FREEDOM GROUP MEDITATION - SATURDAY MORNINGS AT 7 AM
Why meditate? In a word, freedom. Freedom from suffering, freedom from craving, freedom from depression, freedom from anxiety. When we meditate, we are free from these and other forms of suffering. Why? Because when we meditate well, there is nothing to do, nowhere to go. Just being here now. Ah, but that takes practice. And practice requires fellowship. And fellowship requires spiritual friends! We meditate together to encourage each other on the path to true freedom.
Our group is a mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced meditators, traveling the path of awakening together. We practice silent sitting meditation for the most part. However, the meditation can be guided to support beginners. No experience necessary. First-time meditators are welcome! Good for long-time meditators as well. One intention required: to meditate with other people at different points on the path in a supportive and loving environment. The basic 1-hour format is as follows:
- Meet, greet, and get settled — 5 minutes
- Sitting meditation — 20 minutes (silent or guided if necessary)
- Inquiry (aka Q&A, practice dialogue) — 10-15 minutes
- Spiritual reading (3 verses of Tao Te Ching w/ discussion) — 10-15 minutes
- End — 5 minutes
It’s ok to arrive late. A little meditation is better than none at all! Just enter the space quietly and take your place. You are welcome to attend each week or whenever you like. Meditators sit on the ground or on benches. If you prefer to sit on the ground, please bring your own mat, blanket, or cushion. If you prefer a chair, you can use a garden bench or please bring your own folding chair. First-time meditators are invited to greet the teacher before the meditation begins and request instructions.
Meditation is a gift to humanity, the way out of delusion. These weekly sessions are offered free of charge, at no cost. Space at the garden is also offered free of charge, but we accept donations as a gift to the garden for use of the space. Maintaining the garden involves several costs and expenses, so a donation to the Delray Beach Children's Garden supports the maintenance of their site. Contributing to the collection is completely voluntary and never required. No one is ever turned away for not giving.
The Noble Eightfold Path, the Beatitudes, and the Tao Te Ching serve as our primary guides to awakening. Meditation group leader Pablo F. del Real S. has been practicing sitting meditation for 13 years. He is certified in the Five Mindfulness Trainings by Thich Nhat Hanh. Pablo is the founder of The Way, a mindfulness education practice. In 2014, he discovered the equivalence of the Noble Eightfold Path and the Beatitudes.