3 quiet places for mindfulness and meditation
Tulsans seeking to escape the stressful, frenetic pace of modern life have several options to practice mindfulness and meditation.
Group meditation in the chapel at the Osage Forest of Peace
Whether meditating in the chapel, raking the traditional Zen garden or chanting in the Cave of the Mothers, guests can experience the beauty of nature at the Osage Forest of Peace, a 45-acre retreat center.
From classes to community meditation and prayer to cabins for rent, there’s something for everyone. Visitors can do short sessions or longer retreats, depending on their needs. A labyrinth and woodland trails on the property also make for a peaceful walk.
“I was amazed to learn how spending time in meditation each day reframed my outlook on the world and equipped me to handle stressful situations,” says Executive Director Rev. Don Chatfield.
Rates and class times vary.
141 Monastery Road, Sand Springs
For those looking to deepen their personal quiet time, St. John’s Center for Spiritual Formation offers interfaith meditation classes led by Executive Director Sister Ellie Finlay, a solitary nun within the Anglican tradition. The Foundations in Meditative Practice course teaches the basics, then participants can take ongoing classes.
“The human mind works pretty much the same way regardless of belief system,” Finlay says. “Each person is able to use that understanding to deepen the spiritual practice he or she already has.”
$85 for a six-week course.
5840 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 305
“Yoga and meditation are two sides of the same coin,” says Victor Parachin, director of the Tulsa Yoga Meditation Center. “Yoga prepares the body to sit quietly; meditation increases awareness so that one is more mindful when doing yoga practice.”
He teaches the traditional principles for meditation and yoga based on ancient Vedic and Buddhist texts. The Wednesday group meditation class at 7 p.m. is the perfect starting point, Parachin says.
$15, drop-in rate.
Class times vary.
5319 S. Sheridan Road