The Session

Current location: Tudor Room, The Old Print Works, Moseley Rd, Birmingham,  B12 9AH.

Zen Mindfulness, weekly sessions last for one hour.

What happens in each session?

Introduction: Ten minute talk with Adam from mindspace
First Meditation :  Twenty minutes
Walking Meditation:  Ten minutes
Second Meditation:  Fifteen minutes
Conclusion:  Five minutes

Each session usually begins with an spoken introduction to the practice.

The meditation sessions are unguided and a bell is used to help bring your awareness to the present moment. One bell sounds to indicate five minutes have passed. Three bells ring to indicate it is time to either start or end a session and proceed to the next step.

In each sitting session we practice zazen meditation.

Abiding in the present moment, through following the sensation of the breath.

It may be helpful when you start, to practice counting the breath.

We inhale and exhale and count one, we count like this following the natural sensation of the breath for ten rounds, the we start again from zero. We train like this until our mind is suitable focused.

After the first twenty minute session, we pause our sitting practice and engage in mindful walking around the room.

We breathe in, raise our foot, take a step, as we breathe out we place our foot on the floor. We proceed slowly like this around the room for ten minutes until we hear three bells. We then sit for another fifteen minutes following the bells.

The bells guide the meditation sessions, so please listen carefully to the introduction at the beginning of the session as there is no other guidance through the session.

Posture:

When practice zazen meditation please sit in an upright, relaxed posture.

You can sit in a chair, with both feet rested on the floor and your back straight.

Or cross legged on the floor in the lotus position.  If this is not comfortable, you can try the half lotus posture or simple sitting cross legged.  Making sure both knees are connected to the floor.

Book your place here.