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Meditation – the why and the how

Meditation – the why and the how

Why do people meditate?

Meditation is about balance, wakefulness and awareness. It is well known to reduce stress and anxiety, depression, improve concentration and reduce blood pressure, as well as improving focus and general wellbeing.

Meditation allows us to take more control over our negative thoughts and emotions and turn them into positive ones. Meditation has also been found to help with pain relief and boost our immune systems.

There are several types of meditation, the more widely known methods are:

Mindfulness – this approach teaches you to be fully aware of what is going on with yourself, inside and out. You learn to concentrate on your breathing, in and out, how it feels, how long it takes, when your mind wanders without judgement gently bring it back to your breathing.

Transcendental Meditation – uses positive affirmations or mantra, these are truthful positive statements about yourself. Again, in your quiet place think of an affirmation that you believe about yourself and repeat it. Feel what it means to you and how it makes you feel rather than just reciting it. The resulting peace allows the body to gain deep rest which can dissolve stress and strain leaving you feeling much more positive and capable. When the mind wanders off, which it will do to start with, just refocus on your mantra.

Loving Kindness Meditation – this type of meditation improves our ability to empathise with others, increase compassion and increase our feeling of purpose in life. In your quiet place, close your eyes and develop feelings of kindness, first to yourself then to a good friend, then towards a neutral person, then a difficult person, followed by all of the above, then lastly towards the whole universe. The feeling to develop is wishing everyone happiness and well-being, if it helps you can recite specific words or sentences that evoke these feelings in yourself.

Meditation techniques are a personal choice and you should choose the one that suits you best, above all it should be soothing and calming and not a chore! We offer regular evening meditation workshops where you can visit and see if the techniques suit you.

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