Historically, meditation is the original practice of yoga. The purpose of yoga’s ethics, together with its physical and breathing practices, is to prepare us to sit 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 can provide a means of knowing the self and unveiling a natural, direct connection with the spiritual, mystical or universal. Each individual discovers this spaciousness in their own way.
Given the busyness and stimulation of life today, the stillness and internal nature of meditation can initially be challenging. Progress is step by step, as we develop the skills to navigate this, befriend ourselves and gradually return to our true nature.
Carol began sitting for meditation 22 years ago. She shares meditation techniques from the yoga tradition whilst also having personal experience of modern mindfulness methods, including Dyad or co-meditation and mindful self-compassion practices. She has a gentle approach, and the most appropriate method is chosen to suit the individual or group.
Meditation as a standalone practice is not recommended in certain circumstances. If in doubt, please enquire here.
Photo: Cassy Paris (heart mudra meditation)
Into the Light – Foundations of Meditation
This accessible audio course offers an opportunity to gently explore our return to unchanging light, the steadiness of our inner life, trust and wellbeing as a constant backdrop to daily life.
In times of change and uncertainty a deep connection to ourselves – and to something greater of which we are all a part – is a lifeline, a solace and a pillar of steadiness.
How do we best respond and adapt to life’s myriad circumstances, and stay close to our inner light?
Wanting to enjoy a meaningful and contented life, and to be a positive force in the world has long been at the centre of being human. Paradoxically, perhaps, embodying our true, radiant nature invites a process of un-doing and un-learning.