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
- 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.
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.
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.