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.

Palm Beach Shambhala Meditation Group
(561) 659-7895
Unity of the Gardens
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Specialty
Shambala Buddhist

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Brevard Zen Center - Kuge-In Temple
(321) 795-6570
1261 N. Range Rd
Cocoa, FL
Specialty
Zen - Soto

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Broward Lotus Sangha
954-593-0039, or (954) 940-0563
7504 Pembroke Road
Pembroke Pines, FL
Specialty
Mindfulness / Thich Nhat Hanh

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Skyclad Zendo
(727) 215-3794
Paradise Lakes Resort
Lutz, FL
Specialty
Zen

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Orlando Kadampa Buddhist Center
(727) 797-9770
Magnolia Quarters
Orlando, FL
Specialty
Kadampa Buddhism

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Miami Zen Center
(305) 266-0830
2219 SW 59th. Avenue
Miami, FL
Specialty
Zen - Kwan Um

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Clear Water Zen Center
(727) 391-5735
2476 Nursery Road
Clearwater, FL
Specialty
Zen

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Open Mind Zen
(321) 768-2098
878 Sarno Rd.
Melbourne, FL
Specialty
Zen

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Zen Village
(305) 567-0165
3570 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL
Specialty
Buddhist

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