Orientations - How To Get Started Meditating With CZC

You’ve been curious about meditating but you don’t quite know how to get started.  Easy!  Come to one of our monthly orientation sessions.  (See the schedule on our Home page for the next Orientation.  We have one Orientation each month from 9-10 AM at the downtown Yoga Center, 111 NW 2nd Street.)  You don’t need to know anything about meditation before coming! If you plan to come to orientation please send an email to Heather at hkrimsly@gmail.com

In about 40 minutes you will learn 4 things:

  • The correct posture for sitting meditation (This is really important for comfort and alertness)
    • We demonstrate how to sit on a cushion (called a zafu)
    • We demonstrate how to sit on a bench (called a seiza bench)
    • You can test different cushions and benches to see which works best for you
    • You can also sit on a chair if you prefer
    • Once you have selected your meditation supports we demonstrate the correct position for head, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, knees and legs
      • By the way – you don’t have to be able to sit in a Lotus position (most of our Sangha doesn’t)
  • How to breathe
  • How to observe your thoughts
  • How to bow

You will also learn what to expect during our service.  Our Sunday Service directly follows Orientation. As we practice Zen, our goal is to be fully present in all moments.  Our brains try to take us out of the moment by worrying about things like “am I doing this right”; or by planning or analyzing something we need to do in the future; or by fantasizing about Hawaii, or that guy or that gal, etc. So we practice to help break our conditioned responses…

The best part…you can’t make a mistake but you will learn to smile at yourself.