I went to the Manchester Buddhist Centre in 2007 as I was struggling in a marriage and with two young kids. I didn’t want to be an ‘angry dad’ so I enrolled on a few meditation courses. Quite soon I found some real benefits. I noticed as I practiced, that I was becoming less reactive and more ‘creative’ with my mood and outlook. It’s as true today as when I first began – and now wouldn’t be without it.
I practice for between 20 minutes and an hour per day. I alternate between two types, the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana (Sanskrit for the cultivation of loving-kindness). I completely engage with both of these and occasionally, especially when on retreat, have surfed some higher states of consciousness (called Dhyana states). These days I find that it keeps my mood on an even keel, when life’s ‘worldly winds’ swirl!
During the past few years, I have established a meditation class at work. I lead the two practices for people who take some time out of their day. The current class is well attended and takes place at the MMU Student Union on a Thursday lunchtime. I love doing it and benefit a great deal. On Thursday I will bow out though – as the new term may clash with potential treatment.