Ashford – Tuesdays
Weekly Meditation Classes


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Habits of Happy People

Class Day: Tuesdays

Time: 7:30pm to 9pm, with refreshments after the class

Venue:
Friends Meeting House, Albert Road, Ashford, TN24 8NY (Venue Map and Information)

Class/Course Fee:
£8 per class | £32 for 5 classes
*Low income concessions available

About the Course 

Happiness is something that each one of us has the potential to experience, but often our habitual ways of thinking take us in the opposite direction. This engaging 4-week mindfulness series will teach critical lessons about some of the habits of happy people that will enrich your life’s experience.
We will explore several meditations and ways of thinking that uplift the mind and how by carrying these with mindfulness into our day we can maintain a light, joyful attitude whatever life throws our way. Everyone is welcome to attend this series of classes. No previous experience necessary.

6 Feb Contentment

“Without contentment, a rich man will think he is poor”- Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. By learning to be happy with what we have we can overcome our overwhelming dissatisfaction, simplify our life and be able to focus more easily on internal changes.

13 Feb-Acceptance

In this class, we will learn how to maintain a calm and joyful mind even in the most challenging circumstances through applying Buddha’s teachings on patient acceptance.

20 Feb- Gratitude and Joy

It is very easy to allow our mind to focus on ways that are contradictory with our basic wish to be happy. This class will explore teachings and meditations that enable us to keep a positive mind and overcome negative thoughts such as jealousy, competitiveness and discouragement. We can get so stuck focusing on the negative that we can forget to appreciate all the benefit we receive from others. By maintaining an awareness of the kindness of others in our life we can keep a positive, grateful mind that will make us warmer and well disposed towards others and protect us from unhappy thoughts.

Everyone is welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Each class is self-contained, so if you’re not able to attend the whole course you would be welcome to drop into just one or two classes.

About the classes:

These drop-in classes aim to teach effective, meditation-based solutions to everyday problems taken from the Kadampa Buddhist tradition. Everyone is welcome – these practical meditations can be practised by anyone, whether Buddhist or not. Each class consists of guided meditations and practical advice on how to maintain a positive mind, as well as an opportunity to ask questions. Classes are self-contained and you can drop in whenever you wish; there’s no need to book in advance, simply turn up and register when you arrive.

We meditate sitting on chairs and there is no physical exercise involved or any special clothing needed. These classes are suitable for everyone, including complete beginners.

For more information, please see What to Expect at a Class.