Meditation Elk River MN

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 Elk River like pilates which lead to better health through deep-breathing and meditation.

Minnesota Sakya Center - Sakya Thupten Dargye Ling
(612) 827-3345
3441 Bryant Avenue South #101
Minneapolis, MN
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Tibetan

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Common Ground Meditation Center
(612) 722-8260
3400 East 26th St.
Minneapolis, MN
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Vipassana

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Diamond Way Buddhist Center, TwinCities
(612) 825-5055
1701 W. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Tibetan Karma Kagyu

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Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis
(612) 331-7737
2931 Grand Street NE
Minneapolis, MN
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Tibetan Shambhala

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Diamond Way Buddhist Group Winona
(507) 453-7941
c/o Garret Sorensen, 51 E 4th St Suite #2
Winona, MN
Specialty
Tibetan Karma Kagyu

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Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center
(612) 825-7658
3206 Holmes Ave.
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Zen - Soto

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Awaken to Life
(612) 991-7071
Mound (Minneapolis), MN
Specialty
Mindfulness/Buddhist/Yoga

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Northfield Buddhist Meditation Group
(507) 645-6987
313 1/2 Division St.
Northfield, MN
Specialty
Buddhist

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Blooming Heart Sangha
(612) 724-8168
Heartwood Mindfulness Practice Center
South Mpls, MN
Specialty
Mindfulness / Thich Nhat Hanh

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Twin Cities Vipassana Cooperative
P.O. Box 14683
Minneapolis, MN
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Theravada Buddhist

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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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