Weekly Secular Meditation
Welcome Meditator's of All Schools and Experience Levels
Free of charge and Open to all
Join our weekly meditation meeting at 18:30 every Thursday at Gilpin House, 14 Rodney Road, New Malden, Kingston upon Thames KT3 5BL (tel: 079 3201 1848). The format is one hour of guided meditation, music and silence. Members who have the time are welcome to stay and chat over a cup of green tea.
This informal weekly drop-in group is open to anyone who has an interest in mindfulness meditation. Come and try this friendly, gentle session. With seating on chairs, you will be guided through a mindfulness meditation with the opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion. There is no burning of incense, talk of universal energy, hidden religious undertones or any talk of angels, crystals or chakras (sorry!)
This get-together is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with our mindfulness practice as well as each other, but most importantly to spend time in a safe and protected space in the spirit of maintaining our sense of balance, health, wellbeing and compassion.
Mindfulness promotes your emotional intelligence (EI) – strengthening mental resiliency, building a clearer mind, and embracing a happier inner self – all helping to create a brighter outlook. Enhancing all of these emotional traits and raising your self-happiness translates to better confidence, improved communication skills, and greater interpersonal relationships.
There is no charge but Meditation is not free. You pay by dropping your thoughts, by dropping your emotions, by dropping your moods. Only then you can be silent, still. You have to pay with your mind, only then you can get meditation. You cannot keep both, the mind and meditation together; either you are in the mind or you are in meditation. And there is always a subtle balance.
All teachers agree: The key to successful meditation is a regular practice; and therefore this group is looking for people who realise the benefits of meditating together and who want to make a dedicated effort to sustain a once-weekly meeting for sitting meditation (with instruction, as needed). All are welcome to stay afterwards for discussion and Clipper organic green tea with Aloe Vera.
This group is open to all schools of thought and meditation formats, and also for anyone willing to co-organise. The development of Wisdom through regular meditation practice can lead to a decrease of "suffering" as well as an increase in Inner Peace and Compassion for oneself and others.
Please join us, you are most welcome.
Change Your Focus To the Gaps
Buddha used to say that when a thought arises, note down that a thought is arising. Just inside, note it: now a thought is arising, now a thought has arisen, now a thought is disappearing. Just remember that now the thought is arising, now the thought has arisen, now the thought is disappearing, so that you don't get identified with it.
It is very beautiful and very simple. A desire arises. You are walking on the road; a beautiful car passes by. You look at it ― and you have not even looked and the desire to possess it arises. Do it.
In the beginning just verbalize; just say slowly, “I have seen a car. It is beautiful. Now a desire has arisen to possess it.” Just verbalize. In the beginning it is good; if you can say it loudly, it is very good. Say loudly, ‘I am just noting that a car has passed, the mind has said it is beautiful, and now desire has arisen and I must possess this car.’ Verbalize everything, speak loudly to yourself and immediately you will feel that you are different from it. Note it.
When you have become efficient in noting, there is no need to say it loudly. Just inside, note that a desire has arisen. A beautiful woman passes; the desire has come in. Just note it ― as if you are not concerned, you are just noting the fact that is happening ― and then suddenly you will be out of it.
Buddha says, “Note down whatsoever happens. Just go on noting, and when it disappears, again note that now that desire has disappeared, and you will feel a distance from the desire, from the thought.”
And if you can consider that a desire has arisen and a desire has gone and you have remained in the gap and the desire has not disturbed you.... It came, it went. It was there, and it is now not there, and you have remained unperturbed, you have remained as you were before it. There has been no change in you. It came and it passed like a shadow. It has not touched you; you remain unscarred.
Consider this movement of desire and movement of thought but no movement in you. Consider and dissolve in the beauty. And that interval is beautiful. Dissolve in that interval. Fall in the gap and be the gap. It is the deepest experience of beauty. And not only of beauty, but of good and of truth also. In the gap you are.