Yoga Meditation Bakersfield CA

To give meditation a try, sit comfortably, set a timer for 10 minutes, and explore one of the following strategies. And consider yourself forewarned: Meditation is a delightfully simple practice , but that doesn't mean it's easy!

Shimmering Void Zen Center
(661) 330-9332
Levan Institute at Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, CA
Specialty
Zen

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Peaceful Heart Sangha
(925) 930-9894
256 Dantley Way
Walnut Creek, CA
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Zen

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Diamond Way Buddhist Group Sebastopol
(707) 824-2236
c/o Jennifer Young, 7680 Elphick Rd.
Sebastopol, CA
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Tibetan Karma Kagyu

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Dharma Punx
(323) 934-8332
Dancing Shiva Yoga Center
Los Angeles, CA
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Buddhist

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Dewikoti Buddhist Center
c/o 805 4th Street #6, San Rafael
Marin, CA
Specialty
Kadampa Buddhism

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Berkeley CA - Dzalandhara Buddhist Center
(415) 503-1187
3324 17th Street
San Francisco, CA
Specialty
Kadampa Buddhism

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Fruitvale Zendo
(510) 532-5226
4001 San Leandro St., #1
Oakland, CA
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Zen - Soto

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Metta Forest Monastery
(619) 988-3474
PO Box 1409
Valley Center, CA
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Theravada Buddhist

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North Fork--Oakhurst Empty Nest Zendo
(559) 877-2400
PO Box 690
North Fork, CA
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Zen

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Diamond Way Buddhist Center San Francisco
(415) 661-6030
110 Merced Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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Tibetan Karma Kagyu

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Yoga Meditation

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By Claudia Cummins

To give meditation a try, sit comfortably, set a timer for 10 minutes, and explore one of the following strategies. And consider yourself forewarned: Meditation is a delightfully simple practice , but that doesn't mean it's easy!

Just sit. Commit to doing nothing more than sitting quietly and watching what happens. Don't pick up the phone , don't answer the doorbell, don't add another item to your to-do list. Just sit and observe the thoughts that arise and pass through your mind. You will likely be surprised by how difficult it is to sit quietly for 10 minutes. In the process, though, you may learn something important about the qualities of the restless mind and the ever-changing nature of life .

Listen to the sounds of life. Close your eyes and tune in to the sounds percolating both within and around you. Open your ears and adopt a receptive attitude. At first, you'll likely hear only the most obvious noises, but over time, you'll discover new layers of sounds that you had previously tuned out . Challenge yourself to observe what you hear without clinging to it or resisting it. Notice how the world feels more alive as your awareness of the present deepens.

Practice bare attention. Notice the raw sensations of the present moment—feelings of warmth and coolness, hardness and softness, pressure and ease.

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