What is Meditation?

Meditation is a technique that relaxes the body and calms the busy mind. When we learn to meditate we become much more aware of what is going on in our mind and body. We become aware how full our minds are with ‘chatter’. This is completely normal. On average we have 50’000 thoughts racing through our minds per day, that’s a different thought every 1.75 seconds. No wonder we feel so stressed. By learning to sit quietly and softly focus the attention on the breath, the mind becomes absorbed in the rhythm of the inhalation and exhalation. As a result the breathing becomes slower and deeper, and the mind becomes more tranquil and calm. If you can master your breathing, you will be able to cope with practically any of life’s pressures as and when they arrive. Meditation is a skill that can be learnt, but like most things that are good for you, it takes commitment and practice – you have to keep doing it to feel the benefits. Meditation is learning to let go of the ‘chatter’ and just rest in the present moment. Learning to meditate for 10 mins twice a day can have profound and beneficial effects that enhance your health and well-being.

The only equipment you need is an upright chair, or a meditation cushion or a seiza stool if you prefer.