I have been meditating for more than ten years and I love offering meditation training as part of my work.
Meditation can help:
- Facilitate relaxation
- Reduce stress
- Reduce anxiety
- Increase self-awareness and consciousness
- Improve happiness and health
- Improve concentration
- Aid clearer thinking and much more
I have often worked with people who know what the problem is, but simply aren’t able to make the changes they want. Here’s where meditation comes in. Through developing concentration and consciousness, meditation offers a tool like no other, allowing you to create the inner strength needed to become all that you are capable of being.
What is meditation?
Meditation is a way to build inner strength, concentration and wisdom. We have become very mind-identified. Just about everyone can relate to having thousands of thoughts running through their mind, with no control over them. Whilst a mind can be a wonderful tool, an out of control mind, which most of us have, can start to work against us. This then leads to a range of problems from repeating history, to experiencing obsessive, or even attacking thoughts.
Through meditation, we learn about our inner experience and create a space within, from where we can choose our responses, rather than blindly reacting. This in turn, opens up a realm of possibility and freedom, where we are free to create the lives we want.
How does meditation training work?
With therapy: Meditation training can be embedded into your therapy; either as a stand-alone session(s), or during a therapy session, within our working period.
Without therapy: Meditation training can also be undertaken on its own, as a set of weekly sessions.
What is a good meditation to start with?
There are literally hundreds of different ways to meditate. It’s rather like dancing, different styles suit different people and there’s no right way.
A good place to start, and actually this can be all you ever need, is with a simple breathing meditation:
Start by finding somewhere quiet to sit. Somewhere indoors, where you will not be disturbed is best at first, as this setting will help you concentrate. Don’t lay down, you may fall asleep, the idea is to be alert. Sit with your back straight, either on a cushion on the floor, or on a chair, it doesn’t matter which. If you are on a chair, place your feet, uncrossed, on the floor.
When you are comfortable, close your eyes and take your attention inwards, and see if you can notice your breath entering and leaving your body. Pay attention to where and how you are aware of your breath. Do you notice it at the point of your nostrils, your belly? What do you notice?
If you can, practice like this for ten minutes. Set a timer if needs be. If ten minutes is too much try starting with five, or even two minutes and build up over time.
You will notice that after a period, perhaps a few minutes, or a few seconds, that your mind has wandered and you are thinking about something else. As soon as you become aware of this, gently and compassionately return your attention to your breath. Work on just noticing what happens. For example, if you notice that you really want to get it right, just allow this awareness, then let it go, rather than beating yourself up and trying too hard.
Keep practising like this for the whole period of time that you choose and have strong determination to keep going, but remember to be gentle too. It may not be easy at first, but everyone can meditate.
At the end of your allotted time, open your eyes and allow yourself to ground and orientate to your surroundings by feeling your feet, or seat bones on the ground and slowly looking round the room you are in.