Meditation classes connect you with vital spiritual energy.
And our online meditation classes teach you how to gently weave meditation practice into your daily life so that you can stay grounded in your Self.
What Are Meditation Classes?
Working with a live teacher in a carefully designed format helps you stay focused. And meditation classes teach you how to meditate.
In our Cultivating Awareness meditation classes you will learn how to use meditation to live with a serene sense of purpose.
What Do Classes Look Like?
Every week, we meet as a group for an hour. Class starts with a guided meditation followed by a talk and period of Q&A. All of the classes are recorded and available to replay at any time in the future.
You can join the class either by phone or through the web. And if you are calling from outside the US, joining on the web will have the benefit of saving you international long-distance phone charges.
Throughout the week you’ll receive encouraging emails including a Call Report that breaks down the key points of the talk. You’ll also receive a Weekend Contemplation that introduces new meditations, exercises, and quotes to inspire your study and focus.
Students are encouraged to ask, text, or email questions on the calls and throughout the week.
Here’s an example of one of Soken’s guided meditations:
Who Can Benefit From Meditation Classes?
The Cultivating Awareness Meditation class helps anyone who wants to become a better person. It also helps those who wish to contribute to the world through authentic spiritual development.
What Issues Can Be Addressed?
Our class supports your passion to nurture beauty and to do more good, even if your life feels chaotic.
And our teachings support those who want to be good role models. This might look like being a better mother, brother, business owner, artist, writer, son, daughter, student, or friend.
Generating compassion is challenging. Increasing daily stress and rapid technological change cause people to struggle with anxiety. Such change also raises questions about fairness, freedom, and identity. And people feel lonely even though they’re doing their best to stay composed.
Mental and physical health can also be affected by negativity. For example, you might experience weight gain, or have trouble sleeping, or feel less connected to your strength and sense of purpose.
Feeling stuck and distracted from your deeper purpose can bring out a version of yourself that you don’t want to be.
Also, helping others is healthy. Compassion benefits those who offer as much as—or more than—those who receive it.
What You Will Accomplish?
The Cultivating Awareness meditation classes help you to stay connected to your Self. This causes you to have more compassion. And more compassion makes you a positive influence on the people and things around you.
Also, the meditations and spiritual talks help you maintain access to a sense of openness. And openness is a way of being in the world with wonder and brightness.
The weekly calls encourage you to do nice things. Being more intimate with nature, and having a sense of awe and appreciation for everyday things such as cooking, walking, gardening, and reading are vital to spiritual development.
And the spiritual talks and readings help you develop your cognitive understanding of the spiritual life. Because with a good understanding of spiritual life, you deepen your humanity.
Any of these issues—a yearning for more, the desire to do better, a wish to improve, or relax—may draw you to meditation. In short, you are probably interested in meditation because you want to live your best life.
Are Meditation Classes Difficult?
You may think that mediation practices will take too much time. Or that it’s too hard to ‘empty your mind.’—whatever that means!
But don’t worry. We don’t want empty minds. We want free, creative minds. Our classes will keep you focused, relaxed, and engaged. The material is designed to help you face the challenges that keep you from living as the person you want to be.
Of course, if you can’t find ten minutes in your day to devote to meditation, this won’t be a good time for you to start spiritual work. And if listening to a call or a recording at your convenience one hour a week is impossible, then you likely won’t have time for spiritual practice.
But if you can devote a little bit of time to your personal development each week, you will see a profound transformation (for the better) in your life and relationships with others.
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
“After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress. Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet, but as you keep walking you get wet little by little. If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, ‘Oh, this pace is terrible!’ But actually, it is not. When you get wet in a fog it is very difficult to dry yourself. So, there is no need to worry about progress. It is like studying a foreign language; you cannot do it all of a sudden, but by repeating it over and over you will master it.”
– Shunryu Suzuki
Connect With Your Highest Values
If you’re looking at meditation classes, you’re likely considering other self-development activities. Maybe you’re considering getting a personal trainer, planning a vacation, picking up a hobby, or starting a new project.
These activities and countless others will have benefits. Whether you’re seeking the health and wellness you can experience with a personal trainer, the excitement of a vacation, or the reset-feeling of a retreat, each experience will have its rewards.
But like any experience, the reward will come and go. Even the refreshment of a spiritual retreat ends when you return to daily life.
Meaningful change doesn’t come from fleeting experiences. Love and wisdom are cultivated through consistent study and reflection.
In this weekly meditation class, with a qualified teacher to guide you, you will participate in a focused spiritual study that keeps your Self alive.
By connecting with your highest values, you can work from a pure place. You can cultivate yourself as a role model. And you can root yourself in wisdom, and compassion. From such roots, you’ll bear the fruits of human life whose existence truly helps others.
What Will Meditation Classes Help You Achieve?
The Cultivating Awareness Meditation class can help you stay connected to your spiritual life and cultivate your own wisdom so you can have a positive influence on your environment.
Our meditation class helps with:
- Good guidance and teaching
- Maintaining your practice
- Deepening your experience
- Being altruistic and loving
- Giving back
- Finding meaning and purpose
- Regaining magic and enchantment
- Feeling at peace and connected
- Feeling open and whole
“During the COVID crisis, Soken introduced me to meditation.
Practicing under his guidance has been extremely helpful in these turbulent times.”
—Shonni J. Silverberg, MD, Professor in the Department of Medicine
at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. New York, NY
“Meditation helps me to remain calm in most situations.
It makes a difference because other people pick up on the serenity and carry it with them.
So, it eventually makes a difference in many people’s lives.”
– Margaret G., Chico, CA
What Does the Process Look Like?
As soon as you sign up, you’ll receive an email with all of the information you need to join the live calls and listen to the recordings of the calls you want to review, or that you may have missed.
Each week we meet for an hour, beginning with a guided meditation followed by a talk and Q&A.
Call or contact me to schedule a free consultation or enroll online. We can talk and see what your needs are, what brings you to meditation, and I can answer just about any question you have about meditation. We’ll see if it is a good fit.
At that point, you can either sign up for a class or take what you’ve learned on our call and go on your way.
It is an easy fun conversation and there is no pressure or hard sell at the end.
Weekly Call Timeline
The class starts every Monday at 9:00 PM EST.
Before you call in be sure to find a comfortable, quiet place that will allow you to concentrate and relax. You will spend the first half of the class in a guided meditation and the last half, listening to a spiritual talk with the opportunity for Q &A at the end.
And remember if life gets in the way, the calls are recorded so you never have to miss a class. You will always have access to the calls in the archive on the private members’ page.
Typically, the class meets once a week on Mondays for one hour.
You can attend all scheduled classes with unlimited access to call recordings and meditations.
Every Friday you will receive a Weekend Contemplation email that provides you with additional contemplative exercises and topics for reflection and focus.