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Learn to Meditate - The Metta Bhavava contains two easy-to-follow meditation classes that have been created to introduce and progress this powerful loving kindness meditation to those with little or no experience. The first Learn to Meditate - Metta Bhavana class runs for 42 minutes whilst the second is a 20 minute quick version of the practice ideal to use if you do not have time for the longer session. Both begin with a body awareness section which works to focus your mind onto your body and especially your heart centre. You are then guided through the meditation practice in 5 clear stages, as you develop, then send your loving kindness outwards in wider, and wider circles. At the end of each class, you are encouraged to sit quietly for a few moments to absorb the effects of the meditation and slowly reorient your awareness. With regular practice, Metta (loving kindness) can be developed and grown (Bhavana) into a very strong emotion that has the potential to affect every aspect of your life and interactions with others. Whilst cultivating loving kindness towards others you will be wishing them well but in the process you're changing yourself. You're cultivating the habit of being loving, and in time and with practice, reflection, and discipline this percolates through into your actions. The classes are devised and instructed by Rae Roberts. Rae is an internationally renowned meditation teacher who has practiced, studied and taught various meditation techniques for more than 30 years. Her easy-to-follow expert instructions are combined with subtle background soundscapes that set the perfect mood for the practice.
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About Rae Roberts:
Rae has been practising meditation since 1982 and is ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Community. She has taught meditation in many contexts and countries including the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. She began with the Mindfulness of Breathing Meditation and Metta Bhavana: Meditation on Loving Kindness and has done several other types of meditation over the years including the Green Tara visualisation, Six Elements Practice, Brahma Viharas and insight meditation. Rae was the Director of the Aryaloka Buddhist Centre in New Hampshire, USA for 10 years and has helped establish and run Meditation and Buddhist centres throughout the world. She lived for 3 years at the Taraloka Retreat centre in Shropshire, England, where she led retreats for women. Rae says, "I especially enjoy teaching meditation to newcomers and seeing the incredible effect it can have on them and their lives, as it did for me. Meditation helps develop inner calm and focus and is a potent tool for reducing stress and developing perspective. It opens up a new way of seeing ourselves and the world."