Towards Meditation


Online: Meditation: Peace Is This Moment a practice group and community from Wednesday, 9 September 2020.

Meditation is the original practice of yoga. The purpose of the physical and breathing practices is to prepare us for meditation.

As a practice of kindness, respect and awakening, meditation complements everyday life as well as offering a process of deeper inquiry if desired.

Its practical benefits include an increase in contentment, resilience, creativity,  harmonious relationships and felt connection with life in general. It's also a simple way to make time and space for our general ease and wellbeing; to take care of ourselves and remain steady during the natural ups and downs of life, and during challenging times in particular.

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. Read more here.

On another level, meditation can provide a means of knowing the self and unveiling a natural 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. We progress step by step, as we develop the skills to navigate this and gradually return to our true nature.

A meditator for the last 21 years, Carol shares meditation techniques from the yoga tradition whilst also having personal experience of modern mindfulness methods, including Dyad or (prompted) co-meditation practice and mindful self-compassion practices. She has a gentle approach, and the most appropriate method is chosen to suit the individual or group.

For more information about learning to meditate or rekindling your practice - either as part of a supportive group or individually - please enquire here. Available in north Hertfordshire - Letchworth, Stevenage and surrounding areas. Other locations by arrangement. Currently online.

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 and yoga nidra.

Photo: Bellanova (heart mudra meditation)