What is Meditation?
Meditation is to calm the mind and find inner tranquility. They are many ways and methods that can aid us in our pursuit for inner transformation.
Types of Meditation
Guided meditation – a teacher will guide you through a visualisation or talk you through a method of getting into a relaxed, calm state.
Mindfulness – is to obtain stillness through the focus of the mind. Mindfulness is being 100% present to the task at hand. It is being in the present moment. For instance, you can mindfully be present by eating slowly and tasting each morsel of food, or walking down the street and noticing all the sounds and colours of your surroundings. It’s teaching you to be ‘in the now’.
Chanting – to repeat a phrase known as a “mantra” over and over to keep your mind focused on that one task. The mantra are usually ancient sayings which have been repeated over thousands of years and have picked up their own energy potency.
Point of Focus Meditation – this involves having an object in front of you to look at, such as a lit candle, to give your mind something to concentrate on. The way of the mind is to wander so to give it a task makes it less likely to go off at a tangent.
Breath Focus Meditation – this concentrates on the breath, such that you are aware of your breath coming into and leaving your body.
Benefits of Meditation
They are many benefits to meditation; they include but are not limited to:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Clarity in decision making
- Improved mental alertness
- Reduced stress levels
- Better performance in activities such as sport and recreational pursuits
- Improved problem-solving ability
- Increased creative ability
- Helps in anger management
- May help in improved state of mind
- Helps to connect to the Source and divinity
- Aids in one’s spiritual practice and upliftment
The list goes on…..
Practice makes Perfect
Like anything in life, it takes practice to be able to carry out regular meditation practice. However, you could liken it to exercise and gym attendance. How many of us initially hate or dislike going to the gym but know it’s good for us and once we do it we feel better about ourselves. Meditation is similar: initially it’s hard but once it becomes habitual it’s hard to imagine life without it. Do you struggle to meditate? You could benefit from our classes. We run a guided meditation class each Monday at 7.30pm in North Harrow covering all levels from beginner to advanced.