Meditation Washington DC

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

Insight Meditation Community of Washington
(202) 986-2922
1737 New Hampshire Avenue NW, suite 4
Washington, DC
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Vipassana

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Vajrayogini Buddhist Center
(202) 986-2257
1803 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington D.C., DC
Specialty
Kadampa Buddhism

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Washington Mindfulness Community
(301) 681-1036
PO Box 11168
Takoma Park, MD
Specialty
Zen

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Bethesda MD Kadampa Buddhist Center
(202) 294-8156
Postal address: 4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW, PMB #106-306
Washington D.C., DC
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Kadampa Buddhism

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Potomac Zen Sangha, World Zen Fellowship
(703) 549-9181
1014 King St. #2
Alexandria, VA
Specialty
Zen

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Diamond Way Buddhist Group Washington, DC
(202) 589-1170
c/o Erik Olson, 1101 L Street NW, Apt. 506
Washington, DC
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Tibetan Karma Kagyu

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Kagyu DC
(202) 546-0226
1519 D Street SE
Washington, DC
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Tibetan Karma Kagyu

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Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center
(301) 270-8353
6814 Westmoreland Avenue
Takoma Park, MD
Specialty
Zen / Thich Nhat Hanh

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Weeping Cherry Sangha
(702) 812-9106
1717 No. Quebec Street
Arlington, VA
Specialty
Zen

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Ka Shin Zendo - Zen Buddhist Center of Washington DC
(202) 829-1966
7006 East Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD
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Zen

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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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