Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm, and stable state.
Meditation is a process of giving your full attention to whatever object you have chosen. In this case, you are choosing to be aware of the breath. Allow yourself to experience your breathing in an open and accepting way. Do not judge or attempt to control or change it. Open yourself so fully that eventually there is no distinction between you and the breathing. In this process, many thoughts will arise in your mind: “Am I doing this right? When will this be over? Perhaps I should have closed the window. I forgot to make an important call. My neck hurts.” Hundreds of thoughts may come before you and each thought will call forth some further response: a judgment, an action, an interest in pursuing the thought further, an attempt to get rid of the thought.
Meditation is suitable for everyone and different reasons. Perhaps you are looking for peace of mind, clarity, and contact with yourself or you want to relax and let go of stress. Would you like to get closer to yourself, get to know each other better? Are you looking for silence and space to get in touch with your wishes and motivations – in troubled times and exhausting everyday life?
The effect of meditation has found positive effects in many areas, such as improving the quality of life, strengthening physical health, strengthening mental health, minimizing sleep disturbances, and reducing behavioral problems.
No. You don’t have to adopt any religious belief system to do the meditation practices that we teach here.
Pretty much. People who have experienced schizophrenia should be cautious about taking up meditation, and although meditation can help with the depression I wouldn’t advise anyone to start meditating while they are feeling profoundly depressed (they should wait until they’re feeling more balanced).
If you are interested in meditation, there are very good literature and websites from which you can learn more. You can try to meditate at home first with instructions in books, podcasts, or videos. However, experience shows that meditation is best learned with a teacher and in a group. There are providers with different backgrounds – religious, spiritual, or secular – which you can check. Healing TherapyUK offers introductions during retreats, in which you thoroughly learn and practice the method under the guidance of an experienced facilitator with no religious or spiritual affiliation, but with solid experience.