There are many forms of meditation being practised at the moment. You will no doubt have heard about: following the breath, contemplating a philosophical teaching, guided visualisation, mindfulness, Yoga nidra and many more.
The array can be quite daunting if you are new to this type of practice, or you may have been practising a certain technique and it no longer appears to be working for you. For the last few years I have been focused on offering Yoga Nidra meditation and whilst I adore this approach, I still explore other methods and, like most things in life, tend to blend a mix and match in my personal practice.
For me, the core of many of these techniques tends to be around: moving from a state of doing to being, from busy activity to slowing down, from reactionary thinking (and all the constructs and patterns that this tends to be based on) to being aware, and from living in the past (or future), to living in the present – or, at the least, the best we can on any particular day!
Two years of a global pandemic has been a shared experience, and within that we each will have lived a different version of it, alongside our own life experiences. I think we now find ourselves, as individuals and communities, quite exhausted from it all and perhaps seeking to change our lives in someway, live more authentically, less rushed and with more happiness.
Meditation is a wonderful tool for self enquiry and growth and I have found, for my own practice, that coming back to the breath (there are so many wonderful methods of breathwork available to us now) and a yoga nidra practice, to remain the two most potent and would love to share these with you. Often with a meditation practice we find an interesting philosophical basis and I love engaging in these conversations, though there are many resources available on line and maybe the key is about finding what makes sense to you, what feels comfortable, what feels right.
As well as being relaxing and restorative, studies have shown that meditation can also:
• Ease insomnia
• Decrease anxiety
• Alleviate stress
• Reduce PTSD, chronic pain and chemical dependency
• Heighten awareness and focus
• Transform negative habits, behaviours and ways of thinking
• Foster feelings of peace, calm, and clarity
Classes (currently looking for a venue. Online options available)
All abilities are welcome, you may be brand new to meditation, or have meditated for years and curious to experience another form of practice.
Neurobiology led Therapeutic Programme
Our nervous and energy systems are under a constant barrage of stress and triggers which drain us, lead to sub optimal health and rob us of vitality. It might be an accident, illness, past trauma, something that just feels stuck or reeling from the impact of the covid pandemic.
This programme is flexible and developed around those attending. We usually begin with some information around different topics, for example:
- neurobiology and what happens when we experience some form of shock, upset, trauma
- the influence of social constructs and archetypes and how these affect our thoughts, beliefs etc
- explore the range of tools available to us to help break these patterns and live our best lives.
I am currently looking for a venue to deliver this programme once again and in the meantime very happy to offer online sessions on a 1:1 basis. Call me if you’d like to chat about this in a bit more detail.