Free Meditation Workshop Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What type of meditation do you teach?
A. We offer “heart center” meditation. This a method wherein we calm the mind using proven meditation techniques in order to enter the spiritual heart. It is one of the fastest ways of making spiritual progress.
Q. What meditation techniques do you offer?
A. We offer the essential meditation techniques that you can practice anywhere, at anytime, for the rest of your life.
- Breathing techniques – how conscious breathing can transform thought and emotion
- Mantra – how repeating a single spiritual word or phrase calms the mind
- Heart meditation – how to concentrate on the heart center (chakra) for fastest progress
- Visualization techniques – how guided group meditations expand individual practice
- Illumining life habits – how to break the cycle of negative thinking
Q. Who is Sri Chinmoy?
A. Sri Chinmoy is our meditation teacher whom many of us have studied directly with for decades. He travelled the world over offering free public meditations, meditative concerts and sporting events to encourage the blending of inner and outer strength.
Q. Is this a religion?
A. No. Meditation is not a religion but a method for each individual from any background to dive deep within on a journey of self-discovery. Everyone can learn to meditate. All spiritual traditions embody the essential principles of meditation.
Q. Why are the classes free?
A. We offer free meditation classes as a public service in the belief that peace is everyone's birthright and should be available to anyone. We too were once seeking peace and are grateful to those who taught us, and in turn offer those teaching to others, a way of 'paying it forward'. The only fee is your sincerity and regularity.
Q. What should I bring to the class?
A. Bring your sincere aspiration to start or enhance your own journey of self-discovery. On a practical level, it helps to shower and wear clean, loose clothing, but we understand this is not always possible.
Q. What is the Sri Chinmoy Centre?
A. The Sri Chinmoy Centre is an international community from all backgrounds who follow the teachings of Sri Chinmoy, a blend of meditation and community service. Through meditation we hope to gain inner peace. Through service to humanity we hope to contribute to world harmony, and together create a better world for all.
Q. Do you have a meditation center I can visit?
A. Each of us has in our hearts our own “meditation center.” We can meditate at any time and at any place, even at Times Square in NYC. When our individual meditation is solid, we can then better benefit from visiting spiritual places.
Q. Are there more meditation classes after this workshop?
A. Our aim in offering meditation classes is to help you enhance your own practice as a community service. If you feel connected to the heart-center meditation method and would like to know more, we also offer free on-going classes where you can explore more meditation techniques as well as learning about Sri Chinmoy’s spiritual path. Details are at every workshop.