We cover each of those components in every BML 30 minute or 45 minute meditation class – we typically don’t spend the whole class meditating as the other components are extremely valuable.
The components are:
Anything you undertake in life benefits from preparation and meditation is no exception.
The first part of each meditation class is concerned with setting yourself up to meditate effectively. We’ll help you connect with your motivation for coming to meditation (everybody comes for a reason and it helps to keep that in mind!).
We’ll help you with practical issues like how to sit comfortably. You’ll be provided with some instructions about the specific meditation practice for the session you’re attending – think of it as the theory part of meditation.
All of this sets you up for the main part of the session.
It’s easy to look at the schedule and think “30 minute meditation class! I can hardly sit still for five!”. But typically we’re not meditating for the whole 30 minutes of a class.
In half hour classes, we’ll often meditate for somewhere between 18 and 23 minutes. This part of the class is guided – you’ll be given clear instructions on how to settle in, and how to undertake the meditation practice itself. You’ll experience some unguided, silent time so you can apply those instructions yourself. You’ll be guided out of the meditation and back to the room towards the end.
In the 45 minute classes, we have more time to sit in meditation, which can help to deepen your practice.
The third part of the class gives you a chance to reflect on your experience. This is the number one reason to come to a meditation class, and makes a classroom environment useful in a way that meditation apps and practicing by yourself can’t be.
The reflection part of the class takes the form of a conversation and gives you a chance to explore what has emerged as a result of your meditation practice that day, or in general. You’ll be able to share meditation experiences and ask questions about them.
This sharing and questioning is incredibly powerful. You’ll be able to draw on the knowledge of the group and the teacher to help you navigate common issues or obstacles in meditation. You’ll come to understand that many humans have similar mental experiences to yourself, which many people find extremely reassuring.
So there you go – meditation classes at BML demystified!
If you’re curious, why not come along and see for yourself! Check out the timetable here.