Practicals of Meditation
Primary series of guided classes for self-practice
This is a short and unique introductory series of classes conducted by Shin aimed at the basics and practicalities of meditation in guiding the independent practitioner of all levels for the purpose of dedicated, confident and clean self-practice at home. You do not need any specific background or beliefs, special 'skills' or knowledge to attend the classes - there is no pre-requisite.
The series has been the first of its kind in practicalities balanced with tinges of discourse on concepts. This is not a theory class on meditation - growth is greatly perpetuated by and permeates individual experience and not solely through intellectual learning.
Who is this series suitable for?
This is suitable for anyone who has not tried meditation yet, tried it a few times but never seemed to get into the flow (be it guided or non-guided) and also for practitioners of any level who wish to root in the basics of this practice. To meditate right, proper guidance is encouraged as you progress but note that there are no fixed or 'shoulds/should-nots" ways of how one should practice or slip into the meditative state. Spiritual practices are individual and unique to your own experiences.
What is this series about?
Meditation is a state, a quality, a result from certain necessary cultivation through practice that may pervade all aspects of your daily life when consciously living. We cannot "do" it, but we can "be". And rather through conceptual learning through the mind, the focus of this primary series is through practical experience to achieve the first forms of understanding and realisation. Hence there will be little focus on theory but some balance on discourse/discussions and questions for self-contemplation/inquiry for personal growth. Should you simply be looking for external interpretations of your personal experiences, this is not for you.
To flower, the necessary conditions (environment and atmosphere) must be set up within oneself. Including the germination of seeds planted since the past which is not limited to your lives or minutes.
The process is worked on, the result is not the goal. We meditate not to boost our ego, follow trends, obtain occult abilities or to fulfil expectations of a quieter mind, softer body and better health, though physical tangible and visible benefits usually come as a side benefit of dedicated self-practice, they should never form the basis or desire of your practice. The purpose we teach is to transcend and transform our current selves to go above and beyond at any point in time. We realise and train our strong and stable minds in the process, revealing a stable state on all levels. At times, there can also be unexpected insightful experiences that we cannot explain using the intellectual mind.
What will be covered?
The practicals of a basic meditation practice is covered, accumulated over Shin's years of meditation practice. Every class is unique and catered to the turnout of the students.
To become meditative is a holistic experience.
We will cover the series in two halves, the external and the internal. This includes simplistic practicals of setting up individual-ideal conditions for meditation in steps to create distance and to go deep. You will learn how to prepare yourself for your meditation practice.
In this series, a few key meditative preparatory exercises will be covered for your progressive experiences prior to the pure meditative practice of simply "to-be". This includes the focus through sound, focus through breath, focus through mantra or object and finally, silent meditation (through 'being').
Breath: its deep importance and inevitable relationship with (our) Life and health (cleanse, balance and Ujjayi)
Sound: vocalisation of your unique vibrations for resonance and grounding
Single-point: bringing back and forward the awareness as your initial point to your meditation journey
Silence: the ultimate process and experience of the workshop and roots of your own practice
There may be discourse on some common 'pitfalls' or challenges of the practice stemming from the mind and how one can identify them as they unconsciously slip into these during their independent practice, spread throughout the classes. This ranges from the typical misconceptions of the practice and also addresses initial individual challenges as one progresses through their journey. In-depth discussions will only be covered in the Intermediate Series and the Theory Discourse workshops.
Meditation through movement is not covered and there will be little usage of complicated terms in the primary series to simply focus on the individual experience and the practicals (to reduce intellectual usage through sectioning of mind). Terms and deeper conceptual learning will be covered in the Intermediate class for those who are keen as an optional learning.
When and how is this conducted?
This series will unfold in two main sessions over two consecutive days, plus attendance of that month's meditation circle. Commitment to all three sessions are compulsory other than unforeseen and uncontrollable events regarding your presence - please kindly commit to the dates prior to registration.
Should the dates not work for you, do kindly express your interest in attending and I am happy to open a refreshed series for you with minimum two pax in good timing.
All graduates of the series of Meditation workshops by Shin are welcome to attend the monthly Meditation Circle of support, to experience the power of the collective group dynamics that a solitary practice will not provide.
Practicals of Meditation Series
Pax: Classes are held small to ensure attention is given to every student. Maximum class size of 8 people.
Day and dates:
**This series will only be held once every 6 months in 2020
December: Please note that this will be the LAST workshop for the year for the Introductory series.
2nd Dec 2019: Part 1/2
3rd Dec 2019: Part 2/2
Part 1/2: 830 - 1030am
Part 2/2: 800 - 1030am
Meditation Circle 15 Dec: 815 - 10am
Classes are always in the mornings to soak in the energies of the morning's sun.
The 1 Space @ 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace,
*All sessions are intended to root in the basics. Please do NOT be late. Fees are inclusive of 2 main classes + a nominal donation for participation of that month's meditation circle to seal in the practice.