020
As we transition in these unusual times, what if we could meet each moment - however it is - with steadiness and open awareness? And have joy, courage and love spontaneously find us when needed, rather than seeking or 'working on' ourselves?
Through small increments of meditation we learn how this is possible, amid all life's experiences; light and shadows, joy and sorrow, difficulty and ease, constant change and the unchanging. Ever greater freedom from clinging and from pushing away. Greater ease, trust and grace in the moment. A 'yes' to life, and to all the layers of being human.
This autumn series offers an opportunity to (continue to) nourish the essential foundation and skills that meditators keep returning to, no matter how experienced they are. The emphasis here is on the practice and benefits of meditation as the quality of tender mindfulness in daily life. This is felt not only by ourselves, but by those around us too. A gift to all.
Everyday life is the bedrock of our transformation. We'll have the chance to inquire into common aspects of life and how meditation's mindful attention can be integrated, whether, for example, we're communicating, working, creating, walking, doing the dishes, with others or simply in our own company. We'll explore how we can live life beyond a distracted, scattered mind and free ourselves of its consequences.
There will be time for guided practice, reflection, observations and questions. A process that keeps us grounded and close to our essential nature.
If you'd like to nurture or re-ignite a home practice between sessions, there will be support for you.
The intention is to give space for refining awareness and witnessing presence. This allows us to notice shifts and to enjoy growing patience, peacefulness and contentment.
Monthly gatherings, to allow for practices to marinate, their cumulative benefits and the transition from guided to self-guided practice.
You're welcome to be part of a supportive and friendly group with a sense of community and safety. All practices are invitational.
The course draws from what yogis have known for centuries, what neuroscientists continue to research, early Buddhist teachings that remain so salient for life today and Carol's personal experience of meditation since a life change in 1999.
Please see below for an outline of each class, and insights from participants from previous sessions.
If you have any queries about the course and would like to join us, please contact Carol.
Wednesdays, 8-9 pm (UK). Via Zoom.
Class dates: 9 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December 2020.
How to book:
Classes and corresponding downloads included. Session recordings are available if you're unable to attend live. You're welcome to book with the sliding scale offered below.
(If you currently have limited means and would like to join, please email me).
What to bring:
Whatever you need to sit or stand comfortably, a pen and paper/journal.
Sitting can be on a chair with feet on the ground/blocks, or on the floor, supported with cushions or a bolster to elevate the hips, back against a wall if desired.
Once you've booked, you'll receive confirmation and a private link prior to each session to join the class via Zoom. Please download the Zoom app here in advance if you don't already have it.
Just click on your link up to 5 minutes before the start time to join the class.
Session 1 - 9 September 2020
How's the Weather Today?
Peacefully seeing and welcoming ourselves: a foundation for balance and perspective in practice and life. Quieting the mind.
Softening attention. Breath inquiry and coming home to this moment.
Session 2 - 7 October 2020
Deep listening. Yama.
The heart speaks.
Non-duality and peacemaking.
Session 3 - 4 November 2020
Making Space for Ease
Creating harmony and a space for home practice.
'Aimlessness'. The gifts of sitting and walking meditation.
Session 4 - 2 December 2020
Chopping Vegetables, Filling the Well
From the meditation hall to the kitchen, the car or the office.
Discovering the miracle in the 'mundane'.
Nourishing presence in everyday life, from moment to moment.
How participants found previous online meditation sessions and practices
I always felt an instant sense of grounding.
It helped me a lot to be more patient with myself and with meditation.
For the first time meditation felt like a refuge, however I felt, and that it was ok not to feel ok.
I feel calm and that everything is not as big a problem as it seems.
The video recording and practice were a great help to remind me how important it is to trust the process and not overthink things or focus on the result.
I felt grateful and peaceful.
I had always believed meditation to be a means of calming the mind or just something that is 'good to do', whereas I realised it is a meeting with and getting to know our self, watching, finding things out and being guided from within if we are wandering too far from the "I am".
I'm finding the different influences brought to the sessions wonderful.
I found the process of noticing and acknowledging how you're feeling helpful, and being interested in that, without judgement.
Absolutely loving the sessions. They are accessible and enlightening.
I felt a sense of timelessness.
A wonderful meditation session, truly returning home to peace.
I felt grateful and beautiful.
It's been a joy.