What is Meditation?
Meditation is the art of silencing the mind. When the mind is silent, concentration is increased and we experience inner peace. Inner peace is what attracts so many people to meditation and is a quality everyone can benefit from.
There are a couple that are usually focused on heavily in scientific research, though. These are focused-attention, or mindful meditation, which is where you focus on one specific thing—it could be your breathing, a sensation in your body or a particular object outside of you. The point of this type of meditation is to focus strongly on one point and continually bring your attention back to that focal point when it wanders.
The other type of meditation that’s often used in research is open-monitoring meditation. This is where you pay attention to all of the things happening around you—you simply notice everything without reacting.
Benefits of meditation?
Improved concentration – A clear mind makes you more productive, especially in creative disciplines like writing.
Less bothered by little things – Do you sometimes allow yourself to get upset by little things? It is the nature of the mind to magnify small things into serious problems.
Meditation helps us detach. We learn to live in the here and now, rather than worrying about the past or future.
We do not worry about meaningless things, but see the bigger picture.Better Health – There have been numerous studies pointing to the health benefits of meditation.
The reason is that meditation reduces stress levels and alleviates anxiety. If we can reduce stress, many health benefits follow.
Knowledge of Self – Meditation enables us to have a deeper understanding of our inner self. Through meditation we can gain a better understanding of our life’s purpose.Helps towards releasing anxiety and stress. Meditation allows one to calm and quite the mind in a focused but easy way
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Description of a Typical Session
We will have a discussion and give you the an opportunity to discuss any particular problems or issues you are experiencing and ask you what they are hoping to achieve from their session.
We will go through a few techniques depending on your level of practice and go though a range of methods that will fit best with your lifestyle to get the most of your session and to help you build a sustainable practice.
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History of Meditation
Although there’s a paucity of recorded history on meditation, its roots travel back to ancient times. Researchers speculate that primitive hunter-gatherer societies may have discovered meditation and its altered states of consciousness while staring at the flames of their fires. Over thousands of years, meditation evolved into a structured practice. Indian scriptures called “tantras” mentioned meditation techniques 5000 years ago.
Buddha, “one of history’s major proponents of meditation,” and a major meditation icon, first made his mark around 500 B.C. His teachings were spread far and wide across the Asian continent. Separate countries or cultures adopted different forms of the word “meditation,” and they each found their own unique way of practicing it. Buddhist- and Hindu-based Easter-style meditation practices are still the most popular today.
Meditation was spread to Western society thousands of years after it was adopted in the East. It finally started to gain popularity in the West in the mid-20th century. In the 1960s and 1970s, many professors and researchers began testing the effects of meditation and learned about its multitude of benefits.