Friday, 28 January 2011

Meditation in Hertford

There's been a lot of publicity recently about meditation, with items on breakfast television which included a meditator lying in a scanner, demonstrating the positive effects of meditation on brain activity. A young man who works at the Scarborough Sea Life centre was interviewed after trying a course of mindfulness meditation and he too reported that he was less distracted and felt calmer after meditation practice.

You don't have to join a religious tradition to practice meditation and feel the positive mental health benefits. But it helps to practice with a group of like minded people who can give you support to work through the first weeks when keeping up with the practice can be difficult.

As you continue with your meditation practice you may feel like you hit a wall, become discouraged and drop it. The best strategy for continuing meditation practice is to come to a group regularly, a group like the Hertfordsangha, who meet every Tuesday evening, 7.15pm at the Millbridge Room opposite the Castle Theatre. You dont have to be a Buddhist to come and try meditation, and you don't have to stay for the whole meeting. Just come for the first hour and some tea and chat. You are welcome!