Learning to Meditate
A transformative experience
The ancient practice of meditation is firmly rooted in the world's great spiritual traditions. For more than 5,000 years, people of all cultures and religions have used meditation to enhance their mindfulness and their spiritual and mental well-being. The truths discovered through meditation are universal.
At its essence, meditation allows the mind to rest, and the attention to focus on a single subject—an image, spoken word, mantra, spiritual theme or the breath. With training and a little practice, anyone can experience the bliss of meditation.
Meditation strengthens and trains the mind, which makes you more effective in your daily life and helps you gain self-awareness, inner peace and focus. It can:
- Clear your mind and dispel negative thoughts
- Deepen your self-understanding
- Foster calmness, patience, contentedness and self-confidence
As you continue with meditation, you will come to a deeper self-understanding, leading to personal growth and greater inner freedom. Ultimately, you come to know yourself as pure, conscious, free and in unity with all. Many meditators experience a profound transformation.
We want to help you make meditation a wonderful part of your life. If you are interested in learning about meditation and related practices, this is the place to start.
We introduce participants to meditation in many forms, beginning with simple exercises to focus attention and expand awareness, including reflection (resting silently with words of deep meaning) and mantra meditation. We emphasize mantra meditation (meditating on a silent, repeated sound), which is particularly simple and effective for most people. The deepest forms of Advaita meditation can lead to self-discovery and the experience of freedom and unity. We encourage you to try them all and decide which meditation is best for you.
Explore meditation on your terms
The Advaita Meditation Center provides a warm, comfortable and supportive environment for meditation. We are committed to individualized instruction and support in the practice of meditation for everyone, from novices to veterans.
Reliable & helpful instruction
Our meditation practices and initiations are guided and authorized by one of the most widely respected teachers of Advaita, His Holiness, Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal, the Shankaracharya of the Sringeri Math in India. You will find our teachers to be enthusiastic, down-to-earth meditators with decades of experience in helping others to enjoy and experience satisfying meditation.
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