Guided Mindfulness Meditation - No religion. No ritual. And No dogma. Just meditation
You've wanted to learn meditation for a while, but wish it didn't have mumbo-jumbo, ritual, dogma? Your wish has come true. Come and learn how to meditate
1. Easy Mindfulness Classes: starting again soon in 2018 (evenings). Please register your interest & location (bottom of page) for us to let you know of classes in your area. We offer:
. Guided Mindfulness Meditation - without any religion, religious ritual or dogma.
. Help you learn to be more relaxed and improve well-being
. Help you learn to cope with stress at work, home, career, relationships, loss, as well as OCD, anxiety, worry, burn-out, sleep...
2. Weekend Day-Retreats with Christ - a very full day 10am to late into the evening
. We focus on learning about meditation and examine Christ's & Buddha's teaching on the heart, mind, being in
the here & Now.
. We look at meditation and the mind itself, and examine the science
Our occasional weekend Day-Retreats are set in peaceful locations with grounds to walk,
meditate, sit under a tree or by a stream for group discussions & to have lunch.
We have had wonderful days at:
Turvey Abbey (Beds),
Amaravati (Buddhist) Retreat Centre (near Hemel Hempstead),
Haileybury College (Hertford)
Heath Mount School (Stevenage),
And locations in London, Cambridge, Oxford.
Weekend Day-Retreats Content:
. Weekend Day Retreats are steered by you the attendees. We start by making a list of what you want to
explore in terms of spirituality, well-being, lifestyle, meditation, neuroscience...
. Retreats are for getting you out of our fast and busy, busy everyday lives. For anyone who needs to get
away for a day & go on "a journey that goes inwards" into peace, love, kindness, spirituality & the
beauty of nature; with like-minded people seeking the same. Whatever your reason, our retreats are
designed to make a difference in your life - for you and for those you love.
. Retreat days are more expansive in their range of content, practice and discussion, and are typically
very lively & informative. And you come to see that we all face similar difficulties in life, and in learning
how to cope.
From £35-£55 for the whole day. Each retreat cost varies depending on the cost of our location. Locations also dictate maximum spaces & so also affect overall costs to you.
Simple buffet lunch and tea/coffee.
Speak to us if costs genuinely pose a hardship for you. We will try to offer some concession (depending on our location costs) so you can come and be on retreat, and be with Christ.
Full payment is required beforehand please.
3. Private one-to-one Skype sessions: Weekdays and some evenings. Sorry fully booked. Please call
to go on the waiting list. Skype sessions include:
. We talk about your current problems and difficulties where you need mental calm, focus, and
effective solutions in your everyday life at work and at home
. We work out which types of meditation will help you best, and during the session, practice these
along with other meditations and attitudes of mind to help you in your everyday life
. We then meditate. And plan ongoing meditation, and practice for the week ahead.
Private sessions cost £35 per hour. Or a 1.5 hour sessions £50 - this is only necessary where there are more problems / difficulties for you to discuss in order to learn coping mechanisms (eg for OCD, BP, Anxiety disorders, acute stress...)
More awareness, focus, creativity, calm, mindfulness. Less distractedness, procrastination & worrying (google “scientific benefits of meditation”)
All these factors along with improved breathing and circulation lead to increased energy, more action, plus a sense of wellbeing and happiness.
More care, compassion, and love for oneself, as well as for others; more enthusiasm & wholeheartedness for life itself.
Quality of Life
With continued practice, whether beginner or experienced, comes beneficial change for you, those around you, and your quality of life.
The Other Heart
Better heart health through more calm, less stress and improved breathing, as well as the reduction of stress-related hormones (like adrenalin and cortisol), and the increased presence of happiness-related hormones (like serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins).
