by Naomi Ozaniec
Meditation classes are widespread and popular. Classes are now spreading into the workplace and, in some instances, into schools. Details about local classes can be found through the library or through community information and the Internet will provide plenty of information about different courses. Joining a class offers many advantages: proper instruction, peer support and friendship, the chance to ask questions or raise difficulties and the opportunity for regular practice among like-minded people.
Classes will differ in content but typically a meditation class will last for an hour-and-a-half. The session might also include opening prayers to attune the mind for meditation, simple guided meditation, a teaching on how to solve problems in daily life, a longer meditation session, time for questions and answers and closing prayers followed by light refreshments. Meditation classes, especially in the cities are often part of an international network of students and teachers. A simple meditation class opens a door into a wider spiritual community and a different life with new opportunities: weekend courses, retreats, more intensive teaching, travel and spiritual companionship.
It was once impossible to find a meditation teacher outside Asia, but in this global age of travel and cultural cross-fertilization, noted teachers from many different traditions now teach all around the world. This is a wonderful time to join a class and become part of a great movement for change and peace.
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