Meditation Leesburg FL

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

Tampa Mahayana Buddhist Center
(727) 797-9770
201-6th Avenue South
Safety Harbor, FL
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Kadampa Buddhism

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Palyul Changchub Choling
Pensacola, FL
Specialty
Tibetan Nyingma

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Bodhi Tree Dhamma Center
(727) 392-7698
PO Box 8012
Seminole, FL
Specialty
Vipassana

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Key West Mindfulness Sangha
(305) 296-4427
P.O. Box 245
Key West, FL
Specialty
Zen

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Palm Beach Dharma Center
(561) 547-4711
1205 North Federal Highway
Lake Worth, FL
Specialty
Tibetan Nyingma

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Fish Lake Sangha
9222 Charles E. Limpus Rd.
Orlando, FL
Specialty
Zen

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Ratnashri Sangha of Tampa Bay
(727) 452-7714
851 27th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL
Specialty
Tibetan Drikung Kagyu

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Dancing Waters Sangha
Lotus Room
Tampa, FL
Specialty
Zen / Thich Nhat Hanh

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Diamond Way Buddhist Group Miami
(305) 756-6921
205 NE 86th St.
El Portal, FL
Specialty
Tibetan Karma Kagyu

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Parbawatiya Buddhist Center
(727) 797-9770
201-6th Avenue South
Safety Harbor, FL
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Kadampa Buddhism

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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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