"Exploring Meditation' is a six-week course that is ideal for those new to meditation or those seeking to reconnect with their practice. Each week will build on your learning, covering the key principles of most meditation practices, the ‘how’ and ‘why’, also exploring a range of different meditation techniques .. so that you find the best practice for YOU!
The Exploring Meditation course is designed to provide a straightforward, practical and non- religious approach to meditation. Meeting weekly gives us a chance to get ‘into the flow’of meditation, and gain some insight into the benefits found in a regular meditation practice.
What do we do?
The program looks something like this, and may vary depending on the group and individual interests:
*Week 1: core meditation principles, the ‘how’ and ‘why’, stress and how to circuit-break the habit and an introduction to Mindfulness of Body Meditation
*Week 2: the impact of stress, introduction to short Meditative Exercises and longer techniques (both invaluable), introduction to Mindfulness of Breath Meditation
*Week 3: the brain, the process of meditation, Mantra, obstacles and antidotes, measuring your progress
*Week 4: the science of meditation and a 12-minute mantra based practice shown in current research to greatly improve memory, and a silent practice, continuing to build on our understanding and personal practice of meditation
*Week 5: Mindfulness meditation both as a traditional seated meditation and as a daily life exercise, we take a look at mindfulness of touch, eating, listening and movement practices
*Week 6: Meditation that is self-guided, how to build a longer meditation practice from simple and easy meditative exercises, the art of ‘non-doing’ and resources for ongoing nourishment of your practice
The aim of the course is to provide you with all that your need to meditate. Anytime. Anywhere. Each weekly class is designed to build on your understanding of meditation, and provide time and focus for group meditation practice. There is a period of instruction, discussion and PRACTICE.
A weekly handout is also provided so that you can build a meditation workbook, a resource to continue to dip into as your practice develops; along with sharing insights, tips and tools that might support your ongoing interest and engagement with your own personal meditation practice.
Our classes are conducted sitting in a chair or using a cushion on the floor – we provide both options for you to consider over the duration of the course.
When: Monday 25 September to Monday 30 October 7.15pm to 8.35pm
Course Teacher - Sarah Fletcher
Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher Member, Meditation Association of Australia
Sarah first experienced meditation as a senior school student .. and inspired from that first experience has continued with a daily practice for more than 30 years. Her meditation journey has led her to a wide range of meditation retreats, classes and teachers, and in 2009 she left her corporate career to establish Quiet Mind Meditation.
In 2015, after a year of study and eight- day meditation intensive, Sarah successfully complete training to become a McLean Meditation Institute® Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher, and SEED Meditation® Instructor.