Join us in starting the week out right. Rise early and focus on self-care, through practicing love and attention. We use metta, mindfulness, and other types of meditation.
Each Monday morning at seven thirty, take the first and most important step towards mental, emotional, and perhaps even physical health by checking in with yourself and connecting deeply.
From that starting point, it is easier and more effective to work on a healthy world, if that’s what you want to do with your week.
Guidance provided in English and Dutch.
7:30 - 7:45 welcome
7:45 - 8:30 meditation
8:30 - 9:00 transition time
9:00 - 9:10 doors close
Price: € 10 — pay after the session
(however lack of funds should never be a reason to skip a meditation – just give whatever you feel is appropriate.)
Demkaweg 11 Utrecht. An office building in Utrecht Zuilen. Ring the bell for “Yogapoint” and I’ll buzz you in. Signs marked “Yogapoint” inside the building guide you to the meditation room.
Complete your registration below. Looking forward to sitting together.
I have often thought that the world could be divided into two types of people. The ones who have trouble practicing kindness towards themselves, and the ones who experience difficulty practicing it towards others. I happen to be among the latter, which has advantages and disadvantages.
The major advantage being that at least I don’t beat myself up over stuff. Instead, my default position is to look for someone to blame, which keeps my inner life nice and tidy. Of course, it happens sometimes that I am confronted with the fall-out of something I did wrong, and I will have to look inside for answers, and for apologies. But I am not the kind to assume by default that things are my fault. There is inner confidence that I’m generally capable of doing what is best for whatever problem is encountered, and that the intention is there to do good, and that that is all I can do.
The disadvantage is that I am somewhat prone to view the outside world as hostile, whereas it may very well be me that is hostile. By expecting the world to fail me, I will rather lash out at my surroundings, than examine where I might have contributed to any bad outcome.
Continue reading “Nosebleed Metta”
As you may know, living well is not about avoiding the pain of life. It’s not about resisting that which is already here. In fact, living well is about being fully present for each moment you are given. This way, your life becomes one big love affair. A love affair with both the highs and the lows of life, for they all have their place.
One way to start becoming fully present is by practicing mindfulness and metta. In Inward Meditation’s ten-week introductory course, we work at gradually deepening your mindfulness and metta practice, both by doing formal meditations and through your day-to-day life, however it is. Week by week, we gently experiment with these dimensions of being human, culminating in the rediscovery of that aspect of yourself that is not impacted by any experience.
Join this course to acquaint yourself with a radically different way of being. To reacquaint yourself with who you truly are, and have always been, beyond all the drama that daily life can make us believe is essential to us. In fact, we sometimes go through life convinced that our anger, anxiety or depression are essential features of ourselves. But they are not, and you can be convinced of that fact by the evidence of your own direct experience.
If you’ve previously taken a course in mindfulness or meditation, participating in this course can also be beneficial. Each time you delve more deeply into these rarely visited realms of being, your picture of reality becomes just a little bit more clear. The result? More happiness, a deeper connection to the items of your life that are important to you, and more freedom to choose your own responses to life’s beautiful challenges.
Rediscover your personal love affair with life. Join the Inward Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Course.
With much love,
Merijn de Haen
Every month, Inward Meditation Center hosts a four-week introductory course to acquaint you with meditation, and this October is no exception. On Monday October 5, at 8:00 PM, we kick off our fifth Introduction To Meditation course.
In this course, we introduce the three components of a balanced meditation practice: concentration, mindfulness and friendliness. Each week, you are given home work that consists of both “formal” and “informal” meditations. This way, you’ll get hands-on experience using a variety of methods that can help you enhance your life. At the end of the four-week course, your “meditative toolbox” will be filled with great techniques that can last you a lifetime. Continue reading “Introduction To Meditation course starts October 5”