Do I sit on the floor?
In our Meditation we sit on chairs. If you would prefer to sit on the floor you are very welcome.
Do I have to close my eyes?
It is easier if you close your eyes. It helps our mind to switch off otherwise you are looking around wondering where she bought that lovely shirt, or ‘that outfit really doesn’t go!’ You can open your eyes at any time and close them when you are ready.
Why should I meditate?
There are so many reasons to meditate. These are just some of the things meditation helps:
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
- Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
- Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
- Improves the immune system
- Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy
- Anxiety decreases
- Emotional stability improves
- Creativity increases
- Happiness increases
- Intuition develops
- Gain clarity and peace of mind
- Problems become smaller
- Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
- A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration
- An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress
- The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection
- Meditation makes you aware – that your inner attitude determines your happiness.
After reading all that, the question would be ~ ‘Why wouldn’t I meditate’?!
What is the difference between meditation & guided visualisation?
These two words are used simultaneously and can be confused.
Meditation is where you focus your attention or your awareness on something that is going on internally – your breath, how your body feels. The idea is to distract your mind from focusing on those thoughts that are running around in your head, your ‘monkey mind’. The thoughts that are less than helpful, telling you you’re stupid, why did you do that you knew it wouldn’t work out. The thoughts that drive us crazy and make us feel we are a failure.
Guided visualisation is listening to someone walking you through an exercise in your mind. You focus on the voice and the imagery and also the music. This is the easiest way to begin meditating. As you get used to doing this it becomes easier to go for longer and longer periods of silence.