Meditation More Common?

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. (
  • Episcopal Church of St. Martin (Walking Meditation) – They walk a labyrinth, for their meditation. Walking the labyrinth encourages contemplation, relaxation, and prayer. (
  • Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group (Sangha Meditation) – Their purpose is to create a spiritual community, practice generosity, and cultivate mindfulness. (
  • 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. (
  • 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”. (
  • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm (Sivananda Yoga) – They focus on relaxation, breathing, exercise (yoga), diet, and meditation. (
  • 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. (

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:


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2 Responses to Meditation More Common?

  1. Salinya says:

    I practice mindfulness meditation daily and I know that because of this daily routine I have reached a more calm and positive perspective in life. I’ve read some of the websites posted and am going to read through the rest. I appreciate this post. Thanks for sharing this!!!

    • Katherine says:

      I’m glad you found some value in the post. I just started meditating myself, but hope to have the same results you have. I gather that it can be really life-changing. Here goes!

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