Inspired by Adrienne’s invitation to people to meditate at the same time as her each morning and evening when she was on her merit walk around the Pembrokeshire coast, I had the idea that Field of Merit could offer an online meditation day.
When Field of Merit materialises as an actual place there will be the opportunity for retreatants to meditate together morning and evening, but most of the time, we imagine, people will be practicing alone in the hermitages, supported by the spiritual momentum that builds up in a place where people are meditating and following a contemplative practice.
Sitting with others, even if we are not in the same physical room, can inspire us to get to our meditation cushion and gives a certain positive energy to our practice. Think of the space that you meditate in at home as your hermitage for the time you are sitting!
My thoughts so far, for an online meditation day, are:
- Try it once, and if it is popular we could do it regularly, say once a month on a specific day e.g. 2nd Saturday of each month.
- We would post the program for the day on the website so that people could follow along.
- People could do the whole day, or drop in and out. The program could start at 8am and end at 5pm (UK time), with a 20-minute meditation and 10-minute walking meditation starting each hour and half-hour. People could take time out for lunch and tea-breaks whenever it suited them.
- If we use online seminar technology, such as that provided by GoToMeeting, we could have a tea & questions together at a pre-arranged time.
Please let us know what you think of this idea by posting a comment below or by contacting us. Would the online technology encourage you or would you be quite happy without it? What do you think of the suggested program? Have you done anything like this before? (I haven’t!)
Look forward to hearing from you.