Meditation in Frederick Md.

 Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
“Holiday Stress Prevention” Edition

Mondays, November 24 – December 15, 2014 – 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Get a jump on managing holiday stress! Try mindfulness meditation for yourself in this four week course. Don’t worry – you do not need to be calm or able to “shut off your mind” to enjoy the relaxing benefits of Mindfulness Meditation.

Cost: $50 for the 4 week program. Reserve Your Place Online

Drop-In Mindfulness Meditation Group

Thursday Evenings – 6:00 pm – 7:00pm

Take time out from your busy week to sit with a group of friendly, like-minded people on a weekly basis. The format of this group includes a guided introduction with plenty of quiet time to sit, followed by a brief discussion period. Beginning and regular meditators are welcome! Learn more…

$10 suggested donation. You may drop in, or reserve your space by calling 240-446-3030  or Register Online.

Monday Morning Meditation Book Club

Mondays – 10:00 am – 11:00am


Deepen your meditation practice with this hybrid book club / meditation group! Here’s how it works: We pick a book. We each read a chapter from that book. We gather once a week to practice the methods from the book and discuss how it relates to our life. Haven’t read the book? Don’t worry! You will still benefit from the guided meditation, and get the cliff notes from our group! We love sharing what we learn. Learn More…

$10 suggested donation. You may drop in, or reserve your space by calling 240-446-3030 or Register Online.

New To Meditation? It’s Easier Than You Think!

Most people are over stressed. Work stress, family stress, health stress, not to mention money stress. Added together, too much stress results in chronic health problems and a negative outlook on life. Which guess what? Creates more stress!

Fortunately your body is equipped with the ability to reverse the harmful effects of stress. You do not need to have any special beliefs or skills to access it. All you need is your breath, your body, and a few minutes a day to benefit from its power. It is called meditation.

This is not overly complicated brain gymnastics. You don’t have to try to erase your thoughts or figure out the meaning to life. All you have to do is try to focus your attention for a brief period of time – often on your breath.

The keyword here is try. You will get distracted. You will lose focus. And then you just start again. No penalty – no punishment. It is simply the practice of bringing yourself back to that object of focus again and again that fortifies you with the antidote to stress.

Meditation strengthens your brain so you begin to respond to stressful triggers rather than react. With the right support and regular practice, you may surprise yourself with how quickly you are able to find calm in the storm.

As the saying goes, you can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf. (Note: as a novice surfer I must admit that meditation is even easier than riding a board!)

So my advice to you is this: you do not need to show up to meditation calm or relaxed, or be anything other than what you are. The practice of meditation can help you reduce stress, anxiety, and a myriad of physical ailments.

It can even help you reduce negative self-talk and deepen your compassion for others. You don’t need to have any particular spiritual belief – you only need to have the desire to connect to the present moment. I hope you will join me for a drop-in meditation group, or show up for a private Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Session.

After all, we all deserve to feel fully alive!

– Heather Stang, MA