Some of the earliest written records of Meditation come from the Hindu traditions of Vedantism around 1500 BCE. The Vedas discuss the meditative traditions of ancient India. Around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE, other forms of meditation developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India.
The roots of Mindfulness practices reach back to the early teachings of the Buddha. It is a set of skills that once learned we have for life.
Meditation can be practised anywhere and does not need any equipment. It can be achieved whilst walking outside, waiting in a queue somewhere or even in the supermarket, literally anywhere.
Contrary to popular belief it does not involve emptying your mind but of taking control of your thoughts, understanding what your limiting beliefs are and how they are preventing you from moving toward your goals, and learning how to become non judgemental and more accepting of your thoughts and therefore of yourself.
Therapeutic benefits of meditation
Meditation takes many forms and includes visualisations and using breathing techniques to calm and focus the mind.
Meditation and Mindfulness are both useful therapeutic techniques, they can be used as an aid to desensitise a person who has a phobia, to understand anger, depression, anxiety, to help the healing process concerning relationships and to help a person understand their thought processes.
Neuroscientists have found change in the area of the brain associated with decision making, empathy and emotions of people who regularly meditate.
Regular Meditation reduces stress and improves wellbeing and reduces blood pressure and allows us in this busy hectic world to pull back and quieten our minds.
Next Meditation/Mindfulness Groups – I am holding one Saturday group per month in Gravesend and two evening groups per month, one in Gravesend and one in Longfield.
Saturday Meditation group will be held in Gravesend 2.30pm until 4pm. One hour of Meditations and half hour for tea and biscuits/cake. Suitable for all levels.
Gravesend evening group will be held one Thursday per month 6.30pm until 8.00pm
Longfield evening group will be held one Friday per month 6.30pm until 8.00pm
Every month will have a theme. The theme for March will be the Earth and grounding to the Earth. £5 per month includes meditations, tea and cake/biscuits and a decorated stone that we will use for meditation and you can take home.
Please get in touch for more information
6 week Meditation/Mindfulness Group
The group is fun and interactive.
I teach that there is not just one way to meditate and each week we will go through several short meditations and Mindfulness exercises using different techniques allowing each person to learn the types of meditations and visualisations that suit them.
We discuss mindfulness and how to incorporate this into day to day life.