We would love to invite you to this new and exciting on-going meditation program at the Tara Centre.
A very rare program of body / mind / heart meditation.
Somatic Meditation and Loving Kindness Meditation are brought together in this rolling on-going program every Tuesday evening at 7.00pm.
WHY DO IT?
The practice of Somatic Meditation develops an ultimate awareness of the body and of releasing anxiety, stress and especially trauma. Very gently we let go of what our body is holding on to.
The practice of Loving Kindness Meditation brings about a significant improvement in your sense of well being, understanding and connectedness to your own life and body and a feeling of connection and love to others.
This combination of the two through guided meditations, insightful bodywork, deep reflection and of the gradual maturing of your own insights take us to a place where we can feel kindness and compassion for our own life. We see how our old conditioned thoughts have blocked us and how to step out of that to form new loving connections with ourselves and others.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Starting on the 27th February with Somatic Meditation we meet every Tuesday, after 6 weeks we move over to Loving Kindness Meditation and the program just keeps on rolling from one to the other every 6 weeks.
Join in at any time and come as often as you need to, the door is always open without commitment. But, if you do commit to join in the weekly practice then you are taking giant steps to finding a peaceful anchor in your life.
A donation of £5 per session would be greatly appreciated as the Centre is only funded and stays open through donations.
Somatic Meditation is a matter of our own direct personal experience of our body and that through practice it gradually dawns in us that the fundamental nature of our body is open awareness. It is the means by which we are able to bring the expansiveness, warmth, and joy of our meditation into our daily life and integrate it with our everyday person and to create healthy patterns in our life.
Somatic Meditation develops a meditative consciousness that is accessed through the feelings, sensations, emotions, and a sense of the body itself. All we are doing is letting go of the enormous amount of stress and trauma that we hold in the body. By letting this go we realise that the ultimate meditative state is not found outside of us, in some other place; it is here.....now.
We go through a journey into the body to reconnect with every part, every atom. Guided meditations, instructions, talks, and group discussions are offered, so that everyone will have the opportunity to master a series of practices essential on the journey of finding peace in their lives.
Somatic Meditation is an ancient practice found in the more esoteric traditions of Buddhism and Taoism.
LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATION
Loving Kindness Meditation takes us many steps further than just mindfulness alone. Once we are in tune with our body we learn how to accept ourselves as we are and then accept others by feeling the deep connection that is always there. We can only see it when we can accept ourselves.
It is a wonderful realisation when we can truly accept the role that others play in our lives. The offering of unconditional love to ourselves, to people that we love, to people that trouble us and to the entire world, is a vast heart opening experience. Loving Kindness is a heart-based practice filling us with deep joy. If I look through the eyes of someone else I can see and feel who they are and develop closer relationships and learn how deep empathy can work. Loving Kindness is truly integrated into one's life by regular practice; the process becomes anchored. It puts down roots into your heart.
The Tara Centre, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH. Our entrance is located at the back of the building on Castle Park.
The Tara Centre is a not-for-profit healing sanctuary in the centre of Lancaster. Our work is underpinned by the practices of kindness, compassion, and forgiveness, bringing us to a place of self-acceptance, self-love and radical social action. We offer talks, courses, workshops and one-to-ones around these themes.
Rev Jitei White, a Zen Buddhist Priest in the lineage of Maezumi Roshi in the Soto tradition of Zen. My teacher is Genshin Roshi, a student of Genpo Roshi. I have been a practising Buddhist for 36 years and a teacher of Mindfulness Meditation, Loving Kindness Meditation, Somatic Meditation and Shikan-taza Meditation for over 20 years.
My ordination name, Jitei, means Compassionate Gardener but as time goes on I am interpreting it as Cultivating Compassion, in others and in myself.
Of cultivating open-ness and humility.
Of sharing my life as a humble monk and gardener in the service of the world.
Of sharing the Truth that Love is the universal breath of the universe, we are the expression of that Love and meditation is the act of that love.
I am a co-founder of the Tara Centre in Lancaster. A place of healing, of retreat, of offering a place so that we can come to terms with who we are.