Meditation will return in the Autumn.
Meditation practice is an enigma. It is not something we can really ‘do’, but instead a state of being that we can learn to inhabit.
Like all states of being however it does require ‘practice’. The mind is not an easy place to live and yet most of us live there most of the time. Meditation is not an escape from this mind but an encounter with it.
Meditation is about how we negotiate the turbulence and caprice of mind; about how we work with distractions and physical discomforts; about being with the inevitable tumult of thoughts and feelings that can arise when we just sit there doing nothing.
There is great joy in just being, for no purpose, because we can, because it is. It is a joy slowly being eroded by a culture that insists on doing and acquiring, a culture seeped in gratification and stimulation. This is exhausting.
Meditation is a place to rest. It does not offer easy solutions. It does not solve our problems. It might not even make you a better person.
Meditation is an encounter with the ‘as is’, an encounter with a place of being not dependant upon our stories about it, a place that doesn’t ask for your credentials, a place not bound by culture or doctrine.
About these classes.
Andrew draws on over 30 years experience of working with the meditation traditions. His current practice is simple, practical and grounded in the practice of just being. The classes will touch on traditional practices but won’t be accountable to doctrine. Meditation practice has a long history but we live now, in the contemporary, within unique conditions for the human.
The ‘technique’ of meditation can be taught in about 5 minutes. The practice, the ways of being with the mind, with thoughts and feelings, with discomforts and entanglements. This is what takes (a life) time.
Initially we will remind ourselves that a meditator sits in her/his body. We will move a little, beathe a little deeper, release some tension.
And then we will sit (or when necessary lie) and watch. We will experience what happens when we are quiet and still and for a while we stay with that.
Then we might talk, move around, loosen up, report back from our experience.
And then we will sit (or lie) again.
The materials for our learning will be right there in front of us. Juicy bits of human experience that we might want to find a different relationship with. There will be moments of peacefulness, there will equally be times of discomfort. We will stay interested. We will explore what it means to be kind with ourselves, how to understand our judgements about ourselves and the world, we will learn to sit still.