Meditation for Beginners (click here for intermediate class info):
- Meets first Monday of each month 7:15-8:30p
- 885 North High Street, Worthington OH 43085
- Free (Suggested donation: $5) Paypal option for donation
- Free, easy parking
- Please check the Facebook page or call to verify the group will meet the night you plan to attend. You can also email me to receive the weekly meeting reminder email
All faiths and beliefs are welcome. Although mindfulness concepts are a part of Buddhist traditions, this class is non-denominational and all-inclusive. Please dress comfortably. Cushions and chairs are available, as well as pillows and blankets – bring a yoga mat if it is medically necessary for you to lie down to meditate. Class usually consists of a grounding exercise, 30 minute instruction/discussion, 24 minute guided meditation, followed by debriefing/sharing about the meditation experience if time allows.
The goal of this class is to be inclusive, trauma-informed and to assist attendees with being able to explore and develop their own mindfulness or meditative practice. Multiple meditative approaches will be introduced for this purpose. No prior experience is assumed, and I do not consider any type of practice to be universally appropriate for all individuals as a starting point. I am always happy to offer suggestions for tailoring practice to individual needs.
The group is small (6-12) and sometimes allows for informal discussion related to mindfulness, but please see me privately to discuss personal, emotional or mental health concerns. As with any group setting, confidentiality of personal information shared in class cannot be guaranteed, but respect for the privacy of others is urged. Please refrain from advice giving when attendees ask questions, to respect the sacred space for the seeker to sit with the question and/or interact with the teacher.
This is a safe space for all earnest inquiries into mindfulness, meditation, and the nature of being. Those who have the courage to ask and explore honest questions that reflect where they really are in their journey will gain the most from the class.
To help make the most of this sacred time and space for yourself and others, please allow yourself to arrive at least 5 minutes early so you can have time to get settled, use the restroom, get tea, etc. Sometimes delays are inevitable. If you arrive late, please silence all electronic devices and enter as quietly as possible.
For the comfort of attendees who may be sensitive to chemical scents, please also refrain from wearing perfume or fragrances to class, and be aware that fabric softeners, air fresheners and cigarette fumes are also a problem in a small room for those with sensitivities.
Live meetings and recordings of some meetings are available through YouTube or Google Hangouts. Contact me to let me know if you plan to attend virtually so I can make sure this option is available and I will know to watch for your questions or comments.