Sat 25th May – Meditation Workshop: Being Present

Being Present is a state in which our attention is focused on what is happening in the present moment as opposed to being caught up in thoughts about the past and the future. In this practical workshop I will be teaching my favourite meditation techniques for entering the state of presence. The participants will get a direct experience of this state and learn how to cultivate it in their everyday lives.

Entering the state of being present is an effective way to subdue incessant thinking and worrying. Aside from being very enjoyable and relaxing it is also important for health. Excessive worrying and excessive mental problem-solving puts the nervous system and consequently the whole body into an agitated state that prevents rejuvenation and rest.

Most people who came across spiritual books or practices know that the state of being present is a beneficial thing, but how do you actually do it? This workshop is focused on the practical side of how to be present. You will learn specific ways of thinking and doing things that cultivate this state. This practice can then be taken into your everyday life to help with stress reduction, mental clarity and ability to rest.

This workshop is suitable for people of all experience levels – we usually have a good mixture of complete beginners and people who have been doing meditation for a while. Laingholm 11 is a private home studio that is non-religious and non-commercial. Valera is an experienced Tai Chi and Meditation teacher with 14 years of teaching experience.

You can read participant feedback from the previous workshops by looking at the comments section of previous events.

Time: 1pm to 6pm on Saturday 25th of May.

Suggested koha: $40 standard / $20 low income / $10 financially struggling. Koha is a Maori custom of making a voluntary gift to the hosts of the gathering in accordance with the guest’s means. Koha is not a fee and nobody is excluded for financial reasons.

What to bring: just yourself and an open mind. Wear layered clothing comfortable for sitting and movement. Pen and paper is ok if you feel like writing during the breaks. No electronic devices, cellphones and smartwatches must be left in your car. There will be filtered water and cups + some healthy vegan snacks will be provided during the breaks to keep your energy up (check with us if you have additional dietary requirements).

There is a warm fireplace in the practice room and a cup of herbal tea will be served at the end of the workshop, we might even have some chocolate.

UPDATE: this workshop was cancelled due to not meeting the minimum number of participants.

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