I'm seeking your advice, comments, and suggestions.
I'm thinking of starting a weekly group meditation session at work. I have recently been feeling quite emotionally worn out at work. I suspect this is is just something that many people working in a big institution experience from time to time. It occurred to me that instead of complaining or harbouring resentment about my work situation, I may as well do something to improve my own wellbeing. I work in a university which doesn't have a student association for Buddhism or anything like that. So I'm thinking of starting a weekly group meditation.
I'm not seeking to establish a Buddhist group or to promote Buddhism per se. I do not have the expertise to do something like that. I'm merely hoping to have a weekly open session where students or staff can drop in to sit together for 30-40min. I'm planning to ask a colleague teaching a unit on World Religions who is also a Zen practitioner to collaborate with me. It seems to me that we could position it as a general exercise in mindfulness: mindfulness of breath and body.
I'm still thinking about it, nothing is concrete yet; it will also depend on the availability of rooms. Do you have any suggestions? Based on your experience of the group sits you've attended or organised, what are some things to look out for? Any suggestions for guided meditation audio clips (preferably something that is not lineage-specific but with general instructions)? Or suggestions for websites that participants can look up for further information?
If I do go ahead with this, I do not know how the response will be. In any event, it will at least be an opportunity for me to get together with a small group of friends/colleagues who are exploring the Dhamma or who may be interested in learning the basic principles of mindfulness. If no one turns up, well, then I'll sit by myself. Like I say, I see this as an opportunity to act on my intentions and to cultivate the paramis more than an attempt to 'promote' Buddhism as such.
Your comments and advice are most appreciated!