ZEN MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS
“I'll use the term mindfulness to refer to keeping one's consciousness alive to the present reality”
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Mindfulness and Meditation for Wellbeing
The practice of meditation and mindfulness is good for you. The evidence continues to gather and this practice is designed to help those who wish to become healthier and more efficient in their lives.
I am a Zenways student-teacher with more than 10 years of meditation practice.
I began meditating in 2009, but in 2016 everything changed when I got the opportunity to try Zen Mindfulness and Meditation. The Zen techniques I discovered were so practical and effective compared to what I’d learned about meditating so far. They had such a profound effect on me that I’ve followed these methods ever since.
One thing that is distinctive about our branch of Zen, the Rinzai tradition, is that it has hundreds of years of openly teaching meditation for wellbeing. The most important Zen master in recent centuries, Hakuin (1685 - 1768) wrote a whole book on the subject called yasenkana which was a best seller.
Although it is important to know that there are reams of theory and philosophy behind meditation in the context of many of the world's cultures, practice is what achieves the result. There is nothing special to believe in or particularly take on board. We just do it.
I am offering 8 Week courses in Zen Meditation and Mindfulness for Wellbeing, Workshops and individual sessions.
MINDFULNESS FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING
8 WEEK COURSE
‘It is not that mindfulness is the ‘answer’ to all life’s problems. Rather, it is that all life’s problems can be seen more clearly through the lens of a clear mind’ Jon Kabat-Zinn
This 8-week course is based on the fact that the brain has a property of neuroplasticity. Both the brain and the nervous system can change structurally and functionally under the influence of the signals for the environment. Learning and memory are examples of plasticity. Implicitly it follows that meditators are able to change some neural paths in the brain through meditation, and this can result in a dramatic change in your outlook on life events. This profound result of sustained practice, known for many centuries to meditation practitioners, has been confirmed by scientific studies in the last two decades.
‘Practice not-doing and everything will fall into place’ Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Course Content_ Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing
Over the course we will explore a variety of topics including:
Emotional Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Role Stress and Time Pressure
Taking care of yourself nurturing your wellbeing
Living at an Elevated Function
The meditation techniques that we cover includes:
Counting the breath
Following the breath
Mindful movement including walking meditation
The practice of presence
This mindfulness course has been designed by Zen Master Daizan Roshi, drawing on the centuries of experience and understanding passed down in the Zen tradition and accredited by the International Mindfulness Teacher Association (IMTA). This course is not Buddhist though or religious, nor does it require you to believe or follow any tradition in particular. The only requirement is to be open and willing to practice. You don’t need previous meditation experience to follow this course, but in order to gain the full benefits you will need to commit to 30 minutes of practice each day for 8 weeks.