Online Morning Meditation on Tuesdays, 745am-830am
The Tuesday group offers a supportive environment to deepen and extend your meditation practice in the company of fellow spiritual explorers. No prior experience of meditation is required and this is an open group that welcomes newcomers.
We include a period of meditation practice for about 25 minutes, followed by a short reflection. We finish with a space for brief sharing about the practice for those who wish. During 2022, we will be drawing on The Art of Living, as our resource for reflection. This is a poetic collection of the last teachings of the beloved spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, who died in February 2022.
Our online meditations are hosted on the Zoom platform. The Zoom room is open from 7.35am. Please arrive by latest 7.40am if this is your first time of joining the group so we can say hello, welcome you and answer any questions you have. Sign up on Meet Up or email email@example.com if you would like the zoom link. The weekly sessions are offered for free.
Online and In-Person Morning Meditation on Saturdays, 8am-9am
This group has options to meet either online or in-person in Shoreham-by-Sea. The Saturday group includes a series of gently guided meditations during the first 30 minutes, including a Gratitude Practice and an inspiring poem. We introduce each practice.
The second 30 minutes is an ancient form of contemplative practice called Lectio Divina, meaning sacred 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”. In 2022 we will be exploring the radical nature of parables – wisdom stories told by Jesus that form the bedrock of the Christian path. Parables are “tiny bits of coal squeezed into diamonds, condensed metaphors that catch the ray of something ultimate and glint it at our lives”, jewelled portals to another world: the kindom of God, the kindom of heaven.
No prior experience of meditation, the Bible or Lectio Divina is necessary to participate in this group. This is an open group and all who are attracted by this kind of spiritual practice are welcome.
MEETING ONLINE The zoom meeting room will be open from 7.50am. Please arrive by latest 7.55am if this is your first time of joining the group so we can say hello, welcome you and answer any questions you have. We will ask you to switch your camera on initially when we meet. You are free to have your camera on or off for the meditation, as you prefer.
MEETING IN-PERSON If you’d like to join in-person then please come to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Kings Walk, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5LF. Please arrive by 7.55am so we can welcome you and start altogether. The Church is 3 minutes walk from the 700 (coastal) bus stop (Longshore pub is the name of the bus stop) or a pleasant 25 minute walk (some of it walking alongside the beach) from Shoreham-by-Sea railway station. There are bike racks outside the church hall.
Please feel free to stay on after the meditation for conversation and shared breakfast. This is entirely optional and for many people is a valued community element of the Centre for Spirituality. We take a five minute break at 9am to get a drink and/or something to eat and then re-gather online for reflection on the practice. For the in-person group we serve tea/coffee and croissants. If you are joining in person we ask for a donation of £1.00 for a croissant and 50p for a cup of tea or coffee to cover our costs.
These weekly sessions are offered for free. A few times each year we invite donations to cover the overhead costs of running the Centre. Our economic circumstances vary and we want our meditations to be open to all so we invite you at that time to give as your circumstances allow.