Mindfulness meditation for gay and bi men
Meetings every Monday except Bank Holidays
Friends Meeting House
8 Hop Gardens (a pedestrian lane off St Martins Lane)
Time: 7.30 – 9.15 pm
£8 concessions (students and unwaged)
Nearest tube: Leicester Square or Charring Cross
Contact: Nick, 07910 224 560
To find the venue look for a pedestrian lane between Cote and Gym Box:
Community, friendship and well-being for gay and bi men:
- start the week in a calm environment
- learn skills to help you let go of stress and nagging thoughts
- learn a natural way to deal with addictions
- improve you sense of self worth and confidence
- meet some nice people!
Chairs are available so you can come straight from work without needing a change of clothing.
No need to book – just turn up, sit down and relax. There are also mats and cushions for those who would like to sit on the floor.
If you are new to meditation then you are very welcome. The sessions are fully guided so you’ll be led through the meditation session.
Likewise if you already have a practice you are welcome to come and sit and let my voice be in the background, enjoying the support of a community of men meditating together.
The evening consists of a series of guided meditations during which you are led into a state of focused awareness If you are new to meditation you will receive full instruction on how to engage with the practice starting with a body scan that leads into attending to the sensations of the breath. This is followed by a ten minute walking meditation or mindful movement practice.
We then break for tea, which lasts about 20 minutes. The tea break provides an opportunity to meet with other participants as well as being an opportunity to stretch your legs! Alternatively you can continue sitting quietly in the meditation room. During the tea break I’ll meet with any new members and you’ll have a chance to ask any questions.
After the tea break there is either a short talk on a theme related to meditation or group discussions among participants on a particular theme. This is followed by the Loving Kindness meditation which has as its focus the internal expression of well-wishing towards oneself and then a friend and finally all beings. This meditation is also fully guided.
After the class some of us go to a nearby bar where there is a quiet upstairs room reserved for us. This gives another opportunity to meet, chat, make new friends and socialise in a relaxed and friendly environment.
The class has a wide range of ages, ethnicities and backgrounds among those attending. So if you are curious please come along and find out if this is for you!
|7.30 – 7.40||Opening circle – a chance to connect with the other participants||Saying your name and a word about how you are feeling right now as you arrive at the class.|
|7.40 – 8.10||Guided body scan and mindfulness practice||A guided mindfulness meditation with the focus on the breath|
|8.10 – 8.20||Mindful movement||Bringing mindfulness to simple movement|
|8.20 – 8.40||Tea break – the mid evening social||The tea break provides an opportunity to socialize. In this first week of attending the group I’ll meet with you and any other new people during the tea break to have a chat and see if you have any questions.|
|8.40 – 8.55||Reflection or group discussion||After the tea break I give a reflection on a topic related to meditation. On the first Monday of the month we go into smaller groups of about 5 or 6 people to discuss a topic and learn from each other.|
|8.55 – 9.15||Loving Kindness practice||It can be so easy for the mind to find fault and criticize. We all experience our inner critic! This practice opens us to the possibility of wishing ourselves and others well, with a loving and open heart.|
|9.20 – 9.25||Closing circle||Sharing one word to close the evening.|
|9.25 – 9.30||Clear up||Resetting the room if you have time to help.|
The teacher: Nick learnt to meditate in 1990. He started teaching as an undergraduate, where he ran a Buddhist Meditation Society. On graduating lived in an urban Buddhist community for 3 years. He then trained as a Buddhist monk for 6 years in a UK based monastery of the Thai forest tradition. He’s lived in London from 2004 and set up the gay and bi men’s mindfulness group in 2009.