Towards Meditation

Sitting for the delight of sitting.’ Clive Sheridan

Meditation is the original practice of yoga. Today, yoga’s ethics, together with its physical and breathing practices, prepare us for meditation.

The practical benefits of meditation include an ability to remain centred in varying circumstances, an increase in contentment, resilience, creativity, harmonious relationships and our felt connection with life in general. These benefits have a ripple effect by supporting a positive presence in the world.

Brain structures can change after only eight weeks of regular meditation practice. Harvard neuroscientists noted positive change in areas of the brain associated with learning, memory, emotional regulation, sense of self and perspective. See more here and here.

On another level, meditation provides a means of integration and simply being; of knowing the self and unveiling a natural, direct connection with the spiritual, mystical or universal. This is the delight of sitting. Each individual discovers this spaciousness in their own time and way.

Given the busyness and stimulation of life today, the stillness and internal nature of meditation – in which we meet ourselves fully – can be challenging and benefits from experienced guidance and support. Progress is gradual, as we develop the skills to navigate this process, befriend ourselves and gradually return to our true nature.

In addition to personal or group practice, a form of meditation can be experienced in a dyad or co-meditation, facilitated by a teacher.

Dyads (co-meditation)

Many describe one-to-one dyads or co-meditation as a way to reconnect with the power of presence and their deepest wisdom or intuition. Unlike in solitary meditation, this experience is supportively facilitated as space is held to freely meet all experience just as it is. No obligation or judgement. No ‘fixing’ or self-improvement.

Some also think of dyads as a form of mentoring, in which each individual naturally discovers their own insights. Those with and without prior experience are welcome. To learn more, please email Carol.

“Thank you for the dyad. It was fantastic and revelatory … reassuring, too.” – AL

”I found the Dyad really transformative. Instead of plunging straight into a traditional meditation practice, I discovered the richness of staying with the sensations in the body. Having Carol objectively read back what I’d noticed was also incredibly powerful in helping me maintain focus and adding validity to the experience. The most powerful part of the practice for me was holding opposing sensations simultaneously within the body – I found this extremely liberating” – Vicki

Carol began sitting for meditation 23 years ago. She shares simple meditation techniques from the yoga tradition whilst having personal experience of modern mindfulness methods, co-meditation, mindful self-compassion practices and silent retreats. She has a gentle approach, and the most appropriate method is discovered together with the individual or group.

To learn more or book a session, please email.

An audio course is offered below, suitable for newcomers and ‘refreshers’.

Meditation as a standalone practice is not recommended in certain circumstances. If in doubt, please enquire here.

Yoga practices that aid our transition towards meditation are restorative yoga, pranayama and yoga nidra.

Photo: Cassy Paris (heart mudra meditation)

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