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Coming to a Let’s Meditate event

What do I need to bring?

Yourself! The beautiful thing about meditation is that this is all that is needed. However, it is preferable if you can shower, wear clean loose-fitting clothes and not eat a large meal beforehand.

Do I have to be able to sit in the lotus position?

No. You can meditate well in a chair – as long as you are sitting upright. In our classes most people sit on a chair, but we do have some cushions if you prefer to sit on the floor. We do not recommend that you practise meditation lying down – as more often than not you will fall asleep!

I have never practiced meditation before. Is that OK?

That is fine. Our meditation courses always start from the very beginning. However, if you have meditated before then it is all good practise!

Getting started with daily meditation at home

It’s good to establish a fixed time of day to meditate and make it a part of your daily routine. The best times are first thing in the morning when you wake up, after returning from work/study in the evening or at the end of the day before you go to bed.

To start with, just set aside a few minutes and don’t try to force yourself to sit for long periods trying to meditate. 5 minutes where you focus are better than an hour where your mind drifts.

Before you sit down to meditate, have a wash/bath/shower to feel refreshed. Put on clean, light and comfortable clothing and sit in a comfortable position with your back upright. Use a chair, cushions, a wall to rest against – whatever you need to get into a comfortable and upright position that you can easily sustain for your meditation.

If you find it hard to enter into meditation to start with, don’t give up! Everyone has challenges in the beginning but the difficulties will definitely surrender to a little perseverance.

Good luck!