MEDITATION & HEALING CIRCLE
A warm welcome to anyone who would like to join in meditation and healing space 'in person' or 'in spirit'
Non-denominational open group meeting throughout the year.
Just come along any Monday night. No limit on numbers, no booking required.
A €5 contribution covers room rental and other expenses such as tea and biscuits.
Hopefully it also provides a small balance which supports the opportunity for free events, such as Healing / Holistic Days.
All monies collected go to the running of the meditations and events and is always ploughed back to the group.
Monday night meets started on 5 November 2007 and have been held at Bective since 24 February 2014. Prior to this they were held at Ardbraccan and Hill of Tara.
Meditation & Healing Circle
Throughout the year
Every Monday evening
8pm to 10pm
Bective Mill, Meath
Intention for the Meditation
The intention for the evening is to provide a pleasant setting,
where people can relax and meditate in a self contained space.
Somewhere that the energies resonate with the core values of the group
in open heartedness,
hospitality and friendship,
for the highest good of all.
Open Heart Meditations - first Monday each month
These evenings are an important aspect of our meditation and healing nights
extending our awareness of ourselves and the diverse world surrounding us,
and integrating those within a mindful community setting.
Everyone has an interest or skill and sharing that adds to the wisdom of us all.
Bring along your favourite short piece of verse, prose, CD, photo, craftwork, crystal, flower
- anything that inspires you - to share with the group.
We also have a Library, a selection of books, tapes and cards that have been donated.
These are usually available for loan or return on the night.
Intention for the Healing Circle
This circle comes together with the intention that healings are in all realms and are for the highest good of all
Each person is responsible for their own healing – we are there to witness and support their personal process
We are simply providing a space to speak - we do not respond or react to the input
All intentions are being put out to the Universe to deal with, not to the people in the group to deal with
This is not a mini-personal healing session where you give someone reiki etc. That is done one to one or in focussed healing groups using a particular practice. It is intrusive to the people receiving the healing if such practices are done without the knowledge and consent of the person receiving. This is acting with integrity.
The healing is for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual lives of those present and in these realms for their intentions for others
Meditation centres provide a focus for the evening
Bective Mill, beside the River Boyne, across the road from Bective Abbey
It is about 4 miles from Navan, off the Trim road, heading towards Kilmessan.
The Mill was originally built in 1147 at the time the Abbey was founded by the Cistercian order from France. This was replaced in 17th century by the present large building. The Mill also has a large room in which we can hold daytime events or use in the summer months.
|At a recent meditation we were reminded of Ekhart Tolle's duck story - When two ducks get into a fight, it never lasts long – they soon separate and fly off in opposite directions. Each duck then flap its wings vigorously several times. This releases the surplus energy that built up in him during the fight. After they flap their wings, they fly on peacefully as if nothing had ever happened.|
The Meditation Experience
Physics informs us everything is composed of energetic particles, and these are continually interacting. This means that we and the energy around us is flowing and exchanging continually – the eastern traditions call it chi.
Some people sense these energies and changes more strongly than others. When we walk into a room or meet other people we interact with the energy of the room or person – there may be a feeling of homeliness and comfort or sometimes a feeling of disturbance, of something not 'right'. We are endlessly picking up information about a place and whatever is in the space whether we consciously realise this or not.
Setting the meditation space
Those that arrive first on the evening or the person 'leading' the evening set the ambience of the room with candles, lower the lights and often place a central candle or items that have pleasant associations for us. Whilst doing this we have an attitude of blessing the room and those that will be present. We set the intention that everything occurring during the evening is for the highest good of all.
Centering yourself on arrival
To be in balance with the room and all those in meditation with you, you can use this short exercise of centering: Close your eyes, take three deep breaths and relax. Feel your whole body in a restful state then imagine a central light somewhere in your body, it doesn't matter where – maybe your head, your heart area or around your navel.
Having established this place of light within you, you now place your attention above your head and 'see' a beautiful warm sun shining brightly. From this a golden thread of light emerges and links, through the top of your head, to the light within you. Next you imagine this light leaving your body through the soles of your feet and going deep into the earth, to the core. Be aware of the linking of yourself between the outer sun, your inner light and the centre of the earth.
Having set up your connections now imagine you are sitting in a bubble of white, blue or gold light, and that this extends about two feet from your body. Imagine expanding and contracting this light until you feel a state of comfort. You can also imagine changing it from being stationary to spinning around you. Once you have done this exercise a few times it becomes almost automatic.
Brain and Body Activity During Meditation
It is now accepted that your brain waves alter during meditation and hence bodily energy fields change and you become more open to sensing energies. In the Alpha state we are in a relaxed state of light meditation. During meditation we move between that and the Theta state. During this type of brain activity we may experience day dreaming, creativity, meditation, paranormal phenomena, ESP or shamanic journeys.
Relaxation is a passive state, achieved by a warm bath, reclining in a chair or watching TV. Meditation is an active process. It is different to relaxation, although the two are linked. In meditation we start by concentrating on something, maybe a visualisation story, an object, music, a beautiful sunset, any activity that occupies our brains and allows us to slow down thoughts. We intentionally quieten our busy brains. We are contacting within ourselves a place that is peaceful, rejuvenating and meaningful.
There are physiological effects of meditation including reduced blood pressure and decreased metabolic rate. You will hear people's tummies rumbling. You may find you need to swallow more. As you meditate your awareness grows and you may begin to notice aches and pains in your body, or changes in temperature. When quietening your mind it becomes calmer and more aware of these day to day feelings. As you sit you will find they go away of their own accord. Sometimes they are caused by an awkward sitting position and sometimes they are just normal adjustments in your body.
Closing the meditation
With this understanding that we have been in an altered state of being, it is obvious that a meditation should be ended calmly and slowly, as different people have different experiences and we need to make sure by the end of the evening that all are back in their Beta state. It is good to bring the experience of the meditation into your consciousness of everyday life but not to be 'up in the air' with it. We do this by 'grounding'. Often we have become so accustomed to the Theta brainwave pattern that we do not recognise within ourselves that we are not in a Beta state.
We thus send a message to the brain and body that we need to be able to react and respond to the world of everyday life by doing something physical. We may ring a bell, physically touch the floor, rub our hands together and tap over your body to awaken your muscles and circulation. This is an important part of the meditation experience.
It is also a good idea to re-affirm your place on the earth by imagining yourself in the bubble of white, blue or gold light. We finish the meditation and healing evening with a drink which supports the grounding process.
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