New meditation group commences in Canterbury – June 8th
The new compassion meditation group will begin on Friday the 8th of June, 2018 in Canterbury. The class will commence at 7pm, last for an hour and be using a continuous method, this means you do not need to commit to a set number of weeks. However places are limited and advanced booking is recommended. This is a secular practice based on traditional methods, as such it is suitable for almost everyone over the age of 18. No previous experience is required, and full training in the main elements of the practice will be provided. If you would like more information email us or to stay in touch sign up to our mailing list.
The group will be led by Stephen Gene Morris1, an experienced practitioner, teacher and post graduate researcher of compassion based meditation. Compassionate practices have long been associated with improved health and wellbeing, modern scientific enquiry is now endorsing the benefits of this approach. Regular compassion based meditation can deliver a reduction in stress and anxiety, greater sense of well being and increased cognitive function. These changes are likely to be correlated with positive changes in the brain itself. Visit the Science of Meditation website if you want the scientific background.
A key element of this approach is meditation on compassion for self and other, known as non dual. People will be very familiar with the ideas behind this method. There is initial evidence that the meditation is particularly beneficial in balancing our internal and external mental processes. This appears to have a particular role in enabling us to feel more content with who we are and allows us also to better engage with the world. Taking lie’s ups and downs a little more in our stride. The human understanding of these approaches are several thousand years old. But contemporary neuroscience is starting to confirm that there may be a strong interconnection between how we see ourselves and the wider society.
These are group meetings, classes cost £10 for a one hour session. Full training, and instructions will be provided. No special equipment or clothing is needed. Recent studies demonstrate the benefits of meditation to people of all ages. Students over the age of 50 may find this practice particularly useful.
1 In addition to over ten thousand hours of personal meditation practice, Stephen has been trained in western and Himalayan schools of mind and meditation. He holds a first class degree in psychology, and is currently undertaking post graduate (MSc) research into compassionate meditation. He has been offered a PhD research position at the University of Kent (upon completion of his MSc), to study the extent to which compassion training can improve health and wellbeing.