Meditation medicates Miramar

Meditation medicates Miramar

Bakhtawar Sattha is giving up her Sunday nights to share her knowledge of the healing properties of meditation. Photo by Kate Green.

A Miramar resident is giving up her Sunday nights to hold free meditation classes at the Miramar Community Centre.

Bakhtawar Sattha, 48, who has been practising meditation for the last 10 years, uses it to balance her stressful job as a social worker and wants to share the technique with others.

Sattha said the classes seemed particularly necessary in the busy, demanding world we live in today. “People are stressed.”

Stress did not discriminate based on income. It was important  classes should be free so as not to exclude anyone.

The meditation evenings follow the practices of Brahma Kumaris, a global spiritual movement active in 110 countries, aimed at people with all levels of meditation experience.

According to the Brahma Kumaris website, the movement is “dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal.”

Meditation is done with eyes open, which allows it to be done anytime, anywhere, and focuses on positive affirmations and visualisation.

Sattha said meditating on a Sunday night was a good way to start the week on a positive note and improve general well-being. “Meditation has lots of benefits, not just physically.”

Meditating in a group environment allowed people to share their experiences and learn from each other. “The vibrations, the energy, are different to being alone.”

She encouraged people to come along and learn about meditation, even if they didn’t see it as a necessary part of their life right now.

Her one take-away for people was knowledge. Even if it wasn’t the right time for someone to get into meditation, they could come back to it later.

Molly Scoular-Sutton, 22, went along to the first class. “I appreciated having time set aside for me to just kind of be; free from distractions, stresses, and my phone.”

She practised meditation a little in her first year of university, liked the idea that meditation could help stay calm and level-headed through life’s difficult times.  “If you’re having a day where you just feel bad, it helped to stop that from being so debilitating.”

Scoular-Sutton said she appreciated Sattha sharing her own experiences with meditation  and enjoyed the group environment. “Having a community session is good because it gives you more accountability to do it.”

People interested in the classes can find them on Facebook by searching “Free Meditation Class with Bakhtawar”. Times are shown on the event page.

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Article by Kate Green

About Author Student reporter for Miramar area and specialist subject reporter for disability news. Graduate of Victoria University of Wellington in film, media, and English literature. Owner of two guinea-pigs, and too many books.


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About Author Student reporter for Miramar area and specialist subject reporter for disability news. Graduate of Victoria University of Wellington in film, media, and English literature. Owner of two guinea-pigs, and too many books.


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