Both inspiration and nourishment draw many people to explore and understand the healing power of mindfulness and meditation. There are many paths to this practice, each with its own orientation and teaching style, to appeal to people with different temperaments, motivations and interests. Meditation creates healing transformation at different levels for each individual.

Meditation is a discipline through which those seeking tranquility and harmony may discover a heightened awareness, acceptance and ability to let go. The goal of meditation is to face yourself, to look within. Meditation is not about achieving anything, including enlightenment. One meditates to discipline the mind, to cultivate awareness, and to see things as they are.

Through meditation, we open the mind is to see “What is true, now?” Our most creative thinking, resonating at a higher vibration, flows from an open mind. Being open requires that you not rely solely on reaching a goal or adhering to a plan. An open mind provides a flowing space-in-time for the delicious possibility of mindfulness, relaxation, and all manner of unexpected opportunities.

Meditation is a safe and simple way to help you move towards balance and harmony and is often used as a path towards knowledge of the Self. It is a practice that is perhaps as old as mankind and can be used as an aid in dealing with stress and illnesses.

How does Meditation work?

A state of meditation happens when your attention is focused upon the experience of the moment and is often reached by the use of techniques to calm the mind and body. There are several forms of meditation, most of which can be grouped into two basic approaches: Focused or concentrative meditation and Mindfulness

Whilst the first brings a narrowing of the attention upon a particular subject such as an image, a mantra or other symbols, the second tends to be more like observing the flow of experiences and sensations without interfering with them. Some practices are a mix of those two approaches.

Focused meditation can be likened to looking through a microscope, it helps us go deeper into the experience, whilst a state of mindfulness can be more like gazing through a window, noticing everything that passes and our own experiences in relation to what is being observed.

With the practice of meditation, you can learn how to relax and how to direct your attention for the purpose of exploring your Self and learning about your own emotional and mental responses. It is a useful tool in the quest for understanding, self knowledge and spiritual development.

When in meditation, the mind is in a state of restful alertness whilst the body becomes more relaxed, thus allowing for a natural healing and harmonising to take place. The benefits of meditation can be found on three levels: physical, psychological and spiritual.

Physical benefits: It has been shown that the regular use of meditation can strengthen the immune system, making it better able to resist infections. Physiological problems that are stress related, or influenced by stress, can also be helped as an individual learns to cope better and to respond more positively to the stressful situation

Psychological benefits: Meditation can help most people feel more relaxed and better able to cope with life's events. It can promote a more aware attitude, leading to the recognition of the choices one has in life. This can help you to realise that life is not something that just happens to us, but something that is to be embraced, enjoyed and experienced to the full.

Spiritual benefits: Meditation is not aligned to a religious belief, it is a personal journey towards understanding and knowledge of the Self. It is an exploration that has the potential to reveal the secrets of life, Meditation will help you find your own answers... and many more questions.