Our Sunday services sometimes include a three-part meditation: spoken, silent, and with music.  We encourage our congregation to cultivate the benefits of meditation into their daily lives.

With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated. It can even affect our health. We are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate! But meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance.

Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition. This is a profound spiritual practice you can enjoy throughout the day, not just while seated in meditation.

Anyone can benefit from the inner peace that comes from meditation, Buddhist or not.

To explore basic techniques of mediation, the How-To-Meditate website provides excellent content and links, as well as a 12-minute video introduction “Meditation for Beginners”.

Occasionally, Rev. James leads an introductory course on three kinds of meditation practices: creative visualization, Buddhist mindfulness, and how to lead and participate in a healing circle. As so many of us are searching for truth and meaning in our lives, these meditation practices may open for us a gateway to a new way of living, from the inside out.

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