Updated: Sep 10, 2022
Each person's meditation practice is as unique as they are.
My personal exploration of meditation began in 2013, while trying to cope with profound loss. Through a grief group I was taught the basic concepts of meditation and mindfulness and quickly discovered that I could manage my "monkey mind", which was dragging me forward and backward in time... but never allowing me to be in the present.
Intrigued, I started to research various forms of meditation, settling in with Zen Buddhism for a couple years. We would join together in group practice, called a sangha, and chant, recite liturgical readings and silently meditate for two 25 minutes periods, plus a silent walking meditation. Each person must sit mute, without moving. As you might imagine, the minute I was told I could not move, my focus would immediately turn to every bodily sensation possible. A tiny itch would morph into a stabbing pain... eye twitches, sleeping limbs, aches and pain would scream for my attention. Over time I was able to conform (more or less) to these restrictions, but I felt there might be other models of meditation that would be a better fit for me.
Over the next few years I practiced guided meditation alone using the app "Insight Timer", which allowed me to select a subject, length of time, with music or without, etc. This app is available for free and is one of the most robust platforms you will find for meditation and mindfulness. During that period I also found a meditation group in Foxborough that offered a wonderful community of people looking to develop their personal practice and explore the contentment available through mindfulness. In 2019 I trained as a Level 1 Meditation Teacher and I have been sharing the practice ever since. During the pandemic I had the opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation (TM) and experienced a deeper level of meditation.
I would love to share with you the simplicity of meditation and the profound benefits you will discover over time.
On September 29, we will be meeting at the Sharon Public Library, 6:30-7:45 to join in simple meditation (please feel free to move around as necessary:), followed by discussion. There is no fee and I will be posting the event sign-up on this blog. Please be sure to subscribe to the blog so you receive notifications of our meetings. Thanks!