Learning Modern Meditation is the best thing you can do for yourself
The benefits of meditation are well-documented, with a growing body of evidence showing how it can influence both physical and psychological symptoms. In fact, regular meditation practice can foster positive emotions, a broader outlook and a deeper sense of purpose, which are all linked to better health, longer life and greater wellbeing.
Owing to its effectiveness, meditation practice is now becoming mainstream, with contemporary medicine and healthcare promoting this (comparatively) low-cost, high-impact intervention.
The flip side to a positive mental state is one we so frequently experience in ourselves or observe in others: a mental state dominated by anger, anxiety, and fear. These negative emotional states cause the body to release the stress hormone, cortisol, which can cause a wide range of health issues, both short and long term.
No animal can survive in a perpetual state of heightened anxiety and stress. But the conditions of our modern lives features many triggers that do just that. As a result, it can be a significant challenge for people to shift out of a negative emotional state, let alone maintain a positive, healthy one! As a result, we feel ourselves either in a state of failing or surviving:
Fortunately, Modern Meditation is designed with our modern lives in mind (the clue is in the title!), so we can learn to make use of our environment to train our minds and learn to practice meditation.
With Modern Meditation, we are not looking to block the world out, or escape through visualisation. Instead, through a series of complementary exercises that build upon each other, we can learn how to use different objects to focus our mind’s attention. And, just like any other useful life skill, we want our students to learn how to do this for themselves, so they can develop their own meditation practice.
Once our minds’ attention is harnessed in this way, we can begin to link our being and our doing together, which generates a deeper sense of presence, wholeness, balance and harmony gently flowing through each moment. The peace and joy experienced with meditation, although often fleeting, have a significant after-glow. And the self-understanding you can with regular meditation, created by connecting in with yourself, can start to shed light on the age-old question of who you really are. We all know that life does not come with an instruction manual, but meditation really does help to put together pieces of the puzzle, giving you more clarity, direction and purpose.
This is the art and science of making happy work, with a halo effect on our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing: