Meditation Bowling Green KY

Now, you may think that just being on a serene beach relaxing should help instill a meditative state. Read on and get more information about stress managment, mental health, and other classes in Bowling Green like pilates which lead to better health through deep-breathing and meditation.

Louisville Community of Mindful Living
(502) 893-8822
107 Crescent Avenue
Louisville, KY
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Zen

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Louisville Shambhala Meditation Group
Clifton Unitarian Church
Louisville, KY
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Tibetan Shambhala

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Furnace Mountain
(606) 723-4329
P.O. Box 545
Clay City, KY
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Zen - American

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Gomang Meditation and Dharma Center
(859) 356-3600
5209 Madison Pike
Independence, KY
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Tibetan Gelugpa

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington Mindfulness Sangha
(859) 223-1448
3564 Clays Mill Road
Lexington, KY
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Zen

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The Peace and Compassion Buddha Circle
(502) 451-2193
1544 Quadrant Ave.
Louisville, KY
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Zen

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Rime Shedrub Ling Lexington Sangha
(859) 576-7050
223 Catalpa Rd. #2
Lexington, KY
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Tibetan Dzogchen

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Metta Yoga
(859) 338-4055
145 Burt Road, Suite 9
Lexington, KY
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Non-sectarian

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Louisville Insight Meditation Group
c/o Daniel M. Ingram, MD MSPH, 1050 E. Kentucky St.
Louisville, KY
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Burmese Vipassana Theravada

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Shambhala Center of Lexington
(859) 225-4183
315 West Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY
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Tibetan Shambhala

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By Vickie McIntyre

I am, for lack of a better term, a meditation dropout. Oh, I’ve tried it all: the standard legs-crossed, deep-breathing variety (which made me stir-crazy after a few endless minutes); Pilates classes (where I managed to pull a muscle just learning to breathe properly); and t’ai chi instruction (which ended with gentle reprimands by my instructor that walking meditation was not a form of aerobic exercise). They all left me anxious and restless. I couldn’t let go and simply be present in the moment—a hallmark of my type-A personality. That all changed on a Caribbean vacation. There, I inadvertently learned even action-obsessed people like me can achieve satori.

Now, you may think that just being on a serene beach relaxing should help instill a meditative state. Not so for someone who every day had proudly recited the mantra “Go, go, go, faster, faster, faster.” But the morning I donned a snorkeling mask and submerged into the quiet, mystical world beneath the sea, my life began to change. I can still feel the magic of that first glimpse: a bright red starfish, a giant spotted ray gliding by like a bird in flight, and hundreds of silversides swimming in synchronized motion. It transported me to another realm.

Immersed in beauty, color, and silence, I was forced not to move too much or too suddenly, or the creatures around me would scatter. For the first time ever, I could be still. Minutes slipped away unnoticed, as the simple cadence of breathing in and breathing out became stronger and stronger. Lost in a dreamy world where parrot fish, barracuda, and even sea turtles swam by me as if I were invisible, I learned that submitting completely to silence brings an exhilarating, nerve-tingling rush.

Now, back in Pennsylvania, whenever I feel stressed, I lie down and visualize that moment when I place my face in the water and hear only the gentle waves breaking on the shore as I breathe deeply and glide ever so smoothly through warm, clear water filled with beauty. Breathing in and breathing out, I float and meditate while angelfish lead the way.

Author: Vickie McIntyre

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