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about meditation

"Meditation is to experience life in a new way -

that is, life as a means and not as an end.

Through meditation one gradually becomes present to one's own presence,

which ultimately leads to the realisation

that there is no aim in meditation

apart from just to 'Be' in meditation.

To 'Be' in meditation means 

waking up to the notion

that meditation is as much about dying

as it is about living,

or as much about life as it is about death,

henceforward you die to your mind and thoughts that are subject to change,

and become alive to what is permanent within, hence not subject to change."

 

Alexander Filmer-Lorch

Numerous types of meditation are available.

 

In our children, adolescents, adults and families programmes, we introduce a large variety of preparation to meditation and meditation techniques, derived from several traditions, to give each participant a chance to find what resonates best with them and what is most helpful at that particular time in their life.

 

We offer:

 

  • breathing techniques that help the mind settle and calm gently. These techniques mostly come from the Yoga tradition. Some of their relaxing effects can be readily explained with physiological principles as seen in the relaxation response

 

  • traditional secular mindfulness techniques such as mindfulness of the breath, walking meditation, mindful eating, deep body relaxation and body awareness inspired by the Buddhist tradition.

 

  • very simple, unspectacular daily activities which are performed with our full attention on the task given. It could be as simple as drawing lines with a pen on a blank sheet of paper. This allows our mind to settle and our brain to train its ability to focus.

 

  • an emphasis on the embodiment of our experience, and on our ability to ground ourselves in order to learn to be fully present to our life experience. For example, Tai Chi and Qi Gong practices as well as a rooting meditation are introduced early on during our Mindful Beginnings adult course.

 

  • an exploration of sound-based meditations that can be derived from modern or classical music pieces, nature sounds - for instance waves or bird songs - or even the Hindu tradition like Sanskrit chanting, Kirtan or chanting The Note from Heaven,

 

  • visualisations mostly in our children programmes but laos as part of Dreambirth or healing modalities.

 

  • heart-based and compassion / loving kindness - metta bhavana meditations based on the latest neuroscience research and the work of the HeartMath institute as well as stemming from the Sufi and Buddhist traditions. Read HERE the 18 Science-proven Benefits of Loving Kindness meditation!

 

 

  • and many more ...

 

 

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts

in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness

without objectification,

knowing without thinking,

merging finitude in infinity.
 

Voltaire

 

 

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