This meditation class in Columbia is held at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, a friendly and welcoming space that is centrally located in the town of Columbia. We meet in room 400 which is easily accessible after entering the building.
The Benefits of a Daily Practice
Meditation is a mind that concentrates on beneficial objects and that is the main cause for mental peace. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness. If we train our mind to be peaceful, we will be happy all the time, even in adverse conditions. But if our mind is not peaceful, then even if we have the most pleasant external conditions we will not be happy. Therefore, it is important to train our mind through meditation.
- Sept 10 Why Meditate?
- Sept 17 Practice Makes Perfect
- Sept 24 Overcoming Obstacles
- Oct 1 No Class, Fall Festival
Dealing with Difficult Situations
If we learn to accept unavoidable suffering, unhappy thoughts will never arise to disturb us. There are many difficult and unpleasant circumstances that we cannot avoid, but we can certainly avoid the unhappiness and anger these circumstances normally provoke in us. It is these habitual reactions to hardship, rather than the hardship itself, that disturb our day-to-day peace of mind, as well as our spiritual practice. When we learn to accept difficult circumstances patiently, the real problem disappears.
- Oct 8 Coping with Loss
- Oct 15 Mastering Aging, pain and illness
- Oct 22 Accepting what we can’t change and changing what we can
- Oct 29 Subduing Unhappiness about your Circumstances.
- Nov 5 Eliminating Loneliness
Everyone is welcome!
Time: Tuesdays 7:30pm – 8:45pm
Teacher: Rick Ratigan is a longtime member of KMC-MD and has contributed greatly to the community over the past 16 years. He is retired from the State of Maryland with a background in Social Services. He is a sincere meditator and Dharma practitioner and is well liked for his compassion and good sense of humor. Rick’s classes are down-to-earth and practical.
First time coming to a class? Here’s what to expect.
Location: Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, Room 400, 5885 Robert Oliver Place Oakland Mills Village, Columbia, MD 21045