Mental health is something that I have truly started to appreciate more as I have navigated through the tough circumstances life seems to consistently throw at myself. I used to embrace the “grind” of everything, pushing through my feelings and thoughts, even if they didn’t seem right. So many people do that exact same thing that I did, neglecting their mind and true feelings, to embrace being “tough” or whatever they think is the right way to feel. Doing this can lead to long life of disappointment, depression, anxiety, and many other byproducts of not caring about your mental health. One of the most profound changes in my life that helped my mental health, was trying out meditation. This post won’t go into what meditation is important, and how you can do it. Trust me, meditation is extremely beneficial for numerous aspects of mental health. The problem with meditation is that many individuals have a preconceived idea of what it is. Most think that meditation is simply being cross legged, in a quiet room, with boring yourself to death. This is where I think having experts in the subject, and places to practice meditation are extremely important. In the Quad Cities, Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center is one of the meditation centers that is available for individuals in the community to take advantage of. If you aren’t a Buddhist, this is no problem. The center allows any individual the opportunity to practice meditation and mindfulness.
Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center Offerings
The Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center offers a few different services to let you hone in on your mental health. These services are offered to any person in the general public who are interested in learning more about meditation, Buddhism, and other aspects of mindfulness. One of the things the Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center prides itself on, is making sure that everyone, regardless of religion, feels comfortable and welcomed to practice meditation. With that said, some of the services offered at the Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center are:
- 30 Minute Meditations
- Life Talks
- Tantra Practice
- Guided Meditation and Inner Peace Classes
Let’s take a look at each of these respective services a little deeper. It should be noted, that at the time of writing this article, all of the services offered by the Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center are virtual unless noted otherwise.
30 Minute Meditations
A perfect place for beginners to start. If you are unsure about what meditation is, and where to begin, the Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center offers an excellent 30 minute guided meditation to get your fix in for the day. Although the time of the meditation is thirty minutes, feel free to stay as long as you can tolerate. When initially practicing meditation, it may be difficult for you to reach a full thirty minutes of complete peace. With that said, having a guide to help keep you focused on the breathing and process does make the time go by much quicker. The cost for the session is only $5, with a 72 hour access to the recording after the session is finished. If you are someone with thirty minutes to spare in your day, or even just a fraction of that, calm your mind, center your body, and relax with the Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center’s 30 minute meditation service.
I wasn’t particularly sure what to call this service, so I am describing it as “life talks.” The actual name of this service, on the website, is “Thursday Night Live Streams.” These are events that focus on personal growth, and development of skills that would assist in navigating the struggles and stressors of life. This classes are typically uplifting, and offer motivation and guidance into living the most fulfilling life you can. The Thursday Night Live Stream is only $10 for the session. In addition to this, there is typically a free e-book reading tied to each lesson or talk that you can access upon your purchase of the session. If you are looking to maximize your satisfaction in life, this would be a great place for you.
I don’t personally know much about Tantra. A very abridged definition of Tantra meditation is a type of meditation that combines movement, breathe, and sound to achieve a deeper mind and body connection. To find out more about the actual practice, I would recommend reaching out to the Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center or sign up for the class on their website. This type of meditation is likely for somebody who is experienced with meditation, and is trying to get the most out of their spiritual connection with themselves.
Guided Meditation and Inner Peace Classes
Last, but not least, is the guided meditation and inner peace classes. These classes are noted as “Meditations for World Peace.” For only $10, you are able to take part in two separate guided meditations, in addition to a discussion on life, and suggested prayers to work on your inner peace and tranquility. This offering would be ideal for someone looking for the full spiritual and mental health experience. Combining both the guided meditation with the mental health talks gives you a deep experience and time for reflecting on your own life.
If you are looking to find out more about the mediation center, make sure to check out their website here. The center is frequently updating their offerings and times, so it would be highly recommended to visit their website to see what they currently have available.
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