In this case, a commercial service is being described rather than a Temple or lay practicing group. For a general list of nonprofit Temples and other local meditation groups, please see the TEMPLE PROFILES category.
The Center for Mind Body Health in the heart of Clear Lake announces a meditation class beginning tomorrow night and running for four dates (Wednesday June 6, Wednesday June 13, Monday June 25, and Wednesday June 27), from 6:30 pm to 8 pm each of those four evenings.
|Center for Mind Body Health location, |
screengrabbed from Googlemaps.
|Screengrab from the CMBH web materials.|
This training is usually offered a couple of times per year, so if you miss this session, check back with the Center for Mind Body Health for future sessions.
Moderator's Viewpoint. I am including this announcement pertaining to a for-profit business on an otherwise-noncommercial blog for the following reasons:
- I had known Gwen Brehm socially for years, knew that she offered counseling services, but had absolutely no knowledge that she had engaged in meditation training as a professional focus until learning about it more-or-less by accident late last year. Therefore, to some degree, I can vouch for this services provider on a personal level independent of any shared interest in meditation. I receive no financial or material benefit from re-broadcasting the announcement of Gwen's meditation class. I was not asked to publish it.
- Gwen's profit intention in charging a modest fee for this meditation training is minimal. In an email to me in October 2011, she noted that, when no fee is charged for a course like this, the general public tends to interpret that the corresponding instruction is not authentic. In other words, no fee, no perception of value. Quite a commentary on our materialistic consumer culture, eh?
- It's appropriate to include general references to professional psychological services in this blog in cases where there is specific knowledge of such services. From my discussions with a wide variety of people seeking to investigate meditation in their own lives, it has become clear to me that there is a definable segment of the population that prefers to be introduced to meditation concepts within a formal institutional setting rather than in a religious setting. Occasionally I've heard the comments along the lines of, "I'd like to try meditation, but I don't look into it because I'm afraid of what I might find inside my own head." These are people who may realize a greater experience of personal security and comfort if they know they are being instructed by a licensed professional. Meditation short-courses such as the one described above are useful because they allow people to become introduced to meditation's potential without a need to make longer-term financial or participatory commitments, and without becoming potentially entangled in sectarian associations.