'To meditate' is defined as the practise of focusing ones mind for a period of time for
spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation (Oxford English dictionary). Our
Lake Isle Retreats Meditation class is designed to satisfy these two motivations.
As long ago as 1500 years before the present, early monks in Ireland established
monasteries on several islands of Lough Erne. The feeling of meditation and calmness permeates the lakeland
atmosphere, and we especially recommend you arise early and to experience this for yourself, even if the
retreat you attend only begins at 8.30am.
What is a Class like?
Seated on chairs, everyone takes part in a silent
meditation, attempting to expand his or her own consciousness through deep hearing. We focus on being
in the moment and listening to the sounds of the world, without our attention wandering - without
day-dreaming. Simply hearing. Simultaneous to this, we silently repeat two simple mantras, representing
the Divine masculine and the Divine feminine.
Then we begin the relaxation sequence. Participants
choose whether they want to remain seated on chairs, or switch to lying on a yoga mat or
specifically-tailored flat cushions. Other options include sitting cross-legged or holding oneself in a
yoga pose. Calming relaxation music is played out over the room, with flutes, oriental violins, and
sounds of birds singing and water falling, etc. The participants are taken through a visualization
sequence - a guided meditation where we travel to a distant beautiful land with the mind's eye. At the
end, as we are all mentally returning to the room, the facilitator sings auspicious mantras along with
the harmonium. Finally, participants open their eyes feeling very refreshed and
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