Meditation for Modern Life

January 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

By Sarah Rudston, clinic assistant

For most people, the word “meditation” conjures up the picture of a bearded man sitting in an uncomfortable-looking lotus position on a high mountain-top. ‘Achieving inner peace’ sounds like a big job requiring lots of time and effort,  however daily meditation can be used simply to help us with our everyday lives. If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace, opening up new perspectives to help you deal with your worries effectively.

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Originally developed to help deepen understanding of the sacred and spiritual forces of life, it is now more commonly used to help with relaxation and stress reduction. By finely focusing your attention on an external source, such as a candle flame, or an internal movement, such as your breath, you can eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing you stress. The process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

‘Mindfulness’ is a term that’s been increasing in prevalence recently, with ‘mindfulness meditation’ at the forefront of alternative NHS treatments for mental health disorders. As well as helping with illnesses such as depression and panic disorder, mindfulness meditation can help us simply to slow down, relax and improve focus on our actions. How many times have you forgotten your keys, or spent the morning panicking that you’ve left the back door open? Mindfulness can help us to increase our awareness of the present moment, reducing careless behaviour which add to our daily stresses and anxieties.

The best way that we can attain peace of mind is by changing our thoughts from negative to positive. As meditation helps us to focus on the moment, there is no room for judgement or stressful thoughts. Feelings of dissatisfaction and nagging thoughts that we’re not doing ‘enough’ can bring down our enjoyment of life, even of the things which bring us the most pleasure. Meditation gives us back a sense of wellbeing and perspective so that we can move on with our lives and deal with challenges easily.

Sam May is running his 6-week Meditation for Health and Wellbeing course at The Natural Health Clinic, Bristol, from the 26th January 2012. Call 0117 9741199 to book.

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