The Free Community Meditation Group of Gainesville, Florida meets regularly every Friday at 8:45am at Sanctuary Yoga (530 North Main Street).
This course will be focused on developing the technique of Sudarshan Kriya, a breath-centered technique useful in managing stress and difficult emotions. This technique can also be helpful in maintaining a greater energy level.
Please register in advance.
Dates: October 9-13 (Wed-Sunday)
Venue: Reitz union, University of Florida
Timings: 6:30pm -10:00pm on weeknights and 10am-4pm on weekends
Shana Smith is a Gainesville musician, chanting leader, meditation event organizer, and parent. She has been working steadily on the blog Meditation Practice for Moms and Dads. Shana shares anecdotes and insights here that any parent with a meditation or spiritual practice will appreciate. Even non-parents will enjoy her writing.
Here is an excerpt:
MEDITATION PRACTICE FOR MOMS AND DADS, Tip #23: Here in Florida, we talk about hurricanes a lot. The other day, my daughter was asking me about the eye of the hurricane. We talked about how it is supposed to be very beautiful and almost mystically calm when the eye passes over. She noted that “If a really big hurricane comes, I would just find my way to the eye and just stay in there.” My meddling monkey mind thought about this for a moment and chimed in: “Oh, no. The eye is right in the middle of it. You’d be stuck. How would you get out? What if you can’t stay there and the worst parts of the hurricane are right there? Best to get as far from the hurricane as possible.” My daughter’s response: “Momma, you can just stay in the eye until the hurricane eventually runs out of energy. Then you are never blown away, and you get to experience something really amazing.” Whoa. Never, EVER underestimate the natural Divine wisdom of a 9-year old. See you in the Eye.
On Sunday, September 29th, YES+ Gators is organizing a special Yoga and Meditation session that will include Dance Yoga, Pranayama (breathing technique) and the Pancha Kosha (five sheaths) Meditation with Sai, a dynamic teacher from Tampa!
Entry is free! Come along with friends and family! Sept 29th, 10am in Matthews Suite, Reitz Union (4th floor), University of Florida.
Please RSVP if you would like to attend.
If you have any questions, please reach Tushar at the following phone number: (352) 871-2394.
A group has begun offering non-faith-based breath work and silent meditation at Unity Church, 8801 NW 39th Ave Gainesville, FL 32606. Keith R. and Michelle M. are facilitators. Please call 352-284-6428 or 352-403-4742 for more information.
UPDATE: The Tuesday 7pm meditation group has been cancelled.
Also, please join the Gainesville Meditation Facebook Group to keep up with special events taking place in Gainesville since this group is updated more frequently than this tumblr page.
Gainesville supports a large community of individuals deeply committed to their personal wellness and spiritual practices. Meditation is a big part of many practitioner’s routines, and Gainesville offers many opportunities to learn how to meditate and to share time in meditation and personal reflection with others.
However, there are many in Gainesville that could benefit from a meditation practice. They may not have ever heard about meditation, don’t realize how beneficial it can be, or don’t realize that there are many opportunities to get started in their own hometown.
We thought it would be a good way to raise awareness of the benefits of meditation practice if residents of Gainesville that meditate could share their personal stories about how they got into meditation along with concrete examples of how meditation has helped them improve their own lives, their relationships with family and friends, and the way they deal with life in general. We would share these stories on http://gainesvillemeditation.com.
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Many have asked if the Free Community Meditation Group could meet evenings after 8pm. We have decided to start meeting evenings in addition to our usual Friday morning 8:45am meeting.
The Free Community Meditation Group will be meeting this Thursday September 20th at 8:30 pm. The following week and every week from then the Free Community Meditation Group will meet on Monday at 8:45pm.
Our goal is to support, learn from and teach any and all levels of practitioners interested in sitting meditation, beginners and old timers welcome!
All belief systems welcome. Are you new to meditation and want to learn how to start a practice? Join us!
Are you a seasoned practitioner steeped in tradition and wanting to share your knowledge and possibly add to your experience?
ALL levels of practitioners are welcome, even those with no previous meditation experience. Come help us explore different approaches and techniques for a seated practice and get centered before the weekend starts.