Workshops & Courses
Mantra Meditation: Roots and Fruit
With Lisa Kaley-Isley
23 March 2019, 14:00–17:00
£35 earlybird until 16 March, £40 thereafter
There are many variations on two primary approaches to meditation: 1) present moment open attention and 2) focused attention on a chosen object. In both cases the key features are the abilities to be present with what is arising naturally in the body/breath/mind, and to sustain focused concentration on an object of attention. Meditation is both surprisingly simple and often amazingly hard to do. Some things help: feeling supported by a group and a guide, finding a good fit place for it in your daily routine, and feeling positively drawn to the object of attention. If we feel better when we make time for it that is the best motivation.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali recommend using mantra: repetition of words with a positive meaning for us. We can sing them out loud as bhakti devotion, or chant them mentally as japa repetition. Either way we are choosing the thoughts, feelings, and attitudes we desire to connect ourselves with more deeply. Through repetition the mantra works its way into the roots of our being. Just as reliability what nourishes us cycles back out and is expressed in the fruit of our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Over the years I have been fortunate to study with master teacher Pandit Rajamani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute who has imparted mantras to me to cultivate connection, protection, guidance, liberation, and enhancement of function. It is rare to find a living teacher who can pass on these mantras fully imbued with the prana of deeply sustained practice. In this workshop I will pass two sets of them to you: a series of mantras to begin the day, and a verse from the Siva Suktas to cultivate the retentive power of memory. I will share with you translations of the meaning, teach you pronunciation, and record the group chanting to provide ongoing group and guide support for your home practice of the mantras.
Suitable for all apart from absolute beginners