meditation

Learn to meditate

Take a break to meditate

Trying to cope and keep up with the pressures of our busy work and personal lives can leave you becoming susceptible to the negative effects of stress. Over time this can harm our health and quality of life.

Meditation can help manage stress and enable you to stay on top of your life and work and improve your well-being. It's purpose is to give you the means to achieve relaxation despite pressures and restore tranquillity, happiness and vitality.

The secret of meditation is that it is easy. You don’t need to worry about any special equipment or cross-legged posture; all you need is a minute to focus your mind. Taking a brief break from your daily activities to slip into a quiet space inside – you can even do it while on the move!

Meditation videos

Free classes in College

Mindfulness

quiet sunsetEach session consists of simple mindfulness movements and guided breathing meditation, and various meditations to explore mindfulness in daily life. Suitable for beginners and those looking for a regular meditation practice group.

Led by Hogetsu Baerndal, Chaplain and Mindfulness teacher and Andrew Willson, College Chaplain. In Mindfulness meditation, we draw on the practice and research of Prof John Kabat-Zinn and Prof Mark Williams and some Zen traditions. Mindfulness meditation practice is not religious. 

Tuesdays 13:05 - 13:50 at the Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, 15 Princes Gardens, South Kensington Campus, SW7 1NA. 
The sessions are currently taking place via Zoom.

Led by Hogetsu Baerndal, Chaplain and Mindfulness teacher and Andrew Willson, College Chaplain. You can subscribe to our weekly mailing list or contact us at chaplaincy@imperial.ac.uk for more information.

There is Monday Lunchtime Meditation in Hammersmith from 13:00-14:00. The address is Incubator, 80 Wood Ln, Shepherd's Bush, W12 0BZ. Please contact Gareth Lovell at g.lovell@imperial.ac.uk for more details. 

Live Online Meditation

woman listening to podcastThe Inner Space meditation centre runs a variety of live and online guided meditations. It is suitable for both beginners and those who are more experienced in meditation.

Many meditation apps also have free access including https://www.calm.com/ and https://www.headspace.com/meditation

Buddhist Meditation

buddha statueBuddhist meditation is about the cultivation of the mind through calmness and insight. 

Calmness comes from the practice of focusing attention on the breath, and insight comes from observing the body, feelings, and thoughts.

Led by Karuna Priya Chaplain and Buddhist Faith Advisor. Suitable for beginners and those seeking a regular group. 

Personalised guidance and literature are provided on request.

Fridays 13:05 - 13:50 (during term time) in Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, 10 Prince's Gardens. The sessions are currently taking place via Zoom. Subscribe to our mailing list to get updates, news and upcoming events in the weekly newsletter

For more information, please contact Karuna Priya.

Christian Meditation

pebbles and sandChristianity has a long and rich history of meditation and contemplative prayer, going back to the desert hermits and Jesus' own times of solitude and teaching on prayer. Christians now share many practices from Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Churches. There are also resonances with contemporary Mindfulness. 

The session usually involves silence and stillness and one of the following:

  • Slow reading of scripture
  • Meditation review of the day or a project
  • Using imagination to encounter the gospels
  • Using experience and emotions in prayer
  • Discernment when making changes in life

Mondays 13:05 - 13:40 during term time, in Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, 10 Prince's Gardens. The sessions are currently taking place via Zoom.

You can subscribe to our weekly mailing list or contact: chaplaincy@imperial.ac.uk for more information.