What is Meditation?
While there are various ways of practising meditation,
all methods essentially focus on quietening the mind. When
we switch off our busy rambling thoughts, we can access a
deeper level of our being. This deeper level is all
knowing, all positive and all loving. When we practise
mindfulness, the mind is calm and focused in the present -
it is not reacting to memories or worrying about what may
happen in the future. People who meditate regularly do so
because they are aware of and experience many wonderful
benefits, such as inner calm, wisdom, strength and
compassion. Nowadays, meditation is no longer confined to
religious sects and philosophers. In today’s world,
meditation is the key to learning how to combat stress,
understanding more about yourself, improving your health
and increasing your sense of well being. Meditation is for
everyone, whatever their lifestyle.
My "Guided Meditations" CDs are available to
purchase. See Homepage for further details.
What are the benefits of meditation?
Scientific studies have shown that meditation has
numerous benefits. For example, it can improve the immune
system, rejuvenate the body, provide clarity of mind,
increase psychic sensitivity and improve concentration
ability, sleep patterns and lower blood pressure. Doctors
are now beginning to recognise the therapeutic benefits of
meditation and some are already recommending meditation
exercises and relaxation techniques to their patients to
help treat stress-related ailments. My personal experience
and the experiences of many people I know who meditate
often range, from better concentration and productivity to
increased self-confidence, self-love and inner wisdom.
Meditation may also be used very effectively in
conjunction with affirmations and creative visualisation.
How does Meditation work?
From a scientific perspective, the "alpha" state brain
wave is associated with both deep relaxation and mental
alertness. Effective meditation creates changes in the
brain wave pattern until it is predominantly within the
alpha state. Within the alpha state, the brain triggers
chemicals known as endorphins. This particular chemical
triggers feelings of well being. These good feelings can
continue for some time after the meditation is ended.
These type of endorphins boost the immune system and
promote feelings of great happiness.
On a spiritual level, meditation is about connecting with
your higher self. This higher or inner self is your source
of well-being. Well-being is your natural state and is
characterised by (among other positive aspects) complete
confidence, love and wisdom. Therefore, the more you
connect with your higher self, the more confident, wise
and loving you will feel in your daily life. You gain
clarity and inner wisdom and find that you instinctively
know what to do in certain situations. From the point of
view of life coaching, meditation is a therefore a very
How often should I meditate?
The best time to meditate is in the morning time before
you start your day. However, you can easily practice at
any stage during the day. It is a good idea to practice at
the same time each day, so that you can remember to do it
and thereby incorporating it into your daily routine.
Also, if you do it at the same time each day, your mind
gets used to this procedure and "knows" it is meditation
time and it becomes easier to do.
As a lot of the time, we can live in the inside world of
our thoughts, it is also useful to get into the habit of
practising mindfulness as much as possible.
Mindfulness is about living in the present moment - being
exactly in the moment you are now in instead of, for
example, remembering the past or planning the
future. It helps you stay focused on your day to day
activities, to remain calm and to really appreciate the
fullness of life.
Meditation Classes & Workshops
The classes are held in a warm, friendly and practical
environment. You will be shown how to meditate
effectively and how to incorporate the practise into your
daily life. Amongst other relevant topics, we will discuss
and practise mindfulness. Meditating as a group also
provides the opportunity for everyone to experiment with
different forms of meditation and provides support.
"....Since starting I have learned to live in a much
less stressful way. I feel more positive about myself and
do not seem to worry about what tomorrow will bring, or
whether I am doing the right things in life. It seems to
me that there is a very powerful energy created in
meditating with Anita's group. I thought it would be too
big a commitment to go along every week, but instead I
found myself looking forward to each Tuesday night and the
calm clarity that it brought me on whatever issues were
troubling me as the months passed. I feel that I enjoy
being alive, I am chilled out and that I have really
learned about just 'being' in the moment and taking in the
present. Thanks Anita." - Brid, Glasnevin.
Upcoming Classes in Meditation
De-stress The Body, Unwind The Mind - Learn how to
These classes will introduce you to gentle meditation
techniques to help you release stress, promote
self-healing and improve your overall sense of well-being.
Just some of the powerful benefits of meditation include:
- Stress reduction
- Inner peace
- Improved health
- Increased intuition
- Better concentration
- Greater productivity
- More happiness
to be arranged
|Libra Natural Health, 44 Leinster
Street North Phibsboro, Dublin 7.
|Tues. 21st October 2014
8 pm - 9pm
|Clontarf Holistic Centre, 16
Kincora Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
|Course Fee: €60