Every Friday 5pm – 5.30pm (UK). (room opens 4.45.pm)
Out of a life of meditation, spiritual practices and group work was conceived this coming together for the experience of simply being. These regular sessions are a silent, meditative facilitating of non-dual presence, unconditioned awareness and the cultivation of pure, emptiness, beyond time and without boundaries. This facilitating of the pure unknown and unknowable aims to reset our true, natural state. Silence and emptiness are doors to the all-pervading presence of cosmic unification, our birthright, yet it is the reality that very few people are comfortable with approaching.
Just being together, without speaking, quietly sitting, as we have done since the beginning of time.
New password for all meetings
The usual waiting room will no longer be used and instead, all of the sessions will now make use of the password, which is: peace.
The door is open from 4.45pm and closed from 5pm when we start the meditations, so please arrive before then to settle in.
Join the Zoom room from 4.45pm to settle in.
Starts promptly on the hour.
A soft bell will ring on the hour and again at half-past.
Having your camera on helps us connect.
Your microphone will be automatically muted.
This is a deeply calm and safe space for you to settle into your own heart and natural presence.
I encourage you to:
– Make sure your space is quiet and you won’t be disturbed.
– Close your eyes or soften a downward gaze, to lessen any distractions.
– Remain alert but relaxed (not slouching or sleeping).
– No need to apply any techniques.
– Have a gentle, innocent curiosity about what’s happening, perhaps like a content baby.
– Focus on how you feel, rather than on your thoughts, but don’t push anything away.
There are countless meditation techniques but it is enough to just rest in awareness in our group.
After some time observing your thoughts they can get ‘softer and deeper’ as the felt sense of sitting together becomes more important. If this is too strange for you, here is a guided mindfulness session I recorded, that can be a stepping stone.
Why should we meditate together?
Groups of people have come together to sit quietly since the beginning of humanity. It is a very healthy activity and necessary for health and wellness. In our small group, we honour the sacred silence of life as we sit, bringing our whole self and where each of our most personal, inner experiences live, which cannot ever be described or shared with words. We share silence and support each other, going beyond our individual personal selves, receptive to unconditioned (non-dual) awareness.
New: Conscious Dialogue
Every first Friday of the month starting May 7th
Directly following the silence, we will turn our microphones on for an additional half an hour as the room will be open for conscious verbal communication.
I encourage you to stay in a meditative state. You might like to share an insight, a word, a koan or ask a question relating to your spirituality. We will aim to nurture a spirit of calm, equanimity and compassion. Connecting in this way helps create community also known as sangha.
It will be good to truly experience what arises from the silence and awareness together, if anything at all…
Let’s see what naturally arises as we hover in gentle being, at the gateless gate of pure potential!
I hope you’ll join me before 5pm as usual for meditation until 5.30pm then for conscious dialogue until 5.55pm, then five more minutes of silent meditation and a final bell at around 6pm.
In peace and service,
All conscious beings have access to an original state of unstructured awareness, known as unconditioned mind, true nature or non-dual awareness.
“Your ‘I am’ has appeared and you experience it. You can only watch the events happen. You can’t use Consciousness to do or undo anything. Prior to the appearance of this form, I was neither being nor no being. Consciousness has to appear in this form so this form can recognise Consciousness.”
– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.
“I am closer to you than your jugular vein.”
– Hadith Qudsi
“The nature of consciousness is the same for everyone. The real nature of our being, at the level of core purity of who we are is that we have access to a state of unstructured awareness. It’s always there. It’s the original consciousness, within which we can manifest in this type of embodiment.”
– Peter Fenner. https://youtu.be/OzIthiGrdfc