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Night time meditation at Seven Mile Café

Night time meditation at Seven Mile Café

Night time meditation at Seven Mile Café
January 22
11:54 2014

Tricia Sims / Intern Writer

Long after the Seven Mile Café closes on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, the Kadampa Meditation Center of Texas holds meditation classes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – creating a relaxing atmosphere in stark contrast of the usually busy  restaurant.

“This place is just so popular and it is centrally located,” Kadampa Buddhist Teacher Jenny Streit-Horn said. “The first time I ate here I thought, ‘Oh this would be a great place for mediation class.’ No one uses it at night, so it works out.”

Classes started in the Denton area about 10 years ago and Streit-Horn has been teaching it for seven of them. There are many different branches of classes in Texas, including Arlington and Lubbock. The general price for attendance is $10 and $5 for students and seniors.

Streit-Horn has made therapy her career, and said she loves doing these classes because of the way it benefits other people.

“We are actually teaching people how to be happy,” she said. “I love how it gets people to the real root of what is wrong, to oppose that and develop a peaceful mind.”

Meditation instructor Jenny Streit-Horn, teaches from her meditation book during a meditation class held each week on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Photo by Kristen Watson / Staff Photographer

Meditation instructor Jenny Streit-Horn, teaches from her meditation book during a meditation class held each week on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Photo by Kristen Watson / Staff Photographer

Whether they are just trying it out or making a commitment, there are many UNT and TWU students in attendance.

“It was in Denton and it was on my bucket list,” biology sophomore Karystian Badin said. “It smelled really good in here. If one of my friends were into it, I would take them.”

Communication design sophomore Josh Norvelle has been going to the classes for one year, and can really see a change.

“If I don’t mediate once a week or so I can just feel myself getting a lot more agitated,” he said. “A lot of little things start building up. It has really just helped me put things in perspective.”

The classes are popular for college students because they help them de-stress and focus on assignments without feeling overwhelmed.

“It helps me clear my mind and just get to the source of what I really need to do,” Norvelle said. “Align everything, get things done and prioritize things.”

The class tries to follow the Buddhism principals of compassion of having a peaceful mind and helping others. However, the instructors do not put pressure on the class to follow Buddhist practices.

“In this class, it’s all about let’s just grab some mental peace during the middle of the week and help improve relationships with others and gradually feel more peaceful,” Streit-Horn said. “Anyone can do it.”

Feature photo: Meditation instructor, Jenny Streit-Horn, starts each class with a simple breathing meditation cycle. Photo by Kristen Watson / Staff Photographer 

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