Meditation Glen Oaks NY

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 Glen Oaks like pilates which lead to better health through deep-breathing and meditation.

Green Island Sangha
(516) 767-0677
St Ignatius Retreat House,Interfaith Room
Manhasset, NY
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Zen / Thich Nhat Hanh

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Clear Mountain Zen Center
(516) 616-3246
519 Hempstead Ave
W. Hempstead, NY
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Zen - Rinzai

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Ch'an Meditation Center
(718) 592-6593
90-56 Corona Avenue
Elmhurst, NY
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Zen

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FISU - Foundation for International Spiritual Unfoldment
(347) 600-0857
45th Street and Broadway
Astoria, Queens, NY
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Non-sectarian

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Universal Peace Buddha Temple of New York
(718) 622-8019
619 Bergen Street
New York, NY
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Theravada Buddhist

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Manhasset NY Kadampa Buddhist Center
(516) 578-9030
Manhasset - Quaker Meeting House
Manhasset, NY
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Kadampa Buddhism

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Amitabha Buddhist Society of New York
(718) 961-7299
41-60 Main Street, Suite 211
Flushing, NY
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Pure Land Buddhist

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Bellmore NY Kadampa Buddhist Center
(516) 409-6210
LI Therapeutic Massage & Wellness
Bellmore, NY
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Kadampa Buddhism

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Empty Hand Zendo
(914) 636-1450
45 Lawton Street
New Rochelle, NY
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Zen

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New York Insight Meditation Center
(917) 441-0915
PO Box 1790
New York, NY
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Vipassana

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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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