Meditation Virginia Beach VA

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

Ratna Shri Sangha Circle of Hampton Roads
(757) 235-1317
Heritage Center
Virginia Beach, VA
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Tibetan Drikung Kagyu

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Meditation Center of D.C.
(703) 329-0350
3325 Franconia Rd.
Alexandria, VA
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Theravada Buddhist

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Ananda Buddhist Meditation Institute
(702) 573-9633
3418 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA
Specialty
Zen

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Dae Do Sah Zen Group
Vienna, VA
Specialty
Zen - Kwan Um

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Jefferson Tibetan Society
(434) 980-1752
P.O. Box 874
Charlottesville, VA
Specialty
Tibetan Gelugpa

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Mindfulness Community of Hampton Roads
(757) 625-6367
612 Westover Avenue
Norfolk, VA
Specialty
Zen

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Ratna Shri Sangha Circle of Hampton Roads
(757) 235-1317
Heritage Center
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialty
Tibetan Drikung Kagyu

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Ekoji Buddhist Sangha of Richmond
(804) 355-6657
3411 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA
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Buddhist

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Dharmapala Buddhist Center
(540) 521-7989
1917 Franklin Road
Roanoke, VA
Specialty
Kadampa Buddhism

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Longchenpa Institute
(540) 752-4553
P O Box 1234
Stafford, VA
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Tibetan Nyingma

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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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