So what do you think of meditation?
If you thought meditation was a bearded monk sitting on a mountaintop, gaunt and motionless waiting for enlightenment, I have a pleasant surprise for you: it needn’t be so!
Some of the things you can do with Meditation:
- you can manage anxiety, stress and even panic attacks
- you can boost your immunity and reduce ill health
- you can improve your concentration at work and become more productive
- you can become better focused
- you can increase your sports performance
- you can regulate your blood pressure
- you can manage pain
- you may find you become more connected with people, more compassionate
- you can improve your sleep patterns
And what does science say?
People who meditate have larger brains! Researchers at UCLA (University of California at LA) found that specific regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger and had more gray matter than the brains of individuals in a control group. Eileen Lueders, Ph.D., a visiting assistant professor at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, and colleagues used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to look into the structural connectivity of the brain. They found that the differences between meditators and controls are not confined to a particular core region of the brain but involve large-scale networks that include the frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital lobes and the anterior corpus callosum, as well as limbic structures and the brain stem. (scientific links and references can be supplied upon request)
I have never meditated before. Is it easy to learn?
Yes, it is easy – as easy as breathing!
What is the “best” kind of meditation?
There is no “best” type of meditation. Apparently researchers have found that it is the style of meditation you find enjoyable that is the right kind of meditation for you: there is no one “best” way to meditate. Researcher A Burke, PhD, of San Francisco State University says that people who do not find a method that suits their individual preferences, may stop practicing before experiencing meditation’s many benefits.
I have led meditation courses for over 10 years now; there are so many people who walk lighter and sleep deeper as a result of this, I am both exhilarated and humbled by the profound and beneficial changes meditation can bring.
You can do it too… it can be as easy and as natural as breathing!
“After the very first session I had the best sleep I have had in AGES!” ~ Fanny Maiklem, Merstham
“I want to let you know how special Eleana is. She can be literally enchanting with a lightness and yet earthiness which draws you to her. Her flame will illuminate your mind and never burn. I encourage you to meet her if you have not already.” ~ N Gilroy, Wimbledon