Aims and Objectives:
The Meditation Society aims to offer anyone the tools they need, through meditation, to cultivate a happier, more compassionate and less stressful life.
Our sessions on Monday evenings aim to be mindfulness-based and beginner-friendly. These usually consist of 2-3 student-led guided meditations. The guided meditations are based upon well-known sources, such as the online meditation platform ‘Headspace’, Mindfulness CDs, as well as books given to us by local Buddhist monasteries or temples. At the end of the sessions we have a show and tell whereby a volunteer student shares an object or a passage from a book that has particular meaning to their life.
Our sessions on Thursday evenings consist of longer meditations led by the Exeter university Buddhist chaplain, John Danvers. These sessions alternate weekly between informative talks about various meditative and/or spiritual traditions and creative activities such as minimalist sound making, writing haikus and drawing.
We invite various teachers from the wider Exeter community to guide one-off sessions, such as monks from local Buddhist monasteries as well as therapists from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction professions.
We will also facilitate altruistic opportunities, organizing volunteering events that aid the local community. This might involve helping at the homeless center or running one-off activist events. We encourage the use of our social media presence to generate these events as the students see fit.
We have regular (typically, fortnightly) socials that range from meals, to nights out under the stars, to walks in Exeter’s glorious landscape.
The society currently has over 30 books that have been donated by members; these can be borrowed at any time throughout the year. A list of the books can be found on our Facebook page under Files.
We believe that the sessions could be of benefit to anyone, no matter his or her background or faith. We are committed to the cultivation of a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Official website: exetermeditation.wix.com/exemeditationsociety