Jenna Wolf of The Lotus Room
For 12th & Broad
Published 8:00 AM EDT Jul 18, 2019
For many, beginning a meditation practice alone can be overwhelming.
Thankfully, Nashville is home to many different meditation groups who meet regularly throughout the week and serve as a guide for those seeking to add a mindfulness practice into their life.
Meditating with others in a group connects you with people from all different backgrounds and levels of experience. Group gatherings also offer consistency to those of us who find it hard to make time for meditation.
Because meditation is birthed out of Eastern spirituality, many groups do teach from the Buddhist perspective. However, Nashville is a spiritually diverse city and more and more groups are popping up from different religious foundations. You do not have to be of any spiritual background to attend these gatherings. You also do not need any meditation or mindfulness experience to begin.
If you are considering adding meditation into your life but are unsure where to begin, head to one of these welcoming groups for help. You will quickly find comfort knowing you’re not the only one who is a rookie to the practice.
The best part, you don’t even have to talk to anyone if you don’t want to. Just show up, listen and breathe.
Nashville Friends House
530 26th Avenue
Monday 7-8:30 p.m.
Nashville Zen Center
3123 Gallatin Pike,
Nashville, TN 37216
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Saturday at 7 a.m.
Join the Nashville Zen Center every Tuesday night for a meditation practice in the Soto Zen tradition (Japanese). A unique Buddhist practice, Soto Zen is a meditation style with no objects, anchors, or content. The meditator aims to stay present with their stream of thoughts, allowing them to arise and pass away without interference.
Practice includes two 25-minute silent sittings, with a 5 minute walking meditation in between, followed with a short discussion and closing chant. Newbies are asked to arrive at 6:45 for a brief orientation.
410 Central Ave. Nashville TN 37211
Sundays at 10 am
Wednesdays at 7 pm
Shambhala is an international community of meditation centers founded by Buddhist monk and teacher, Trungpa Rinpoche. The Nashville meditation group meets every Sunday morning in the 12th South neighborhood and sittings are open to the public. The Shambhala tradition is founded on the “sanity and gentleness” of the Buddhist tradition while still leaving space for everyone’s unique path to peace. This loving community is passionate about creating an enlightened society through meditation and the teachings of the Buddha.
Wild Heart Meditation Center
3123 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216
Sunday 10a – Mediation & Dharma Talk | 7p – Meditation & Dharma Talk
Monday 5p – Yoga | 7:30p – Refuge Recovery
Tuesday 10a – Yoga
Wednesday 7a – Silent Morning Practice | 7p Mindfulness Practice Session
Thursday 10a – Yoga | 7p – Buddhism & The 12 Steps
Friday 5:30p – Meditate with a Monk | 7:30p Refuge Recovery
Jenna Wolf is a licensed massage therapist, yoga instructor, reiki master, ayurvedic practitioner, Belmont grad and owner of Nashville’s leading healing studio, The Lotus Room. A native Southern Californian, Jenna is inspired by nature and the art of ancient living through the practice of yoga and ayurveda. She believes in the power of positive thinking, the freedom of artistic expression and is a forever advocate of peace and love. For more information on massage, yoga, ayurveda and upcoming workshops, visit thelotusroomnashville.com. Like The Lotus Room on Facebook and follow Jenna’s personal journey into living The Good Life on Instagram @jennawolf.