tml4Integrating ancient wisdom and modern health research

A balanced, holistic approach to meditation





Research into the observable health benefits and positive psychological effects has been the catalyst for increasing interest in meditation

Some of the well documented effects of regular practice include :-

  • Improved focus, concentration and clear thinking
  • Increased tolerance and patience
  • Reduced stress and increased mental resilience
  • Improved mood, increased overall happiness and contentment
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Reduced emotional reactivity  
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Balanced endocrine system
There are currently hundreds of peer reviewed papers describing the health benefits of regular practice.
However, some of the most remarkable long term effects of establishing a regular practice are more subtle and profound, such as:-
  • Open heartedness and loving kindness
  • Generosity of spirit
  • A sense of inner peace 
  • Patience and understanding
  • Compassion and empathy
  • A feeling of connectedness
  • Increased friendliness and self confidence
  • The arising of spiritual insight



The scientific approach…..

…. is focussed on observable, measurable effects which has led to a goal oriented approach. While these proven outcomes are of undeniable benefit, approaching meditation with a checklist of expectations limits the scope of the practice and leads to frustration for the practitioner.

Meditation is key in the emerging science of mind/body medical research. However, the use of meditation as a complimentary therapy needs to be approached skilfully – practice is experiential, not conceptual – thinking, evaluating and approaching it with defined expectations is a hindrance to making progress.


The Eastern wisdom traditions …..

…. recognise the breath as the vehicle for life-giving ‘chi’ ( or qi, prana). Our breath is our immediate link to life and the planet, our vital link to an incredibly complex eco-system of which we humans are a part, each part dependent upon the unified whole for existence. 

In MBSM we use the breath as the focus for our attention.
The original teaching of Siddhartha Gautama was simply how to overcome stress and suffering by developing a calm and peaceful mind using a structured meditation system. Mindfulness was developed to cultivate focussed attention and to create space for insight to naturally arise.
The Tibetan masters of the mind refined the use imagery and visualisation thousands of years ago. Visualisation and imagery are powerful tools for increasing performance and overcoming mental obstacles as many elite athletes will confirm.

Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation is a secular approach that respectfully has its roots in traditional teachings and also integrates the findings of modern scientific research. 


The 8 weekly lessons are interesting, relevant and appropriate for the present day, and suitable for anyone, whether a complete beginner, or for someone looking to deepen their existing practice.



I teach an open minded, open hearted approach, allowing the student to enjoy their own unique experience, developing the ability to allow meditation to flow with relaxed ease.