Soothing Loneliness through Meditation
Love and Compassion as a Cure for Loneliness
At a time when we are encouraged to maintain physical distance from each other, loneliness and feelings of isolation are on the rise. Loneliness happens when we feel rejected, empty, or alienated from others. It’s a complex state of mind that can lead to depression, anxiety and physical health issues.
Now, it’s more important than ever to enhance our emotional connection with others. Research shows that loving-kindness practice increases positive emotions such as hope and love while reducing negative emotions. The benefits of love are very powerful and special – as soon as we generate an attitude of loving-kindness, we start to feel more calm and joy within, and naturally connected with others.
During this course, we will be cultivating our heart and minds through the practices of The Four Immeasurables. These practices open the heart and bring joy into our lives, countering any loneliness or despair, and deepening our connection with others. We will be sharing these practices together as a group, and making friendships with like-minded people.
About the course
This course will consist of 4 x 1.5hr sessions, delivered Live via Google Meet on Saturday mornings, 10-11.30am from Saturday, 30 January 2021 to Saturday, 20 February 2021.
We encourage you to attend all sessions live, to interact with the rest of the group, make friends, and share in the discussion sessions.
The sessions are a mixture of dharma talks, guided meditations, meditation tips, and group discussion.
There is no need to prepare anything special – just find a quiet, comfortable place where you will not be disturbed.
✔ 4 sessions with retreat leader, David Johnson
✔ Guided meditations on loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity – which are easy to follow and can be practised at home.
✔ Dharma talks – exploring Buddhist psychology and the teachings of the Four Immeasurables.
✔ A chance to discuss with others and ask questions
✔ Access to an exclusive Facebook Group for support and interaction with the Sangha.
✔ Lifetime access to the 4-week course online
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Prices & Booking
Pre-booking is essential.
Standard Rate – Suggested donation is £30 for the full course. All proceeds go towards the development of future programs and our vision for The Samadhi Retreat Centre. Teachers do not receive any payment for leading group retreats at Samadhi.
NHS Workers – We are pleased to offer a £10 discount for NHS workers. Please choose the NHS Workers option below. Please note, we may contact you for evidence of your ID badge.
We believe that no-one should be excluded because of low income. Please contact us here if you would like to apply for a funded place. If you would like to support our vision of making these teachings as accessible as possible, please consider making a donation, supporting future groups, events & retreats. Interested to know why there is a charge for this event and what happens to profits? Read here.
David JohnsonContemplative, Meditator, Founder of SamadhiDavid (also known as Dassetu, in Pali simply meaning ‘one who points out or shows’) is an experienced contemplative and meditator who has studied the mind, meditation, and Buddhism for several years. David has taught classes and workshops internationally. His teachings and retreats are clear and practical, with a warm, pragmatic and humorous approach. Coming from his own experience, he wishes to help people access the meditations and practices which have transformed his and others lives for generations.