I don’t know what to bring.
You don’t need to bring anything! Meditation cushions are provided (as well as chairs), although you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. Wearing lose-fitting, comfortable clothes is suggested, especially if you would like to use a meditation cushion and learn how to sit in a traditional meditation posture. And on the topic of clothing, it is best to remove your shoes before entering the meditation space, especially if you would prefer to sit on a cushion.
I have no experience meditating.
No problem! Peace of Mindful is designed to introduce individuals to the practice of meditation. If you would like to learn how to meditate, or if it is your first time coming to Peace of Mindful, you will receive basic mindfulness meditation instruction as part of the practice. We occasionally offer in-depth classes on meditation, so check out our upcoming events!
Also, if you are an experienced meditator, or have tried it out and would like to know more, Peace of Mindful is a great place to further develop your practice.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally. Formal mindfulness training/practice is meditation. With regular practice, meditation can help you:
- relieve stress, tension, and anxiety
- experience sharper and more positive thinking
- enhance creativity
- improve concentration, self-discipline, and memory
Is Peace of Mindful a religious community?
Mindfulness training and meditation practice occasionally draw on the teachings and traditions of Buddhism, which first formally and systematically promoted and taught them. However, mindfulness is an inherent, universal quality, and contemplative/meditative practices transcend any one culture, time, or tradition.
Mindfulness meditation by and large, including at Peace of Mindful, is taught in a secular way. Our members represent a diversity of religions and/or no religion.
We believe all people can benefit from mindfulness training, regardless of their background and identity.