Everyday life can move so quickly that sometimes all you need is to slow down and calm your mind. But oftentimes that’s easier said than done. Maybe a few techniques can help do the trick—help you to de-stress, clear your mind and release the tension that can so easily fill your day. These meditation centers offer techniques to help you find your center.

Mindfulness Practice Center Of Fairfax
Program Building of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
2709 Hunter Mill Road
Oakton, VA 22124
(703) 938-1377
(Location from June 9 to Aug. 29, 2014)

Unity of Fairfax
2854 Hunter Mill Road
Oakton, VA 22124

This center teaches the concept of conscious breathing in order to find peace and joy within, and to be sustained by it. This technique can allow individuals to understand the root of deep-seeded pain, like fear and anger, and ultimately enable healing and transformation. The Mindfulness Practice Center believes in being aware of what’s going on in one’s body, mind and in the world in the attempt to avoid harming others, as well as one’s self.

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Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center
Various locations in the DMV
(301) 270-8353

The Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center hopes to teach practitioners how to better embrace the world, and to act in wise and loving ways through the development of an inner stillness and awareness. Participants aim to be more fully present in their lives, and more aware of what they are doing as they are doing it. During Still Water’s weekly practices, members come together to sit in meditation and support each other. The two-hour gathering involves a welcome and introductions, sitting and walking meditation and a short program that may consist of a talk, a guided meditation or a presentation. The evening usually ends with a discussion about bringing mindfulness into one’s life, work and society.

Transcendental Meditation
11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 408
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 770-5690

Sitting with your eyes closed for just 15 to 20 minutes two times a day is all you need to begin to practice the meditation technique taught by Transcendental Meditation (TM). Transcendental says that its method allows participants to “transcend or go beyond thought to experience the silent reservoir of energy, creativity and intelligence within that lies everyone at the source of thought.” The full technique is expected to help participants gain “profound rest” which enables them to eliminate deep-rooted stress and fatigue, and create a higher state of mental and physical health.

Insight Meditation
Jefferson School City Center
Common Ground
233 4th St. N.W.
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays

The Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (IMCC) offers weekly meditation, classes, day-long programs and retreats to teach its practitioners the art of mindful awareness. IMCC functions according to a set of core principals and values, which include cultivating the growth of spirit and community of individuals, initiating and promoting activities and programs that enhance the well-being and quality of life of the community and supporting other organizations and individuals with goals similar to its own. IMCC’s teachers are lifelong learners who impart principles that reflect their unique perspectives. Meditation students can receive one-on-one consultations from teachers where they can discuss practical and ethical issues, and gain insight on which meditation techniques suit them best.

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