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There is no dress code, simply wear what you feel most comfortable in. In meditation sessions, it is helpful to bear in mind that we may be sitting on stools or cushions for extended periods, so clothing which allows freedom to do this is ideal.

 

You don’t need to bring anything with you to sessions. However, some people like to bring a bottle of water, a notepad (for recording any reflections after the meditation) and their own meditation stool/cushion if they prefer. Meditation stools, cushions and mats will be provided. There will also be a donation bowl at each session, which is completely optional.

Zen meditation is a practical, relevant and suitable practice for all, no matter how much experience of meditation you have. It is highly recommended that those with little experience of meditation (or little experience of the Zen tradition) comes along to one of our 60-minute introductory sessions (please see our timetable for upcoming dates). The introductory session will enable you to learn more about the Zen approach and practise a few basic meditation techniques to get you started. Our drop-in sessions are simply an opportunity to develop your practice and meditate with other like-minded people, therefore level of experience is irrelevant. Similarly, our courses do not require any previous meditation experience. It is often very helpful to have a range of experience within the groups and to learn from each other.

Yes, in 99.99% of cases! In fact, meditation has been proven to be extremely helpful for a lot of medical conditions and can help to deal with chronic pain (please see our list of health benefits on our homepage). In order to meditate, you simply need to be able to still your mind, and there are many postures in which you can do this (sitting, standing, moving, lying and so on). When registering for a session, please mention your condition on the request form so that we can put any suitable preparations in place and answer any questions you may have.

However, please note that meditation practice can be unhelpful for those suffering with paranoia or schizophrenia, as it can worsen symptoms in some circumstances.

In order to ensure that we get the most out of our sessions (and to prevent disturbances), it is advised that you arrive at least 5 minutes before the start of a session. If you are running late, please contact a member of HedZen so that we can let you into the session quietly. You are free to leave the session whenever you wish, however we ask that you leave as quietly as possible so as not to disturb the rest of the group.

It is very much the choice of the individual. Zen meditation makes use of a number of meditation postures- sitting, walking, lying and moving, for example. Some meditation techniques are more effective in certain postures and it is recommended that individuals use a meditation stool or cushion to encourage an upright and ‘active’ position. Some individuals, due to medical conditions or injuries, may prefer alternative postures. A choice of meditation stools, cushions, mats and chairs will be available at sessions.

Yes, Zen meditation will bring positive changes for anyone who continues to practise. Zen meditation is accessable and relevant to all people, through its simple yet profound teachings and practical techniques. Zen meditation cuts a lot of the waffle and brings the practice of meditation back to its core. It is a trusted approach, practised by thousands and followed faithfully for centuries.

There is a famous Zen saying which says ‘You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”  Generally, it is recommended that you should meditate for 20 minutes a day. However, even 5 minutes a day is more beneficial than doing none. A little bit every day (rather than long periods every now and then) is the key.

Course and session fees go towards venue, staffing, equipment and refreshment costs.

100% of donations received at sessions go towards the (charity name).

The Japanese word ‘Zen’ comes from the Sanskrit dhyana, and simply means ‘meditation’. The ancient Zen tradition goes back 2500 years, where it travelled from India to China, Japan and now more recently to the West. Zen has been described as “coming face to face with yourself in a very direct and intimate way.”

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