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Learn to Meditate
Meditation has been scientifically demonstrated to have great benefits for happiness, health and well being. A regular meditation practice reduces anxiety and stress, increases focus and listening skills, develops natural compassion, and generally makes us more awake and available to the world around us.
Many people find it difficult to begin meditating, or say things like, "It's so cool that some people meditate, but I can't do it. I tried it once and I was bad at it. My mind is too speedy, too messed up, too crazy, too [insert self-loathing statement here] to meditate."
The idea that everyone possesses the innate ability to work with their own mind is at the heart of Buddhist psychology, and Secular Buddhist meditation is about developing the clarity and compassion that come from seeing your mind as it is. Anyone can do it - all you need are patience and curiosity.
HOW TO BEGIN
Attend a Group Class: The most effective way to learn meditation is through direct instruction and with the support of a group of people practicing and studying together. IDP's Introductory Classes are listed below.
Enroll in a Home Study Class: IDP offers twice-weekly audio classes available online.
Other Online Resources: Our free podcasts are a great resource to learn about meditation and Secular Buddhist psychology and philosophy.
Thu, 7/11/2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu, 7/18/2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu, 7/25/2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu, 8/1/2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm