The Many Benefits of Meditation

You have probably heard that meditation can make you more relaxed and bring about a sense of peace and well-being within you, that it helps you sleep better, or that it makes you more productive. Research has shown that meditation can help reduce stress and improve your concentration, focus and memory, and that the practise of meditation can help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and reactions and how these thoughts, feelings and reactions can affect your physical body.

How to Create Your Perfect Meditation Space

Meditation spaces are not always rooms in the true sense of the word; often they are just quiet corners in your house or flat where you can retreat to reflect, relax, and meditate. When we are able to create a space for ourselves we become more balanced, more at peace, and better able to stay in the present moment.

Calming Stress Through Meditation

Meditation is a practise of awareness, and the ability to be aware of the physical changes that occur when a person is stressed and begin to lower a person's stress levels. Meditation helps to relax the body, calm the mind, and create balance within the body. By calming the mind, the things that are seen as threats (that is, the things that cause stress) become easier to manage.

Finding Time for Meditation: How to Meditate Amid a Busy Life

Sometimes it is incredibly difficult to switch off from the stressors of your life and take the time to meditate. But when when we take the time to meditate, when we become more self-aware and learn to observe ourselves and our reactions, we will find that we often find time for the things we need to do.

Time and Attachment in Spiritual Practice

The most common concern I hear from students is usually expressed in one of two ways. The first is, "I can’t meditate. I just can't." The second is a variation on the first theme, which is the idea that meditation is something you have to do every day for 30 minutes in a quiet room. Neither of these concerns are necessarily what they seem.

The Mindfulness Principles

Mindfulness doesn’t merely teach us to centre our minds in the present, but to powerful reorient ourselves to the full timeline of our lived experiences.   In doing so, we learn to recognise our experiences of the world around us in powerfully transformative ways.  While some may start with the concern that mindfulness is a selfish turn inward that … Continue reading The Mindfulness Principles

Building the Meditation Habit

While the techniques of meditation are easy to learn, the discipline that the practice of meditation requires can be difficult.  If you are new to meditation or a frequent practitioner who hasn’t been able to turn meditation into a regular practice, building the meditation habit is a crucial step to deepen and expand your insight and … Continue reading Building the Meditation Habit

15 Minutes for Meditation Before Bed

A lot of people who recognise the many benefits of mediation wish that they had enough time in their day to sit down to meditate.  For many, the demands of work and family mean that there really isn’t enough time in the day for an hour of guided meditation or even the two 20-minute blocks that I … Continue reading 15 Minutes for Meditation Before Bed

Five Minutes to Ground Your Practice: Traditional Breathwork for Mindfulness

In many ways, our diaphragm muscle is the key to finding stillness and connection in every moment.  This powerful thin domed sheet of skeletal muscle separates our thoracic and abdominal cavity, contracting to create a vacuum that allows air to be pushed into our lungs about 23,000 times per day. As we learn to control … Continue reading Five Minutes to Ground Your Practice: Traditional Breathwork for Mindfulness