Everybody experiences stress. How one deals with it is a matter of personal choice. Some of the world’s greatest leaders have practiced meditation to reduce stress, bring about personal clarity to help make productive, life-changing decisions and to influence peace. No matter where you live, there is a place to learn and practice meditation techniques. Here are a few of the best meditation centers in the DFW area.
Arlington – Kadampa Meditation Center
609 Truman St.
Arlington, TX 76011
Kadampa Meditation Center offers a variety of meditation classes and they are not just for adults. Dharma for Kids offers a simple introduction to Buddha’s teachings, which emphasize kindness, happiness and respect for oneself and others. The Sunday morning classes from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. are suited for children ages four to 10 and include teachings, prayers, meditation and an art project. The cost of $1 is to cover snacks and supplies.
Downtown Dallas – Crow Collection of Asian Art
2010 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Sunday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Trammell Crow Collection of Asian Art offers simple breathing meditation classes that are suited for anyone. By applying the breathing techniques offered in this class, it is said that one can experience a calm feeling of mind. Daily practice can assist in relieving stress and tension. The classes are free. Parking is available in the Trammell Crow Center Garage, in area parking lots and at street meters.
Uptown Dallas – Cosmic Café
2912 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
Different from what most people consider to be traditional “quiet” meditation, “Dynamic Meditation” reaches into a deeper part of your mind and body to bring out emotional, mental and spiritual blocks that have hindered creativity and clear thinking. This is not a typical meditation class. Participants wear blindfolds to help them focus without the visual distractions. Set to music and native sounds, participants jump, yell and move their bodies and arms. It is finished with peaceful sounds and music that encourages one to be different. This particular type of meditation is extremely effective in bringing out aggravation and helps create inner peace and promotes energy. Donations are appreciated. Parking is available behind the building.
Richardson – Dallas Meditation Center
727 S. Floyd Road
Richardson, TX 75080
Interfaith meditation that encompasses Christian, Zen, Vipassana, Pure Land, Thich Nhat Hanh and Tibetan is offered at Dallas Meditation Center. There are a variety of classes including music and movement such as yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, drum and flute circles. Classes range in price and there is plenty of parking.
Downtown Ft. Worth – “Meditations for a Kind Heart”
YMCA of Ft. Worth
512 W. 4th St.
Ft. Worth, TX 76102
“Meditations for a Kind Heart” is the focus of this weekly meditation class from Kadampa Meditation Center. Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., participants are guided through a journey to expand their hearts and achieve happiness while acknowledging the interdependence of all living beings. This enlightenment improves relationships and expands personal happiness. The class is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Free parking is available on Burnett, 3rd and 4th Streets.
Denton – “Meditations for a Clear Mind”
Seven Mile Cafe
311 W. Congress St.
Denton, TX 76201
Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Seven Mile Café hosts Kadampa Meditation Center’s “Meditations for a Clear Mind” which incorporates three different meditations in the series. The first lays a foundation for mediation on the mind by helping to overcome physical appearances. The second introduces clarity of the mind and the third is a meditation on the root mind. Combined, they help to embark on a journey of exploration of the mind through which one can discover their inner potential for lasting peace and happiness. The class is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.
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