Meditation has gained acceptance in integrative medicine. This is an approach to combining traditional medical treatments with complementary medicine. In essence, the medical community are accepting of the treatment of the whole person. The practice of meditation enables your body to regain its natural state of balance, reactivation of your immune system and body healing system.
Meditation is usually associated with a spiritual or religious affiliation. Meditation techniques do include backgrounds in Eastern religious or spiritual traditions and it is simply stilling the mind and just being, detaching from thought just for awhile. It is still a young concept in the medical community for health benefits, including treatments of illnesses. Meditation is a focus on breathing, perhaps the repetition of a word, phrase or sound. This is done in order to temporarily still conscious thoughts.
The goal of meditation is to bring about a state of physical relaxation, mental calmness/alertness and a complete balance psychologically.
The use of meditation can bring about changes in the way someone relates to their flow of emotions and thoughts. This can have beneficial effects beyond the spiritual. Meditation can bring about positive physical and mental changes from a medical prospective.
Meditation reduces stress by teaching how to switch off and take time from the worries that may plague us. Meditation is an opportunity to gift to ourselves time out from the demands of our life. Giving time to quieten our precious mind and focus on the present moment, quietening your mind and allowing the space for better decision making.
Numerous studies have shown the health benefits of meditation. Many of these benefits are related to a decrease in stress that occurs through meditation. For example, with lower levels of stress and anxiety, the probability of heart disease diminishes significantly.
This is not to say meditation guarantees you good health. But, there is a growing awareness of the link between our state of mind and physical health. Quite often physical ailments are symptoms of inner turmoil. Meditation can give us peace of mind, and this can be a helpful step in avoiding many stress related ailments. Meditation has also been shown to relieve pain associated with certain illnesses.
Control Your Own Thoughts
Man has conquered space, Mount Everest and numerous other challenges; but, are we able to conquer our own mind? How often do you find yourself victim to your own negative thoughts? Some people are even of the opinion that it is impossible to control your thoughts. However, the art of meditation teaches that, not only is it possible to control our thoughts, but, we can learn to stop them completely.
Through meditation we can bring our unruly mind under control, the resulting peace of mind and enables us to achieve a focused and directed state of mind. When we live in the mind it is easy to get distracted by small irritations. For example, maybe we find it intolerable to be kept waiting in a line, or we get upset by a small misdemeanour of another person. The solution is not to avoid these minor problems, because they will keep appearing no matter how hard we may try.
The only effective solution is to develop detachment and keep life in perspective. A powerful benefit of meditation is that we are able to detach ourselves from these insignificant, yet irritating thoughts. This detachment is not indifference, it is just that we are able to maintain equanimity in the midst of life's inevitable turbulence.
Happiness and Peace of Mind
Is there anybody who does not, in some way, seek after happiness? Meditation takes us to the source of happiness, which is to be found in our own peace of mind.
If we have no peace of mind and are constantly attacked by negative thoughts, happiness remains elusive, no matter how successful we are on an outer plane
It is perhaps hard to imagine that happiness can occur from the simple act of being. However, if we can meditate with a still mind, we will discover an unexpected source of happiness within our own self. Meditation shows us that happiness is not dependent on outer circumstances, but on our inner attitude.
Be it work, sport or music, concentration is essential to fulfil our potential. In one pointed concentration there is great power; our energy and focus do not get dissipated. When we have concentration we can do more in less time. Through meditation we gradually improve our powers of concentration; this focus can be used for both meditation, and also other activities we engage in.
Results may vary from person to person
Spontaneity and Creativity
When we live in the thinking mind, we are usually preoccupied with the past or future. When we spend our energy on the past and present we cover up our natural spontaneity and creativity. We may feel we have neither creativity nor spontaneity, but, if we can learn to silence the mind, we realise that we have far more potential than we currently believe.
To access this source of inspiration we just need to quieten the mind. Some of the great thinkers and scientists were able to make important discoveries when they could absorb themselves in their work, to the exclusion of all else. Meditation helps us to live in the current moment, and thus can help us to unlock our creative potential.
Discovering the Purpose of Life.
If you are satisfied with your current life. If you feel perfect contentment and happiness then, chances are you've discovered meditation.
However, if you feel empty inside; if you aspire to know more about the nature of existence and life, then meditation can be of great help. Usually we look for meaning in life through external events and other people. Meditation, however, shows us that we can gain a greater understanding of life through knowing who we are. In meditation we gain a new perspective of life, uncoloured by our own egoistic perspective.
For those who wish it, meditation can become a lifelong process of answering the eternal question: "Who am I?"
Introductory Meditation & Session
Based on your individual requirements we give you a practical overview about different meditation techniques and answer your questions.
These methods, techniques, instruments and tools enable you by soothing the mind to come into a state where meditation can happen.
Group Meditation Sessions
We can combine established principles of proven therapies and the healing aspects of meditation into a group either within a work setting, school, training or therapy environment.
Private Meditation Sessions
We can tailor make a meditation programme
- based on your individual requirements.