Three places to meditate

Meditation is about relaxation, building your internal energy and making your mind free of scattered thoughts. Where to best do this in the Algarve? We’ve selected three places.

Pictures by Kyle Rodriguez

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2016

 

On the top of Fóia

Fresh mountain air, green woodlands and the fact that on a clear day you’ll be able to see all the way to the ocean. Three good reasons to meditate on the top of Fóia, Algarve’s largest mountain. The many stacks of stones, symbols of zen, make it seem even more like a spiritual place.

Like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said: “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” To not be disturbed by visiting tourists, walk away from the café and shop for a few minutes and find yourself in nature.

 

At the stupa in Moinho do Malhão

High in the hills of the northern part of the Algarve lies Humkara Dzong, a Tibetan Buddhism Centre. Its stupa, a monument that represents the mind of all the enlightened beings (the Buddhas), is accessible to everyone.

Apart from ‘normal’ meditating, here you can also do Kora, an ancient Buddhist practice which consists of walking clockwise around the stupa while keeping a positive attitude. This walking meditation pacifies the mind and promotes well-being and a good heart. To have the place completely to yourself, visit when there are no retreats on.

 

Near Cabo de São Vicente

Water has a relaxing effect on the mind. Add to that the sound of crushing waves and the salty air and it’s no wonder that the seaside is a popular place to meditate.

At Cabo de São Vicente you’ll find yourself on the most western point of Portugal, almost completely surrounded by ocean, with water as far as your eyes can see. It’s worth waiting for sunset (take a sweater as it gets chilly) or getting up early for sunrise. Don’t go too close to the cliffs and avoid the lighthouse area if you want a quiet spot.

 

See the original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine May 2016

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