MEDITATION - WHAT IS IT?
One of the first responses I often get once I tell people I'm a meditation teacher is "Oh I can't meditate - I just can't empty my mind!"
The first thing to realise is that meditation is not about having a blank mind - one of the things that characterises us as human beings is our complex thought processes and it would be unhelpful and potentially dangerous for us to attempt to shut down our brain!
It is more accurate to look at the art of meditation as being able to turn down the chatter in our mind, and give ourselves a space in which to just relax in the moment, and watch our thoughts, memories, anxieties and to-do-lists just pass by like clouds in a blue sky, available to us whenever we need them, but not important right now.
The other misconception about mediation is that it is very hard, or complex to do - many people have told me that they have tried to meditate, but found it too difficult. There are a number of reasons why people think they have 'failed' in their attempts to meditate, the most common arising from the misunderstandings around what meditation actually is.
Put simply, meditation is the practice of resting quietly in a gentle awareness of the present moment, usually employing an anchor such as breath, sound, mantra or progressive body relaxation to keep focus.
When you put it that way, it doesn't sound to difficult, does it? It is however very important to learn the straightforward techniques that will provide you with a basis for exploring and deepening your personal meditation practice, and my 1-2-1 sessions and group classes offer you the choice of how you begin your journey. If you have further questions about meditation for you please don't hesitate to get in touch for your free, no-obligation phone consultation where I will do my best to answer all your queries, and make suggestions about how you might be able to best incorporate a more mindful aspect into your daily lifestyle.
Below you will find a guided meditation that can help give you an idea what to expect - it is a short (15 min) Buddhist practice designed to help you develop feelings of care and compassion towards yourself, those around you, and all beings that share this Earth. Just find a quiet space, turn your phone on silent, close your eyes and follow my voice. Enjoy!
"Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there"