Would you like to:
Reduce levels of stress and anxiety?
Feel happier and more confident?
Be able to ease tension and relax fully?
Lower your blood pressure and boost your immune system?
Improve your memory and concentration levels?
Improve and reinforce positive neuron connections in your brain?
Regular Meditation & Mindfulness practices have been scientifically proven to do all of that!
There's a misconception that in order to meditate your mind must be blank - completely free of any thoughts - this simply isn't true (and in fact that's impossible!). Meditation (and mindfulness) is just about being here, in the present moment right now. Not worrying about the past, the future or anything else, just appreciating what is around you right now - what you can see, smell and touch. Simple really hey!
What to expect at a session:
~ The client will be seated upright in comfortable chair and is fully clothed.
~ The meditation teacher will guide you through a series of breathing exercises designed to relax the mind, followed by a guided meditation and/ or Mindfulness skills, techniques and exercises.
Want to give meditation a try? Try this simple exercise:
~ Set aside just a few minutes at first. Choose a time of day when you’re able to meditate without interruption. You might coordinate your meditation so you do it right before or after a physical yoga practice.
~ Sit with good posture (straight spine) either on the floor, cross-legged, or in a chair if it’s more comfortable. (If seated cross-legged, switch which leg is crossed on top each time you meditate.)
~ Gaze at a simple object such as a candle’s flame or a black dot written on a piece of paper.
~ focus on this object and keep your breathing nice and even. If your mind or your gaze wanders don't get frustrated, just bring it back to the object and keep breathing.
~ An alternative option is to close your eyes and focus on the rhythm of your breathing. Breathing deeply in and out through your nose - breathe in for the count of 4 then out of the count of 4, increasing this to 5,6 etc as you get more comfortable with slowing the breath down.
~ Try one of the above options for just a couple of minutes to start with - try setting an alarm to remind you when your time is up so your not worrying about how long you've been sat there.
~ As you become more familiar with how to meditate, increase your practice by a minute or two at a time.
Finally, to avoid frustration, remember this common meditation myth: Meditating is not about achieving a blank mind - It’s more about resisting the temptation to react to the thoughts that do pop into your head.