We live in a society in which it is often difficult for us to connect with ourselves because we are so influenced by the culture around us. Moreover, with the pace of life in Western societies, we hardly have time to relax and breathe, let alone treat ourselves with compassion and enjoy ourselves, our own essence.
In the West, in recent times, meditation has become fashionable . Terms such as mantras, chakras, Vipassana Meditation, Tonglen Meditation, etc., are becoming increasingly known in developed countries.
Benefits of meditation
Meditation is key to finding inner peace and enjoying greater emotional well-being, and scientific studies claim that it brings many benefits. Among them are:
- It influences the emergence of positive thoughts.
- It encourages an optimistic and positive attitude towards life.
- It reduces stress, and helps you to relax and find calm.
- It helps to overcome anxiety and negative mood.
- It improves memory and other cognitive functions such as attention.
- It increases self-knowledge and allows reflection on one’s own experience.
If you want to know more about the benefits of this millenary practice, you can read our article: “Benefits of meditation backed by science”
Courses to learn to meditate or perfect the practice
Sometimes it can be difficult to learn to meditate, but with practice it is possible to benefit from all the above points. In our article “12 meditation exercises (practical guide and benefits)” we give you some tips to start improving your well-being.
However, you can also attend meditation classes to perfect your meditation technique. Below you can find a list of courses to become a great meditator .
1. Essential Meditations for Happiness (Kadampa Meditation Centre, Barcelona)
If you live in Barcelona, Kadampa Meditation Centre Barcelona offers you the possibility to learn to meditate and enjoy a greater well-being with its meditation workshops essential to be happy. These classes are also very productive for people who meditate and have experience in this type of practice.
During the course you will learn the correct technique for effective meditation, which will allow you to find inner peace and achieve a state of mind that is better adapted to the environment of modern societies. Meditation is ideal for finding ourselves and dealing with any day-to-day problems in the best possible way.
In addition to the workshops that are held continuously at this center, those interested can also take 1 hour classes on Monday mornings.
2. Course of meditation and introduction to Buddhism (Rigpa Centre, Madrid)
Practicing meditation can change your life. That is why the Rigpa Centre offers training in this ancient practice in various locations in Spain . Its centre in Madrid is one of the most popular, and hundreds of individuals have improved their wellbeing through its personal growth workshops.
Living in the present moment, with compassion and self-knowledge is key to avoiding suffering, improving the quality of life and finding inner peace. Every month, this centre helps many people with its great educational offer.
3. MSC Program: Mindfulness and Self-Pity (Instituto Psicoeducativo Elea, Madrid)
Mindfulness is an ancient practice that is very fashionable in the West because of its health benefits. In fact, many psychologists use it, as they are aware that it helps to improve the mental health of their patients. In addition, the practice of Mindfulness is also used in other fields such as education, work or sports.
The Elea Psychoeducational Institute of Madrid is giving a workshop on Mindfulness and Compassion that provides an in-depth understanding of this philosophy that has its origin in Buddhism. It is key to carrying out a process of personal transformation that helps to adapt better to the environment and allows one to be happier. This program has been scientifically proven, and provides the tools to be able to put it into practice on a daily basis. Vicente Simón, one of the best known figures in this field is the teacher of this course.
4. Certificate of Meditation and Mindfulness for Trainers (Centro Meditaya, Barcelona)
The Meditaya Centre offers meditation courses throughout Spain . Those interested can attend workshops to improve their own well-being, weekend courses and even one-day courses. However, this centre is known for providing training for people who wish to become meditation and mindfulness instructors.
These certificates are granted by the Spanish Association of Meditation, which has been offering a training program since 1976. The certificates are recognized in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Israel, South Africa, Ireland and Canada, and last between 18 and 36 months.
5. Meditation classes (Alzentro, Madrid)
Alzentro is an institution dedicated to offering welfare courses . Among its trainings we can find courses in meditation, but also in yoga and Mindfulness. Scientific studies have shown that meditation improves the emotional balance of its practitioners and beneficial daily practice for different reasons.
With this course it is possible to learn to master attention and breathing and also to enjoy better mental and emotional health. Alzentro will help you to live a fuller life and to be aware of your own body, thoughts and feelings. It focuses on the vipassana tradition of Mindfulness.