What is Meditation?
Meditation is a focused way of practising mindfulness.
By closing our eyes, and keeping the body still, we are able to give increased attention to what is happening this moment.
When we meditate, we become aware of how our mind works.
The way our mind works in meditation is the same as outside of meditation. But meditation is like holding a magnifying glass up to our minds, so we can see exactly what is going on.
The Benefits of Meditation
Meditation techniques encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things.
When we engage with a particular meditation practice, we learn the patterns and habits of our mind, and the practice offers a means to develop new and more positive ways of being.
In time, with consistent practice, the focused states of mind experienced in meditation, can deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind. These experiences can have a transformative effect and can lead to a new understanding of, and engagement with, our life.
We teach two core meditation practices – the Mindfulness of Breathing, and the Loving Kindness Meditation Practice. We also supplement these with three other techniques: The Body Scan, Mantra Meditation, and the Just Sitting Practice.
Tailored to you
All of these practices can be useful in their own right. In recovery, the objectives vary, but we find we are often looking to:
✓ calm the mind,
✓ to create a more balanced emotional state, and
✓ to work with feelings of self worth, and
✓ trust of others.
Though we have two core practices, experience has shown that in mental health recovery, the combination of practices is usually better tailored to the individual.
For example, some people may even begin with no meditation at all, but maybe some simple mindfulness movement practices would be more suitable.