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Freedom Meditation

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Delray Beach Children's Garden

137 SW 2 Avenue

Delray Beach, FL 33444

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Freedom Meditation

presented by
The Way Mindfulness Education
https://www.theway.education

PURPOSE
Why meditate? In a word, freedom. Freedom from suffering, freedom from craving, freedom from depression, freedom from anxiety. When we meditate, we are free from these and other forms of suffering. Why? Because when we meditate well, there is nothing to do, nowhere to go. Just being here now. Ah, but that takes practice. And practice requires fellowship. And fellowship requires spiritual friends! We meditate together to encourage each other on the path to true freedom.

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Our group is a mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced meditators, traveling the path of awakening together. We practice silent sitting meditation for the most part. However, the meditation can be guided to support beginners. No experience necessary. First-time meditators are welcome! Good for long-time meditators as well. One intention required: to meditate with other people at different points on the path in a supportive and loving environment.

FORMAT
The basic format is as follows:

  • Meet, greet, and get settled — 5 minutes
  • Sitting meditation — 20 minutes (silent or guided if necessary)
  • Inquiry (aka Q&A, practice dialogue) — 10-15 minutes
  • Spiritual reading (3 verses of Tao Te Ching w/ discussion) — 10-15 minutes
  • End — 5 minutes

It’s ok to arrive late. A little meditation is better than none at all! Just enter the space quietly and take your place.

LOCATION
The Delray Beach Children's Garden was created to nurture eco-consciousness in children. DBCG believes that given the opportunity to learn, play, and explore in nature, children will grow up wanting to be environmental stewards. DBCG also understands the positive impact a greenspace can have on a community. Meet in the chickee hut.

WEATHER
The chickee hut is covered, so meditation goes on, rain or shine.

PARTICIPATION
You are welcome to attend each week or whenever you like. Meditators sit on the ground or on benches. If you prefer to sit on the ground, please bring your own mat, blanket, or cushion. If you prefer a chair, you can use a garden bench or please bring your own folding chair. First-time meditators are invited to greet the teacher before the meditation begins and request instructions.

GIFTS
Meditation is a gift to humanity, the way out of delusion. These weekly sessions are offered free of charge, at no cost. Space at the garden is also offered free of charge, but we accept donations as a gift to the garden for use of the space. Maintaining the garden involves several costs and expenses, so our gift supports the maintenance of the garden. Contributing to the collection is completely voluntary and never required. No one is ever turned away for not giving.

TEACHER
Meditation group leader Pablo del Real has been practicing meditation for 13 years. He practices in the Catholic tradition and in the Plum Village tradition founded by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong. Pablo is Director of Education for The Way Mindfulness Education, a company that brings mindfulness and meditation to schools, businesses, retierment communities, and other venues. He is the founder of Auroras Voice, a nonprofit organization that developed the Delray Beach Children’s Garden, The Interfaith Cafe, and Gandhi Talk. Pablo and his wife Aurora have two adult children and live in Delray Beach.

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