What is Meditation?
In essence Meditation trains the mind to go inwards and rest in a still place in full awareness. When the mind is calm, thoughts can be observed without judgment or attaching labels and without clinging to outcomes. It is a relaxed inner state of focussed awareness which embraces experience directly rather than becoming involved in a story the mind has created and embellished.
Meditation is a skill ; a technique which gives the mind a rest and a spring-clean from habitual thinking patterns. It’s about stepping back and noticing our thought patterns without reacting or being carried away by the emotion of them.
When you can fully embrace anxiety or depression in this way you create the exact conditions that promote healing and transformation.. There is a saying “If You Can Breathe, You Can Meditate”. There are many different ways to meditate and “Meditation For Living” aims to find a style that suits you. Meditation is accessible for all and doesn’t need to take hours of time or involve sitting in weird and wonderful positions!
“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.”Deepak Chopra
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” Rumi
Learning how to meditate can transform your life and the lives of those around you. It is a powerful and elegant tool for self-care & wellbeing, providing life – long skills for managing stress and anxiety, enhancing wellbeing and enables you to actively participate in your own wellness.
Stress is a major and growing cause of absence from work. Excess stress or dis-stress is often at the root of many serious health problems. In our busy lives today we are constantly bombarded by stimuli, information and demands. Society seems increasingly fragmented and disconnected. We often over think or complicate matters in our minds. Meditation offers an open expanded space where we can consciously just be with what is and experience our True Self. It has been called the antidote to stress, bringing mind and body back into balance so healing can occur. Meditation is a wonderful foundation for an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.
“Fall in love with taking care of your mind, body and spirit. We must remember we are not the waves of the mind but the vastness of the ocean”
Research shows that a regular meditation practice can have many benefits to both physical and mental health including:-
- lower blood pressure and resting heart rate
- reduced cholesterol levels
- reduced tension induced pain such as headaches, muscle and joint pain.
- lower stress & anxiety levels
- improved concentration and memory
- improved sleep patterns
- increased feelings of wellbeing
- boosted immune system
- reduced anxiety & depression
- enables a deeper understanding of our inner self
- increased capacity for empathy and compassion
- Better perspective – respond rather than react to situations
“If you have a meditation practice, you can be much more effective in a meeting… Meditation helps develop your abilities to focus better and to accomplish your tasks.”
Robert Stiller – CEO, Green Mountain Coffee, Billionaire.
With regular practice people find they are calmer, have a greater capacity for empathy & tend to respond in a more balanced way to people or events in their lives. Like learning any new skill or getting fit it is important to meditate regularly. Some days will feel great and some will be a struggle. It doesn’t need to be perfect which is why we practise.
* Meditation is not a quick fix or a substitution for counselling. If you suffer from severe depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia or Epilepsy you will need a referral from your G.P and meditation may not be advisable.*
“Breathing in, I calm body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know this is the only moment.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Are you Mindfull or Mindful?
Dwelling in the past Present with the now Fearing the future
“A most useful approach to meditation practice is to consider it the most important activity of each day. Schedule it as you would an extremely important appointment, and unfailingly keep your appointment.” Roy Eugene Davis
“I was with a group of people listening to Jane’s presentation on meditation and found her to be so calming which made me feel very relaxed. I found it to be very helpful getting to know the different techniques of meditation and have now started to use it in my every day life … Thank you Jane. ” Lynda
“Just to say how helpful your introduction to meditation was, I have found it most interesting and try to meditate when I feel rather stressed or just to slow down a little. I find that just a few minutes of gentle breathing helps calm me down. ” Kathleen
“I found the talk given by Jane very enjoyable. It was calming and relaxing as was Jane’s manner. With today’s fast pace of life and high expectations it would help everyone’s health and wellbeing to practice meditation.” Avril
“I found Jane’s explanation of the various types of meditation most informative. The exercises we all practised together were made even more beneficial to me because Jane herself exuded such a strong sense of tranquility and peace. All in all it was a very healing experience and has helped me to cope in a balanced way with everyday problems.” Joan
“The talk on meditation was very informative and relaxing. ” Maureen
Copyright 2018 Jane Rainey Meditation For Living