What meditation centre(s) would you recommend? I read some of Robert Wright's book on meditation and the truths of Buddhism recently and was quite persuaded.
I think the problem a lot of people of both sexes have is that their hobbies are either embarrassingly geeky (mostly men) or non-existent (both sexes). So particularly on dating apps they are all reduced to playing it safe and talking about the fact they go on holiday once or twice a year and watch things on Netflix. And of course they are convinced eating a pub lunch a few times a month makes them a real "foodie".
But yeah, women (people) with other things going on in their lives not only seem more interesting but are more interesting.
You are definitely right. In asset management, this is known as 'benchmark hugging'. Play it safe and at least don't be seen as weird, instead of taking more of a risk to connect with others who might also be on your level. It's a far more effecient way. And I guess that's why people on here talk about meeting Church women. There is also something good about the iterativeness of these environments. You see this really beautiful girl, and you know shes going to go back to church / said hobby / place of worship next week for example and there is something very exciting and natural about looking forward to the next opportunity to see her.
That said, having an interest in something like meditation or a particular hobby is of course a great way to meet a women. And online, I honestly doubt more than 1/100 of those women have ever been to a meditation centre, let alone even contemplated. So when you actually go to your particular hobby or pursuit, whatever it is, everyone who comes through the door by default already shares the same interest as you to some degree and you should 'get on' with most of these women, let alone all. A much much better starting point than online dating.
As for meditation centres, there are a few. The London Buddhist Centre is a good one. In a funny way, Buddhism has kind of been my 'church' on and off. And in hindsight there were some good quality women there, depending on how you define good quality. Probably less the have kids and family type and a bit more libertarian / open minded / intellectual / wholesome types with some depth. Of course the problem with spirtual types on this path is that you sometimes meet the left wing activists so you have to be careful, as it does tend to attract those types. My sense is that the church is certainly a more conservative environment compared.
So my question as things (hopefully) start to reopen is how to engage with these old and new communities. A mix of a meditation group and a weekly church thing might work though. The two can be compatible to some degree, at least for a time period. I still need to investigate which spirtual path is the right one for me, assuming I should pick one.