What is Meditation?
Put simply Meditation is the antidote to Stress.
We live in a world full of stimulation and distraction with constant demands on us to be performing at our best.
This is the unaviodable toll we pay for the luxury and convenience of living in the information age.
As our bodies and brains try to adapt to the sudden explosion of the technological boom of the last 30 years, we see a correlation with a sharp increase in Anxiety and Depression as well as Illness and Disease.
But the fast pace of the modern world doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon, so what can we do to ensure we not just survive but thrive in these modern times?
Fortunately the body has the in-built Intelligence to counter Stress and the ability to bring our entire nervous system into greater states of health and vitality.
I like to give the example of Dental hygiene, what would you expect to happen if you decided to stop brushing your teeth for 10 years?
Firstly that would be disgusting so definitely don’t do that!
Secondly in the short term you would expect terribly bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease with long term problems like heart attack and stroke. But all it took was the humble toothbrush and a little discipline, to prevent all of that disease. I’m sure the practice of teeth cleaning didn’t come naturally to everyone but it’s a good habit and the benefits in the long term far exceed the short term daily investment that it takes to maintain the pearly whites.
But what about Mental Hygiene?
We know of the negative consequences of having poor Mental Hygiene like Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness, Stress, Burnout, Addiction just to name a few.
Meditation is the Mental Hygiene equivalent of the toothbrush.
A practice that done daily not only prevents negative Mental Health outcomes but enlivens the positive outcomes like increasing focus and clarity, experiencing greater happiness and wellbeing, Improving sleep and increased energy and vitality. At this point a daily Meditation practice seems like a no brainer, but lets look at some of the reasons why we don’t start or don’t stick with it.
At first setting aside time to meditate each day can seem too hard when it feels like the schedule is already full, but once the practice has been established people that Meditate report feeling like they in fact have more time because they are more present and more productive with the rest of the time in their day.
Another reason some don’t start a practice is because they believe they can’t do it, because they can’t stop thinking.
It’s one of the biggest misconceptions that you need to be able to stop the mind from thinking, if you have an over active mind this meditation can bring more calmness and clarity to the mind.
The last reason people don’t stick with meditation is they believe they are not “good” at it. Which is like saying “I won’t keep exercising -because I’m not fit enough!”.
Because Meditation is a tool for establishing and increasing wellbeing there isn’t a goal to get to, just like there isn’t a goal to get to when you brush your teeth. So it doesn’t matter how “good” you are at it, just as long as you Meditate and brush your teeth everyday, then your dental and mental hygiene will be on point.
The technique I teach is an easy to learn mental process, it is effortless to practice and yet powerful in its ability to bring the body into states of deep rest.
Allowing the mind to naturally settle down into deeper states shifts the nervous system out of stress mode "fight or flight" into a "rested alertness" which is our natural state.
It’s important to note this practice is completely secular and complimentary to all yoga practices.
How is this technique taught?
This technique is taught in person over 3 consecutive sessions each lasting approximately 90 minutes.
In each session you will be taught how to practice and over the course further refine your understanding of the technique, the mechanics of stress and the nature of the mind.
In between sessions you will have a chance to practice at home, in the following session we will review your home practice and answer all questions that arise.
By the last session you will be fully self sufficient and ready to make meditation a part of your daily life.