Embodying meditation through a combination of powerful visualizations, beautiful devotional mantras and meditative movement. Deity-Yoga meditation allows you every opportunity for a deeply moving experience within the Tara Temple at The Private Spa. This meditation practice is often referred to as a "shared, individual journey"
When: Sunday January 28th at 6:30pm
Where: 6820 High Meadows Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230 (In the "Tara Temple" located behind the house)
Fee: There is absolutely no charge for our meditation evenings, no membership fees or dues - however, if you want to offer a small donation (a suggested donation of between $5.00 and $10.00) we have a donation box located inside the door of the Tara Temple and all donations are used to either support our small meditation community when in need and assist us in bringing qualified meditation teachers to guide in deepening our practice during periods of retreat.
Deity-Yoga Meditation is not a" religion" and you do not have to be a Tibetan Buddhist to engage in this practice. It is a method of meditation for cultivating the radiance of wisdom and compassion that rests within your heart and mind. It is a means to "awaken" from the sleep of ignorance and confusion which are the causes of suffering.
Our meditations are non-sectarian and open to men and women. No prior experience in this form of meditation is necessary. We do ask that if you plan on attending that you RSVP Nita-Rose or Larry via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-231-0754.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
If you are new to our meditation evening welcome! Below is a general format of the evening to help you feel comfortable as well as a few suggestion of what to be aware of before you arrive.
The general Format for our monthly meditation evenings are as follows:
Relaxing into the moment - returning to peace: Allowing an opportunity for the busyness of the day to dissolve we begin by bringing the body mind into stillness with a short guided meditation that focuses on the breath*
(*Depending on your particular needs you may sit in a traditional meditation posture on the floor, chair, or lie comfortably on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor and eyes softly closed for this opening meditation.)
Setting Our Intention, Motivation and Refuge: Relaxed and at ease we are now ready to transition to "standing meditation" standing centered and grounded on the earth feeling our presence as stable and solid. From this stability we offer our prayer of intention, motivation and refuge expressed through the gentleness of our gestures and songs.
Deity Yoga Meditation: Returning to a seated meditation posture we relax and focus our mind on the beauty and the radiance of our authentic self, and journey to the realm of wisdom and compassion through guided visualization. With the visualization held in the mind, we are now ready to embody the meditation in choreographed movement.
Our evening ends with a final closing prayer to send out our heart felt wishes that all beings be happy, free from suffering and at peace.
What to be aware of before you come:
When you enter the "Tara Temple/ meditation room", please remove your shoes and place them in the area provided along with any small item you may have brought in with you such as purses etc. Due to space being limited, please leave your heavy jackets etc locked in your car or in the spa.
Please turn off your cell phones or turn to "vibrate" if you are "on-call"
The temperature in the room changes depending on when we are sitting or when we begin to move in meditation and it is recommended for your comfort that you come prepared and dress in layers that can be removed if you become too hot or added for warmth if you are feeling chilly.
Please dress comfortably and in a way that allows you to move and sit or lie on the floor. If you need a chair please do not hesitate to let me know prior to your arrival so I have one set out for you. Cushions and back jacks are provided.
You may bring your water bottle in with you. (But no other food or drink please).
You may park in our drive way or across the street, (Please be aware that you cannot park on the same side of the street as the house as you may get a ticket).
For further detailed information on Deity-Yoga, please read the article below (taken from Ken McCleod's website "unfettered mind")
Imagine You're Enlightened
To explore the process of embodying an "awake" personality, we can start with something noncontroversial, namely, "awake compassion". (Strange as it may seem, you can actually use any personality in this exercise. They all work. We’ll come back to that later. For now, we’ll work with awake compassion.)
We all know what un-awake compassion looks like: persistent care-taking that can cross over into tyranny; a compulsion to "rescue" or "help" that ignores appropriate boundaries; a "pitying" attitude that masks feelings of superiority; or a blind naiveté that fails to see what is helpful or harmful.
Instead, imagine being completely awake and present and, at the same time, embodying compassion. Imagine how you go about your day. How do you walk? How do you sit? When you see your spouse or children in the morning, how do you greet them? How do you prepare for the day? How do you drive to work? When you converse with people, how do you listen, how do you speak? What happens in you when you see another person being mean or unpleasant? What happens when you see them succeeding in their lives? What happens when you see someone in pain or struggling?
Reflect on these questions during your formal meditation sessions and during your day. What comes up for you? In this approach, it’s good to begin with the body reactions, the sensations that come up in your body when you consider being awake compassion. Then include emotional sensations. Only when you can rest in the physical and emotional sensations should you include all the stories and associations connected with being awake compassion.
As you work with these reflections, at first you may feel a release from family, social, or professional constraints and a clarity that allows you to connect with and help others openly and naturally. After the initial opening, the quality of attention often drops a level and you may become aware of other voices and other reactions. Does your body tense up? Do you feel contractions around your heart, in your stomach, in your jaw? Do you feel alone, exposed, or helpless, as if nothing can protect you from the pain of the world? Maybe you discover that you don’t really want to be present with another’s pain. Maybe you withdraw or adopt a posture of pity, feeling sorry for those who suffer, so that a subtle sense of superiority separates you from them. Maybe you feel that there are no boundaries. Maybe you feel a terrible loneliness because you have to help everyone and there is no one for you to turn to.
Just as in regular meditation, return to attention, return to being awake compassion. Remember, you are completely awake and you see everything through the eyes of compassion. Let this feeling permeate your body, your emotions, and your heart. You have infinite resources to open and respond to the pain of others. You know nothing of tiredness or fatigue. You see into the workings of the world. You don’t have to withdraw from pain or difficulty. You are clear, direct, sympathetic, insightful, wise, or responsive — whatever you need to be — in each and every situation you encounter. You do not fear the pain of the world. You don’t need to fix it or make it go away. You can be with the pain, no matter how bad or terrible it is.
As awake compassion, you experience no separation. You know that the apparent division of experience between “I” and “the world” is a misperception and that even the subtlest sense of superiority is a further delusion. Instead, you are present, and you let the pain in the world tell you where the imbalance is. You know the imbalance so deeply that you know what, if anything, needs to be done, and you know how to do it.
I pray that you come, Arya Tara
Everything is in readiness for you.
I offer the first blossoms of spring,
The fragrance of incense,
A fresh candle on the altar,
The music of your Mantra singing in my mind,
My dancing heart
You appear before me
That I may gaze upon the splendor of your beauty
And real-ize that beauty within me