Top Spots To Meditate In Houston

August 13, 2016 7:00 AM

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Meditation is not a religion; it is a universal tool for calming the mind. Though some meditation techniques may be rooted in religion, all are based on reaching a state of pure consciousness. Whether you are new to meditating or yearning to deepen your regular meditation practice, Houston has a number of spots throughout the city offering structured classes, retreats, and workshops–most even free of charge.
Houston Zen Center
1605 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 869-1952
www.houstonzen.org

Zazen meditation, or Zen meditation as it’s more commonly called, is a type of meditation technique specific to Zen Buddhism. Buddhist or not, anyone is welcome to reap the benefits of this type of meditation practice.Houstonians interested in learning about Zen meditation are encouraged to attend Houston Zen Center’s introduction to Zen held the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 7:45 pm. Meditations are held twice each day, Monday through Thursday, with each morning session consisting of a sitting practice (Zazen), walking practice, a second Zazen, and ending with chanting. It is not mandatory to stay for the entire session; anyone can leave at the end of any meditation period (after Zazen or the walking practice). Evening meditations are Zazen only. Saturday and Sunday sessions are held weekly, with Sunday being the largest program of the week. The daily meditation calendar is posted on their website, along with a printable monthly calendar available for download.


Transcendental Meditation

2121 San Felipe St., Suite 132
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 529-9502
www.tm.org

Transcendental meditation is not linked to any religion or philosophy, but is a form of meditation practiced twice daily, in 20 minute sessions each time. Transcendental meditation does not focus on breathing or chanting as is common in other forms of meditation, but quiets the mind to help reduce anxiety and stress just the same. Though introductory information sessions are available, Transcendental meditation requires one-on-one instruction from a certified teacher. H-Town holds regular information sessions for those interested in learning more about the specific technique.

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Houston Shambhala Center
808 W. Main St.
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 686-5176
www.houston.shambhala.org

The basic Shambhala teaching is that the fundamental nature of every person is good and through Shambhala everyone can experience their natural source of radiance, courage and generosity. Houston Shambhala Center holds regular meditation classes structured so that anyone–whether they’re looking for simple relaxation or are on a more spiritual path–can drop-in anytime. The Center also offers a number of contemplative arts, including flower arranging, writing, and photography, to integrate art and culture with everyday life. The Way of Shambhala is an extensive path of training for those interested in delving deeper into meditation and the contemplative arts and includes a combination of weekly classes and weekend retreats.

Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston
12129 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77072
www.cthouston.org

Chung Tai Zen Center of Houston offers Zen meditations free of charge, though donations are appreciated. The Center hosts a continuing series of weekly classes at various levels beginning every four months. Each two-hour long class meets weekly for 12-weeks and is open to the public. The classes consist of one hour of meditation followed by a one hour lecture on Zen Buddhist teachings. In addition to weekly adult classes, children’s meditation classes are also offered for kids ages 4-12, workshops, 1/2 day retreats, and blessing and dedication ceremonies.

Sahaja Meditation
14010 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(832) 433-2415
www.houston-meditation.org

Houston Meditation is an organization that hosts free Sahaja Yoga meditation classes throughout Houston and the surrounding areas. Sahaja Yoga meditation is a simple technique used to achieve a spiritual breakthrough of self-realization. From the Woodlands to Kingwood and Sugar Land, each 60-minute Sahaja meditation class is available twice weekly with no pre-registration required. All classes begin at beginner level with a short introduction, followed by an explanatory video, a meditation session, and collective mediation workshop. Anyone curious about Sahaja meditation can check out the free meditation course online or download a free copy of the Sahaja Meditation Magazine.

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Mary Evett is a yoga-loving, Houston-area, freelance writer, with a healthy DIY addiction. As the mother of three boys, she always knows where to find the best deal on sneakers. Her work can be found on Examiner.com, in addition to a number of other online publications.

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