Last night I went to the inaugural meditation class at Om Factory. Led by Allyson Pimental and Michael Fayne, two clinical psychologists, the class introduced mindfulness meditation (also called insight meditation) as a technique for mental wellness.
Apparently this form of meditation, in which you simply observe the body and mind without trying to change anything, is effective in treating heart disease, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, depression, and many other ailments. You simply observe the breath, without any expectations. In contrast to Hindu forms of meditation, which often try to create a perfect stillness in the mind, this Buddhist form of meditation focuses on accepting the present, moment by moment.
I’ve been meditating off and on for a few years, but I’m trying to establish a daily practice now, and I find that a guided meditation really helps to refocus my energy. Our 15-minute session flew by, and I felt significantly calmer afterwards. Most of the students (7 in total) had not meditated before, and there were question-and-answer opportunities throughout, so the class is fine for new beginners. Mike and Allyson are both extremely articulate, experienced practitioners.
The class takes place every Wednesday from 7–8pm at Om Factory. The class is taught collaboratively for now; eventually they will start alternating weeks. Highly recommended.