Meditation

Life is short. We can live it lost in thought or we can choose to be present as life unfolds around us.

Headspace

What is Meditation?

In meditation nothing but this moment matters.

Consider it the art of being fully present – a systemic process of being with what is there in that moment with compassion and without judgement. It brings better awareness of self and induces an ease of the mind.

What meditation is not about is emptying your mind – if you are alive you will have thoughts. Thoughts and other distractions will come and go like clouds in the sky. Can you allow them to be there without getting caught up in them?

And are you ready to meet yourself and this moment with curiosity and compassion?

Meditation is not about having yet another new strategy of self-help plan, but rather providing a framework in which to see yourself more clearly.

Andy Puddicombe, Headspace co-founder

The Many Benefits of Meditation.

There are many studies documenting how meditation has benefits for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

A regular practice has been shown to promote relaxation, lower blood pressure, enhance concentration and performance, manage stress, improve confidence and invoke compassion with a deep appreciation of our interconnectedness.

How do we practice Meditation?

The best way to practice meditation is by finding a style that best suits you. Explore different styles, positions, places and times of day as well as different teachers. There is no one-size fits all and you may find yourself being drawn to different styles on different days and at different times in your life.

Whether you choose to sit on a chair, the floor, lay down or try a walk or moving meditation find a space where you feel safe and will be undisturbed. You want to find an equilibrium of ease and comfort yet awake and alert unless, of course, your aim is sleep.

The wonderful thing about meditation is that it requires no equipment and no particular space – simply the intention to practice wherever you are.

What style do I teach?

I practice and teach a variety of meditation techniques. I tend to keep my meditations real and provide an opportunity for curiosity and as much depth as you desire.

One of the things you will find in my style of meditation is that I won’t ask you to “let it go” – whatever “it” is. My experience and heart tells me that if it is there it wants to be acknowledged and heard. Can you allow it all to be there?

Recent projects include a collaboration providing meditation and laughter workshops to front-line workers experiencing burnout and exhaustion through 9 weeks of reset days including a delicious chocolate meditation!

Whether you are looking to book a regular class, a block of sessions or a one-off class for a staff well-being day or an organisation I will have something suitable for you. No previous experience is necessary.

I deliver a weekly drop-in meditation class in Marsden on Monday mornings 9.30-10.30am. Please contact me for more details.