Some of the things we’ve been asked
Who is this for?
This course is designed with five types of people in mind:
- Those that have never meditated before and want to see what it’s all about
- Those that think they’d like to meditate but believe they never could because their mind is all over the place and they can’t sit still for a moment.
- Those that have done some meditation but think they’re no good at it.
- Those that have done some meditation but would like to go beyond the basics and understand a bit more, learn some new techniques, and build a regular practice.
- Anyone looking for a tried and tested course on meditation that will allow them to build a minimum of thirty minutes of meditation into their lives every week, as well as giving them a broad foundation of knowledge and experience in many different meditation traditions. Many people who have taken this course before come back to take it over and over again saying they get a little more out of it each time and that they like the structure, support and community that it offers.
Is this religious? (a.k.a. Are you just trying to turn me into a Buddhist?)
It is true that most of the world’s religions include some type of meditative practice within their body of spiritual exercises. However that does not mean that meditation is a religious activity. Yes, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Moslems and Christians (as well as most other faiths) include meditation within some aspect of their tradition. They also breathe, and that does not make breathing religious. We borrow from many different traditions from across the ages but we are not approaching meditation from a religious point of view, or trying to espouse a particular philosophy. Regardless of your worldview, this course attempts to get you to experience how meditation (like breathing!) can be helpful and is not inconsistent with any belief, or non-belief.
Do I need to do the whole twelve weeks?
No. If you’ve never meditated before it will be helpful to do the first week. After that you can jump in and out according to what your schedule allows. Although the classes do build on each other they are also intended to stand on its own. Come to as many as you can, or as few as you want.
How long to I need to meditate for?
This is a more complicated question than it might appear and we will address it during the course. The simplest answer we can give is that a) you don’t ‘need’ to meditate at all – you’ve probably been doing okay without it, and b) you should probably meditate for as long as you want to. At first that might be finding a minute here and there, but over time you might find you get more out of doing slightly longer meditations say from five to ten minutes. Many people stay there and get a lot of benefit from that. Some go on to build a daily practice of twenty minutes, forty minutes or even an hour. A few like to do two hours or more every day. But start small and find out how much you want to do. If you like it you can always do more.
Am I going to have to meditate everyday?
As above, you don’t have to do anything. If you just learn enough meditation to do it whenever you feel like it, that’s great. Whenever you meditate you are likely to get some benefit and feel a bit better, even if you just do it once in a while. On the other hand those that do keep going and end up building a regular practice into their lives tend to experience the more profound benefits that show up in every aspect of their lives. Unfortunately you do actually have to meditate regularly to get those benefits.
How much does it cost?
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