Meditation Lenexa KS

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

Mid America Dharma
(573) 817-9942
PO Box 120246
Kansas City, MO
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Theravada Buddhist

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Heartland Community of Mindful Living
(816) 333-3043
c/o Unity Temple on the Plaza
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Zen

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Wichita Karma Kagyu Study Group
(316) 263-9030
3708 Skinner
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Tibetan Karma Kagyu

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Southwind Sangha Affiliate of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center
(316) 684-8819
Meets at First Unitarian Universalist Church
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Zen - Soto

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Peace Sangha
(785) 749-1018
842 West 21st Street
Lawrence, KS
Specialty
Zen

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American Buddhist Center
816 561-4466, ext. 143
Unity Temple on the Plaza
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Buddhist

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Kansas City Zen Group
(816) 471-8052
Kansas City, MO
Specialty
Zen - Kwan Um

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Kansas Zen Center
(785) 331-2274
1423 New York St.
Lawrence, KS
Specialty
Zen - Kwan Um

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Sunflower Sangha
(316) 687-2951
P.O. Box 782894
Wichita, KS
Specialty
Zen

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Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center
(316) 263-1533
721 W. 13th St.
Wichita, KS
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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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