About our group
- Aim to help newbies as well as cater for experienced meditators - cutting through jargon, mystery and complexity
- Discuss what you hope to gain from our meditation class to improve your life
- Help you understand what meditation is, and is not; and the meaning of increased mindfulness and awareness
- Guide you, step-by-step and without mumbo-jumbo, on how to meditate successfully and consistently
- We will practice meditation (and relaxation) in two or three forms to suit varied abilities, characters, and minds
We will NOT:
- Teach any religion - HOWEVER we do talk about Christ and His teachings on life and our state of mind.
- Aim to change your religion or faith beliefs or turn you into a hippie or anything else (all hippies are very welcome! as are young and mature, of all faiths and none)... or do anything apart from turn you into a meditator
- Teach esoteric forms or dogma or hug trees etc... We will however, help you discover how to change a part of your own world, AND how to change your mind and your heart.
Over 24 years of experience in meditation, practice, research, and thought on mind and Awareness. And I’ve been blessed to find some great teachers, people, experiences, places, and many insights along the way. BUT also learned HOW NOT TO MEDITATE from a few, including one claiming to be a lama!!
My guiding inspiration is Christ, Buddha, a few precious human beings, many books, and my meditation & family life and experience. My varied teachers are from schools of: Dzogchen; WBO; Mahayana; Oxford MBCT; and others. And as well as learning from the life and teachings of the great teachers Christ and Buddha, I have also learned from many meditation masters, and teachers, including the Dalai Lama, Dilgo Kyentse, Chokyi Lodro Kyentse, Rumi,
NOT A GURU, lama, monk, priest, lineage-holder...just a dad & husband & meditator. I know meditation. I successfully teach it.
Meditation forms I teach are derived from Tibetan Buddhism's "Dzogchen" - a direct "Nature of Mind" teaching, a style derived from and used by many traditions including the University of Oxford: Oxford Mindfulness Centre training MBCT course. I have also studied Christ teachings and The Gospels, and looked into Christian meditative prayer and chant. I include meditations that use: Mindfulness; the body; the breath; compassion; a topic of discourse, and thought itself. The range of what I teach is not only for use in class or on retreat in a peaceful place and state of mind, but MAINLY for use in the ebb and flow of your everyday life with self, family, friends, work, play.
Loves: Family, Family-values, Truth, Honour, Loyalty...Music, Creativity, the arts, computing, maths, physics, astronomy, biology, lifelong learning,...eating!, cooking. And of course Meditation, as well as the neuroscience & philosophy of how in our everyday lives, our uniquely beautiful and powerful human mind works:
it's the most complex structure we've discovered anywhere in the universe!!!
1 Your Precious Gift
All my teachers have spoken to me about a precious gift we all have within us. Yet we mostly do not live using our precious gift. It is named variously, and sadly get's caught-up in dogma, but it is one and the same thing the world over: Awareness, Consciousness, Spirit, Soul, Inner-Self, Higher-Self,... If only we come to see it, we can also see it is by far the better part of us: our higher-self.
Live in the present moment. Live in the now.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." - The Christ
You have an inner resource. Your true self:
“You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.” – Eckhart Tolle
But I cannot teach you this: you have to discover this yourself (Galileo). And one non-religious, non-dogmatic way to make this precious discovery yourself, is for you to practice a good form of meditation.
2 Your Inner Guide
Your precious gift - your "higher self" - has you looking at this meditation site.
On this day.
And has probably had you look at other similar and different sites before? As well as pick-up books and leaflets over the years?
Does this ring true for you?
How much longer will it take for you to listen to you?
Can you glimpse it's workings throughout your life?
You have brought yourself here, now.
You can turn back.
You can keep looking elsewhere.
Or you can let yourself take a positive first step to go forward to at least try something new you seem to be drawn to.
You've read this far. So perhaps you've reached that "turning point" moment to trust your higher-self, and let it guide you towards Shakespeare's "Hue of action".
If you have concerns regarding meditation, don't hesitate to contact me. Or contact me to book a Skype private meditation session.
My email is AndreAnthony at GMX.COM Or call 07580 983489