October 14, 2010
Last month I wrote about how I created a meditation space in my home. I have noticed that in all the books and articles I’ve been reading, the movies I’ve been watching, and the research I’ve been doing, meditation is commonly recommended as a way to improve your life. So I figured it’s time to give it a whirl. Well apparently I’m not the only one heading this way, as today there was a big piece on meditation in the Sacramento area, in the Sacramento News & Review.
The article is titled ‘Calm Down: Can Sacramento meditation practices help us learn to quiet the noise and cultivate appreciation for our world?” It briefly mentions that people practice meditation for any number of reasons – stress relief, pain relief, emotional balance, self-awareness, and to cultivate a spirit of kindness and compassion. It highlights various places in the Sacramento area, where people can go to meditate.
Davis Shambhala Meditation Center (Tibetan Buddhism) – They practice shamatha meditation, which means peaceful, calm, abiding. They focus on breath, and study mindfulness, awareness, and loving-kindness. (http://davis.shambhala.org)
- Episcopal Church of St. Martin (Walking Meditation) – They walk a labyrinth, for their meditation. Walking the labyrinth encourages contemplation, relaxation, and prayer. (http://churchofstmartin.org/about-us-and-media/labrynith-project/)
Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group (Sangha Meditation) – Their purpose is to create a spiritual community, practice generosity, and cultivate mindfulness. (www.sbmg.org)
Sacramento Insight Meditation (Theravada Buddhism) – They practice vipassana, or insight/mindfulness meditation, and focus on the 4 foundations of mindfulness: contemplation of the body, feelings, mind and dharma. (www.sacramentoinsightmeditation.com)
- Self-Realization Fellowship (Raja Yoga) – They practice kriya yoga, which is an advanced technique of meditation, is said to lead to “a realization of God and liberation of the soul from all forms of bondage”. (http://www.yogananda-srf.org/)
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm (Sivananda Yoga) – They focus on relaxation, breathing, exercise (yoga), diet, and meditation. (www.sivanandayogafarm.org)
Valley Streams Zen Sangha (Soto Zen Buddhism) – They practice zazen, or sitting meditation. They are very disciplined, and believe in training the mind. They use incense, bells, bowing, chanting, and walking meditation. (www.valleystreamszen.org)
If you live in the Sacramento area, and are looking for a place to practice meditation, join a meditation group, or just want to learn more about meditation, feel free to visit any of the sites listed above. They all welcome new people, and beginners.
Here is a link to the complete article: http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/calm-down/content?oid=1857928.