WEEKLY MEDITATION CLASSES ON THURSDAY EVENINGS

  • Day

    Thursday evenings

  • Time

    7.30-8.45pm

  • Teacher

    Alana Notman

  • Where

    Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, 20 High Cross Avenue MELROSE TD6 9SU (The Hall next to the church)

CLASS FORMAT

Breathing meditation

Classes start with a 15-minute breathing meditation, which is guided by the teacher – designed to settle the mind and let go of distractions, in order to get the most out of the session.

Talk on the topic

The middle of the class consists of practical teachings that offer us a deep insight into the power of our mind. Understanding our mind empowers us to improve our experience of daily life. Each week is self-contained but the topics covered will vary each week exploring a variety of meditations that can be reproduced at home.

Concluding meditation

The final meditation will last around 10-15 minutes and vary depending on the focus for the week. This will help us to improve our practical experience of meditation and enable us to carry the insights we gain into our daily life.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

NEXT COURSE, Letting Go of Worries, 15 Nov – 13 Dec

The drop-in classes (General Programme classes) consist of talks and guided meditations suitable for everyone. The emphasis is on integrating Buddha’s teachings into our lives.
Although taught as a series, each class is self-contained.

By learning to rely upon peaceful positive attitudes for our peace of mind, we can start to break this bad habit of worrying. In this course, you can learn how to accomplish this.

The teachings are based on Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book ‘How to transform your life’ (available to download as a free eBook)

week 1: Where does worry come from

week 2: Understanding the mind

week 3: How to transform our mind

week 4: Keeping calm

week 5: How to stay positive

Fee: £35/ 5-week course if you book online or £10/ drop-in class

*** Please note that online bookings are non-refundable.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Alana has been practising meditation and studying Buddhism for many years. She brings to her teachings a wealth of practical ways to use Buddhist meditation, sharing her appreciation and experience of the many benefits for our relationships and happiness. Alana studies on the Foundation Programme and will be teaching a regular evening class in the Scottish Borders from June 2017. She is known for her practical, down-to-earth and light-hearted approach.

What people are saying about meditating at KMC Edinburgh?

“This meditation course was for me a new way to frame my thoughts about meditation… both content and organisation made it a thoroughly satisfying, thought provoking experience.” – Ruth

“Very interesting, inspirational, spiritual, and therapeutic!” – Katerina

“Very practical solutions to anxiety and stress. Core buddhist teachings. The teacher is very experienced, and the people are super friendly.” – Ron

What does the class entail?

Each class consists of a breathing meditation to settle the mind, a short talk exploring an aspect of training in mindfulness and a second meditation based on the ideas raised. The session concludes with some take away advice that can be practised beyond the sessions allowing the benefits to pervade our life.

Do I have to attend all 4 weeks?

No, each class is self-contained and can be attended on a drop-in basis. However, it is beneficial if possible to attend the entire series of classes.