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 one evening group per month in Longfield.
Saturday afternoon 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.
Friday evening meditation group is held monthly at Longfield 6.30pm pm to 7.30pm
Every month will have a theme. £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
Mindfulness based CBT one to one 8 week course
This weekly course teaches you Mindfulness techniques that you can continue to use in daily life including how negative automatic thoughts can often determine how we react to situations and how our mood determines the actions that we take. As it is not group course I tailor it specifically to your needs.
As the course is linked to CBT it is £40 per week, or if you pay in full you pay £280 meaning that the last session is free of charge
Pictured are black and copper grounding stones for March group, red stones for April group and orange stones for our May group.
Meditation stones are also for sale. If you are interested in buying either this size or smaller sizes as pictured below just get in touch.