There are many different meditation techniques that are practised today, and whilst it is not necessarily religious, it has perhaps become best known through its association with Buddhism, Hinduism, New age/Pagan, Judaism and Taoism. Having become very popular in the West during the 1960s, it is currently the subject of much scientific research, particularly in the field of neuroscience.
What is without doubt is that people who make meditation part of their daily or weekly ritual report that life is considerably enhanced by it. The very practice of setting aside some quality "me time," creating a space of peace and calm in our lives can be very healing in itself. Allowing ourselves time to quieten the constant chatter in our heads, listen to our thoughts and simply observe ourselves, removed from outside influences, helps to produce a state of deep peace and relaxation.
Even just 5 minutes a day can be beneficial. Although of course, as you become more experienced and notice the benefits, you'll want to spend longer.
The benefit of meditation may have a real and lasting benefit on your health:
- improving feelings of wellbeing
- helps reduce levels of stress and anxiety
- lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow to the brain
- helps increase your powers of concentration and enhance creativity.
- help you feel more centred; less pulled about by your busy world and outside influences.
Of course, if you enjoy connecting with nature, one of the loveliest places to meditate is outdoors, taking even just 5 minutes of stillness to quieten your mind and relax during a woodland walk, or country stroll. You can create your "sacred space", in fact, wherever you find yourself, with a little bit of practise. Taking time-out for yourself in a natural setting can be deeply nurturing .. and you will probably find yourself "meditating" quite naturally, without even realising you are doing it sometimes. Did you ever suddenly notice that the last 5 minutes seem to have disappeared somewhere beyond your recollectioni ... until something jolts you back? That is a form of meditation too
As a therapy tool, I create guided meditations that can combine multiple techniques, personalise for clients to aid relaxation and empowerment. This can be one a 1-2-1 or group basis, and tailored for specific aims.
Just get in touch to discuss further if guided, personalised meditation is of interest to you or if you want to find out more.
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From Sad to Glad Meditation - available on CD/MP3 download
I recorded this meditation after including it in one of my regular meditation classes, on the request of several people in the group who found it extremely powerful! Since then, I decided to make it available for download too.
From Sad to Glad; a guided meditation CD to help you identify and transform the energy of negative emotion, one feeling at a time.
- A self help technique you can use time and time again
- Gentle , supportive, empowering
- Promoting feelings of inner peace, balance and harmony
- Supports your personal and spiritual growth
- Duration is approx 25 mins
I don't have a shop facility available on this website (yet!) but if you'd like to obtain a copy, the CD costs £7.00 + Post & Packing. It is finished to a high quality and comes celothane-wrapped so also makes a nice gift. MP3 version also available for download £4. Paypal accepted. Contact me via the contact page of this website to order.
Still not sure you'll have time to meditate? Then the video below is for you. Enjoy! It's one of my favourites, and it's fun to watch :)