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!
Take a mindful moment
Your day-to-day activities offer ample opportunities to call up mindfulness in any moment. These simple practices will breathe space into your daily routines.
Free classes in College
Each session consists of simple mindfulness movements and guided breathing meditation, as well as a variety of 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 in Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, 10 Prince's Gardens. For more information, please contact Hogetsu Baerndal.
Wednesdays 18.00 – 19.15 in Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, 10 Prince's Gardens. Suitable for anyone who has done any kind of meditation before. It is led by alumni of the Mindfulness courses. For more information, please contact Esther Anaya Boig.
For an all-round feel-good factor, refresh your energy levels with a meditation booster. Relax your mind body and enjoy a guided creative visualisation for a quick get-away.
In collaboration with the Inner Space meditation centre, we run a gentle ½ hour group meditation session with commentary and background music. The group is suitable for both beginners and those who are more experienced in meditation.
Every Thursday lunchtime 13.15 - 13.45 in the Seminar and Learning Centre, Sherfield building level 5. Please check below for the room number.
2 January - no class
9 January - SALC 9
16 January - SALC 8
23 January - SALC 1
30 January - SALC 8
6 February - SALC 9
13 February - SALC 8
26 February - SALC 9
You can also listen to the live webcast from your computer. Downloads are available after each session.
For more information, contact Celine Jaquet.
Buddhist meditation is about 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 for those seeking a regular group.
Personalised guidance and literature is provided on request.
Fridays 13:05 - 13:50 (during term time) in Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, 10 Prince's Gardens.
For more information, please contact Karuna Priya.
Christianity 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. Many practises are now shared by Christians from Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Churches. There are also resonances with the comtemporary Mindfulness.
The session usually involve 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.