Morning Meditation on Wednesdays, 745am-830am – now meeting online
We are now hosting all our groups online through the Zoom platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meeting online works very well for meditation. Please see the information below on how to join.
The Wednesday group includes a range of practices: including reflection on poetry and a beautiful guided meditation using a finger labyrinth suitable for our online meditation. If you have access to a printer please print off either a Chartres Labyrinth Image or a Classical Labyrinth image (whichever you prefer) and a Finger Labyrinth Meditation Guide which provides a suggested approach to meditation using the finger labyrinth. If you don’t have access to a home printer don’t worry as you can simply open these documents on your tablet, desktop or laptop and view them on your screen. I will also share my screen during the meditation so the labyrinth image is visible.
No prior experience of meditation or labyrinths is needed.
DETAILS ON HOW TO JOIN THE MEETING
Zoom is an online platform which allows video and voice connection for groups meeting online. As a participant you don’t have to buy any new software or register for Zoom services. You simply click on the link below ‘Join Zoom Meeting’ and follow the instructions on the screen.
You will need either a laptop, tablet, desktop computer or phone with a built-in camera and a good broadband/wifi connection to join this meeting. If you have a headset or earpods then please connect those to your device as you will get better sound quality. Please do your best to locate yourself in a quiet space for the duration of the group. There is a second option to join the meeting through dialling-in by phone – see below.
If you have not joined a Zoom meeting before here is a 1 minute video we recommend you watch which has a step-by-step guide of how to get into the Zoom meeting.
Please arrive in good time for the start of the meditation. You will not be able to join the meeting after 7.45am so we recommend you join the meeting a few minutes early. The meeting room will be open from 7.30am – just click on the link above anytime from 7.30am-7.45am to join. If you are new to Zoom we recommend you join at 7.30am so you can familiarise yourself with the platform and ask any technical questions before we begin the meditation at 7.45am.
Please feel free to stay on after the meditation for conversation and shared breakfast. This is entirely optional and is a valued community element of the Centre for Spirituality. We will take a five minute break at 8.30am to get a drink and/or something to eat and then re-gather online.
Morning Meditation on Saturdays, 8am-9am – now meeting online
We are now hosting this group online through the Zoom platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meeting online as a group is a great way to connect as a community and it works very well for meditation.
There are a series of gently guided meditations during the first 30 minutes, including a Gratitude Practice. The person hosting the meditation introduces each practice.
The second 30 minutes is an ancient form of contemplative practice called Lectio Divina, literally meaning divine reading. The invitation of Lectio Divina is to cultivate a heart-centred intimacy with the sacred text of the Bible, listening deeply with what St Benedict called “the ears of the heart”. This is a rich and illuminating way to explore the wisdom found in the Bible.
No prior expeirence of meditation of Lectio Divina is necessary.
DETAILS ON HOW TO JOIN THE MEETING
Please see the detailed instructions above for how to access Zoom.
Please arrive in good time for the start of the meditation. You will not be able to join the meeting after 8am so we recommend you join the meeting a few minutes early. The meeting room will be open from 7.45am – just click on the link above anytime from 7.45am-8am to join. If you are new to Zoom we recommend you join at 7.45am so you can familiarise yourself with the platform and ask any technical questions before we begin the meditation at 8am.
If for some reason you can’t use your computer/tablet/laptop or you do not have a broadband/wifi connection or your connection drops during the call then a second option is to join the meeting by dialling in from your phone/mobile. This is a fall-back as you will not video connection. Click on this link to find your local number scrolling down for UK numbers. You will need to enter the meeting ID if you access the meeting when you dial in by phone. Meeting ID: 166 073 397
Please feel free to stay on after the meditation for conversation and shared breakfast. This is entirely optional and is a valued community element of the Centre for Spirituality. We will take a five minute break at 9am to get a drink and/or something to eat and then re-gather online.
Donations welcome: normally we invite a donation to St Luke’s Church Prestonville of £3-£5 per person (as your economic circumstances allow). Whilst we are meeting online, we invite your donations to support the work of a partnership of charities in Brighton & Hove who are providing emergency food and other essential supplies to the most vulnerable people in Brighton & Hove during the pandemic. We invite you to donate online here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hungry-at-home-2020