Six Meditation Classes in Boston to Stay Grounded This Month

Say Om.

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Contrary to popular belief, meditation can look extremely different for different people. At it’s core, whether you’re chanting on a pillow or walking through the forest, the underlying principles remain the same: Being present and quieting the mind. Some research shows it can reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety, and improve your sleep. If you’re having difficulty doing either, or both, during this busy time of year, drop into one of these meditation classes in Boston and stay grounded.

Meditation and Writing Workshop 

Learn new says to cope with your emotions in a healthy way during this meditation, journaling, and creative writing workshop. You’ll explore compassion, curiosity, and humor as you let your creative juices fly. Please bring a blanket and notebook.

$12, December 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., W2K Art Scene, 1404A Beacon St. #2, Brookline, 

Candlelit Meditation and Sound Bath

Tara Atwood, an International Sound Therapist, will guide you through a meditation and sound bath practice during this class in Jamaica Plain. An ancient practice, sound healing is said to restore balance and release blockages in both mind and body. You’ll feel all your stress and pain melt away.

$35, December 15, 5 p.m.-6 p.m., First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St., Boston,

Relational Meditation

Whereas typical meditation is about what’s going on between your own two ears, this one is all about forming a deeper and more meaningful connection with others. It’s called circling and is a “multi-stage relational practice” that blends art, communication, and yoga.

$25, December 16, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., 117 Pearson Rd., Somerville,

Winter Solstice Circle 

Join the Mind-Body Collaborative, a therapy and spiritual counseling group in Arlington, as they welcome winter during a meditation and reflection workshop. You’ll look back on the year and create manifestations for the new year.

$25, December 19, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., The Mind-Body Collaborative, 58 Medford St., Arlington, 

Meditation and Sound Bowl Massage Experience

Harmonize your chakras and experience deeper mental clarity during this class at Coolidge Yoga South End. Tibetan singling bowls will be placed on different parts of your body to create vibrations through your muscles while you receive a head and neck massage to aid in relaxation. Be sure to wear comfortable layers and do not eat two hours before class.

$35, December 20, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Coolidge Yoga South End, 15 Worcester St., Boston,

Meditation Group Practice

At the Bodhi Meditation Center in Medford you will learn moving, walking, or sitting meditation. During this free session all levels of participants are welcome and certified instructors will guide the class.

Free, Boston Bodhi Meditation Center, 101 Mystic Ave., Medford,