तदेवार्थमात्रनिर्भासं स्वरूपशून्यमिवसमाधिः ॥३॥ “Samadhi is the deep absorption, wherein only the essence of that object, place, or point shines forth in the mind, as if the mind were devoid even of its own form.”
Patanjali Yoga Sutras III.3
MEDITATION AND MANTRA EVENINGS
One of the things I discovered over the many years of my meditation practice, is the ease at which meditation occurs when it follows a period of chanting mantras. When you combine the two practices, something magical happens.
The Mantras open the heart and we feel blissed out. The Meditation calms the mind and we feel peaceful.
In the monthly sessions, we will explore these two wonderful practices: chanting for 20 minutes, which will lead us seamlessly into a 20 minute meditation. There will be time at the end for any discussions.
The Mantras we will be chanting will cover a range of sources. Some will be Yoga/Sanskrit, some Buddhist and occasionally some from other spiritual traditions.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SING!! Chanting is different from singing. It is a vibratory practice designed to focus the energy of the mind. The tune is unimportant. The intention behind the practice is the key.
Meditation is not the absence of thought. The mind will never be completely silent. Meditation is a technique, a mechanism, for holding the attention of the mind on a single object. There are many forms of meditation. Some focus on the breath. Some repeat words or phrases. Some involve movement. Some involve sound. Some involve looking deeply at an object. But the aim remains the same. To move our mind into stillness. To find peace within. There is a beautiful simplicity to the art of meditating – anyone can do it!
• To overcome the stresses of daily life.
• To bring peace and harmony into our minds.
• To develop our self awareness.
• To create a deeper consciousness of our existence.
• To merge with the infinite source.
None of these are mutually exclusive, and one will naturally lead to the other. Once we can cease the stressful thoughts of the ‘monkey mind’, we will feel more peaceful and harmonious. In the spaciousness that is then created, we see ourselves more clearly. When we have a deeper understanding of our ‘small’ self (atman) we start to be curious about the wider picture. At the highest attainable level of meditation (samadhi) we realise that we are part of an infinite energy (Atman – the ‘big self’). In this lifetime, you might just be happy to overcome the stresses and feel peaceful!
MANTRA & MEDITATION CLASSES
£7.50 per session
15th February, 2019
22nd March, 2019
12th April, 2019
10th May, 2019
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring meditation stools or cushions if you have them. There will be yoga blocks and mats available. You might also want to bring a meditation shawl and mala beads if you have them.
“Just a note to say I think the meditation classes are working brilliantly. Last night’s has been the most effective of all the practices I’ve ever done. It’s useful to have these sessions as part of a whole as indeed is your intention, to give us a range of ways to enter meditation to suit our feelings at any time. We can adapt, tweak and personalise anything you provide, so thank you for planning and delivering them. All that attend are very lucky.” ANGE
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DIVINE WORKS YOGA
Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, UK
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