UPCOMING CLASS TOPICS:
How to Weather an Anxiety Storm | Sep 12, 19 & 26
In an ideal world, no-one would ever experience anxiety or stress. And according to Buddha it is possible to completely overcome these painful and turbulent mental experiences. In the meantime, a very important skill is to learn how to weather the inevitable anxiety storms that present themselves to us throughout the course of our everyday life.
At this series of drop-in classes, Buddhist Teacher Diana Waterhouse will explain important skills drawn from Buddha’s teachings on how to navigate anxiety storms effectively and with confidence. Key topics covered at these classes will include:
- What is the nature of our problems?
- How to navigate unpleasant and painful emotions
- The real art of patient acceptance
- How to be kind to yourself
- How meditation helps us to find peace
The Peace of Contentment | Oct 3, 10 & 17
In our search for happiness, we often use all our time and energy changing the external conditions surrounding us such as our job, our partner, our home or our situation. In spite of all this effort we are still looking for peace! We still don’t feel completely satisfied, and we are still looking for another situation, object or thing to satisfy our desires.
Buddha explained that real happiness and contentment is to be found inside our mind and not in external circumstances. When our mind is free from distraction and cravings, we can experience its natural stillness, allowing us to enjoy every moment of our life, regardless of the external situation. Awaken your potential for deep inner fulfilment and learn how to enjoy every moment of your life.
Surfing Life’s Problems | Oct 24, 31 & Nov 7
Sometimes it can feel like we are being tossed about by constant waves of difficult circumstances. Relationship, financial, health and societal problems come to us one after the other despite our best efforts to avoid them, and we can easily feel out of control.
Learn methods to change your mental approach to remain happy and strong in the midst of life’s challenges – and become a master of your own mind, coping smoothly with whatever arises.
Meditation gives us the power to build a strong & flexible mind that enjoys solving problems. It is the ultimate method for how to stay calm under pressure.
The Art of Self-Acceptance | Nov 14, 21 & 28
Acceptance: it’s a very powerful thing.
We might find that we are good at accepting some difficult circumstances. Or we can manage to accept certain things that we do not like. We may even be able to accept certain people no matter how challenging their behaviour.
But how can we learn to accept, like and even admire ourself? Especially when we see within our mind so many bad qualities, faults and ugly thought processes that we would definitely rather keep hidden.
At this series of drop-in meditation classes, Buddhist Teacher Diana Waterhouse will explain the difference between our faults and limitations versus our tremendous capacity and potential for self-transformation. By understanding the difference between these two we will start to see how it is possible to overcome even the darkest of self-deprecating thoughts as well as the most stubborn bad habits of mind.
Buddha explained that our mind is like a cloudy sky, in essence pure and clear, but overcast by the clouds of delusions. Just at the thickest clouds eventually disperse, so the heaviest delusions or negative thoughts can be removed from our mind.
By realising the true nature of our mind we will develop the wisdom, courage and confidence that we can overcome all our mental obscurations and finally experience deep mental freedom.