“Completely vulnerable, yet indomitably and irrepressibly happy.”
Welcome to Inward Meditation Center, located in Utrecht’s historical city center. We view mindfulness as a training that enables you to pay more attention to what happens in your life. The results of this training are legion: better concentration, less depression and anxiety, and a larger sense of connectedness to yourself and others.
Which is not to say that mindfulness meditation is easy. Learning these techniques can be costly in terms of time and effort. Just as training a muscle expends time and effort.
That’s why we provide meditation training. Our ten-week mindfulness courses teach a number of powerful techniques that you can use to become more present for your experience as it happens. And to accept whatever is happening at the moment. This leads to the insight that you are bigger than your thoughts and emotions, and ultimately to a greater sense of control – freedom – when it comes to the day-to-day affairs of your life.
The course must eventually finish – as all things must – leaving you in charge of exercising your mindfulness muscle. You can do this at home. Some people have the discipline and stamina to take the time to meditate on a daily basis.
Most people have other obligations. A career, family, study, exercise, social obligations and whatever pursuits you still have the energy to pursue in the time left over. They all jockey for your attention. It’s entirely possible that you’ll find – mere months after having completed your mindfulness course – that your focus is gone, your anxieties and depressions have returned and you’re feeling just as isolated as you did before taking the course. Before you know it, stress has you by the throat, and the mere thought “I should probably meditate”, instead of being a healthy alternative, becomes just another stressor.
This is where Inward Meditation Center comes in. You can sign up for a course or just show up for one of our weekly walk-in mindfulness meditation sessions. Or both. We keep things simple, “down to earth”. Without any of the cultural overtones that has accrued to the practice of meditation over the centuries. At Inward Meditation Center, we don’t bow to statues. We don’t burn incense or chant mantras. Neither will there be any Japanese tea ceremonies. Beautiful as some of these practices may be, we don’t think they fit particularly well into the current Western zeitgeist.
Inward Meditation Center is located on the Oudegracht aan de Werf 5, in one of the ancient cellars that were traditionally used to store goods. You’re cordially invited to come and try us out!