Meditation

It's not just about the OM!

Meditation has been used for thousand of years, it can be found in many countries, cultures and also in many religions, and in many forms: such as walking, standing, sitting, dancing, sound etc.,

With such a great variety of styles, each brings different strengths and benefits, helping us to development our awareness of the present moment.

Meditation is something everyone can do to improve their mental and emotional health. This of course, in turn, has a positive affect on our physical wellbeing.

Trying out a style of mediation suited to your goals is a great way to improve your quality of life, even if you only have a few minutes a day.

Meditation can help carry you more calmly throughout your day. 

The most important part of meditation is YOU.

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The different types of meditation:

Mindfulness Meditation 

Mindfulness is the most popular kind of meditation here in the West. This practice combines concentration and awareness, and the aim is to bring attention to thought. Mindfulness is none judgement and a practice of observation and release.

Focused-attention Meditation

This practice concentrates attention on a single object, thought, sound, or visualisation. It emphasizes ridding your mind of distractions. Meditation may focus on breathing, a mantra, movement or calming sound.

Open-monitoring Meditation

This practice encourages broadened awareness of all aspects of your environment, train of thought, and sense of self. It may include becoming aware of suppressed thoughts, feelings, or impulses.

Visualisation Meditation 

This practice focuses on positive images and scenes. The aim to bring calmness and peace. Using all the scenses to include as much detail as is possible. This meditation promotes positive mood and helps to reduce stress, thus bringing a feeling of peace. 

Movement Meditation

This practice focuses on the present moment and better connectivity. It can be in the form of dance, walking, drawing or arts such as Tai Chi or Qi Gong.

Mantra Meditation

Popular in Buddhist and Hindu traditions. This practice focuses on repetitive sounds intending to clear the mind. It can be a phrase, a sound or even a word - such as OM: the most commonly known. The sound of Om is considered sacred in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. It is used to draw energy and is the first word of the universe. Thus using OM gives a greater connectivity  to the universe.

Sound Meditation 

This practice focuses on using sound to bring about a deep relaxation, slowing brain waves and putting the body in a meditative dreamlike state. It helps clear the mind and bring it back into the present moment. Different frequencies bring different benefits. The most well known sound meditation in the UK is a Gong-Bath.

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Here are some of those benefits:

○ Managing stress (best form - movement meditation).

○ Improving awareness.

○ Learning to live in the present.

○ Increasing focus and attention.

○ Promoting calmness.

○ Lowering (resting) heart rate.

○ Lowering (resting) blood pressure

   /slows down cardiovascular system.

○ Improving sleep quality.

○ Restores balance to the digestive system.

○ Relaxes the nervous system.

○ Relieves tension in the body/muscles.

○ Helps relieve headaches & migraines.

○ Relieves insomnia and bad sleep.

○ Releases fear and reduces anxiety.

○ Generates confidence, self-esteem, well-being & optimism.

From our November Sound Harmony Meditation 

Our Summer Sunshine Meditation Day at Park Villa

A class at The Loft, Little Green Refills


Elements of our classes include:

Gentle Qi Gong movement/meditation

Gentle Qi Gong breathing exercises

Guided meditation

Visualisation meditation

Yin/Yang meditation

Silent meditation 

Mantra meditation

Sound meditation

Guided relaxation 

 

More elements will be added in future classes. 


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