Since the start of the year a growing group of people from the gay community interested in spiritual development has met once a week in Potts Point to learn about and share meditation practices.

The Sydney Gay Meditation Group was founded by Ruen Chew, who saw a need for gay community members to be able to learn about and experience meditation in a non-religious context.

Meditation can be an effective tool for a holistic and enriching life, Chew said.

I have met many gay people who are drawn to the concept of meditation, but are deterred by the negative connotations of the religious groups offering them. Thus, the Sydney Gay Meditation Group was born.

The gay meditation group is not specific to any religion or to any specific meditation technique -” anyone who comes along is invited to share meditation practices they are familiar with. Over time we’re all learning about a range of techniques, and each person can work out for themselves which practices suit them best.

Free weekly sessions are held on Tuesdays at 7pm at Club Swans (second floor), 28 Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross. Sessions are guided, making them suitable for novice meditators -” no prior experience is needed.

People from the gay community, their friends and allies are all welcome to attend. In recent weeks over 20 people have attended each session, with most staying to share a meal afterwards.

info: For further information go to Gay Meditate on Facebook or email sydneygaymeditationgroup@gmail.com

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