THE MEDITATION HAVEN
FIRST FIND PEACE AND THE REST WILL FALL INTO PLACE
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” Wayne W. Dyer
Do you find you are constantly stressing in your work and personal life about finishing that next deadline or project and always promising yourself that once that goal is reached then I'll be happy and at peace? While it's true that healthy levels of stress can help to boost us towards achieving our goals, too much can be toxic, making us ill and unhappy.
With regular meditation we are able to bring about real changes to our attitudes and thinking patterns, improving exponentially the overall quality of our physical and mental health and bringing lasting inner peace and an improved sense of well being.
There is now a wealth of scientific evidence showing that meditation is a natural antidote to stress and many other health related issues.
Some of meditation's many benefits:
Improves mood and emotional health
Increases attention span
Improves memory (may reduce age-related memory loss)
Helps to control pain
Generates new neuronal networks in the brain
Increases empathy and compassion
If You Can Breathe, You can Meditate
Meditation is learning to detach from the concerns of everyday thinking to observe mental activity without judgement. Practised daily, meditation weakens the connection to the the flight/fight or fear centre of the brain and simultaneously strengthens our rational thinking abilities; making us less reactive to adverse situations -more able to stay calm in the face of challenges and problems. Meditating every day brings clarity and greater focus and increases our capacity for compassion and forgiveness.
Meditation is a skill that anyone can learn and can be integrated into everyday activities such as eating, walking, interacting with others (looking at, listening and responding to others), working out, driving (yes even driving!) By bringing meditation into all aspects of life we learn to live more mindfully. Without mindfulness, we miss so much of our life journey. It is like driving on autopilot; we barely notice the journey itself because our mind is caught up thinking about things that happened in the past and with concerns about the future. Mindfulness teaches present moment awareness; how to live with presence in the present.
By reigning in our wandering mind and focusing on what is happening in the moment, we experience a more heightened awareness of the colour and vibrancy of everyday life; the banal becomes extraordinary when viewed through the lens of mindfulness. And as mindfulness also brings greater clarity and insight, we find the overall quality of our lives improves as we start to make better choices regarding our life path and in our relationships.
As we progress in our practice, we may start to experience a deepening of our connections to the people and things in the world around us and a closer bond with nature and beyond.
A BIT ABOUT ME
Anne-Marie Evans, MA ( Philosophy, University of Glasgow), PGdip (Transpersonal Psychology & Consciousness Studies, University of Northampton), DipBSoM (British School of Meditation)
A fully qualified meditation teacher with an accredited level 3 teaching diploma (with distinction) from the British School of Meditation, I am fully insured and signed up to the BSoM code of ethics and professional standards.
I specialize in teaching a variety of meditation techniques for stress reduction and how to live more mindfully. I teach beginners and those who want to deepen their practice in groups or in one-to-one sessions. I also teach classes for children and offer meditation workshops for corporate groups.
I have specialist knowledge of eastern and western philosophical traditions and psychology from studies in these fields. I am available for after-dinner talks on the neuroscience and benefits of mindfulness practices and consciousness.
OUR TRAINING SERVICES
Our training sessions, with their own themes, insight and goals, will introduce you to different meditation techniques, and explore the scientific, philosophical and historical background to meditation and mindfulness.
Meditation Haven is a secular practice, unaffiliated with any particular faith tradition.
Under expert guidance, you will have the space and opportunity to learn, explore and experiment with techniques from a variety of meditation practices. From simple sitting and breathing exercises, to mindfulness, Zen, chanting and Loving Kindness meditations, you get to discover the type of meditation that best suits your needs
Introduction to Meditation: suitable for beginners
Group Meditation: drop in sessions
Workshops tailored for corporate groups, schools and clinical patient groups
One to One sessions
Themed Retreats : "Far from the madding crowd" a balm for the soul...treat yourself to one day or one week retreats in idyllic, natural settings.
After dinner talks on the science and benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices
"You can't stop the waves but you can learn to surf" - Jon Kabbat Zin
Practice using the breath to anchor the attention and prevent the mind wandering.
When we have control over our thoughts, we have mastered meditation. When we have mastered meditation, we have mastered life.
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment" Buddha
Bringing awareness to present moment
Among its benefits, Mindfulness Meditation helps improve many aspects of your life, including reaction time and short term memory.
Those who have tried Mindfulness Meditation become more relaxed and less distracted by their fleeting thoughts, demonstrating an enhanced ability to communicate, to solve problems and to retain and recall information better.
"The main factor in meditation is to keep the mind active in its own pursuit without taking in external impressions or thinking of other matters." - Ramana Maharshi
The repetitions of mantras originated in the Hindu and Buddhist meditation traditions.
Known as "Spiritual Sound Formula", it is used as a tool to liberate the mind from thinking.
Mantra meditations improve focus and concentration, and help participants gain control of thoughts.
LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATON
"May all beings be happy" - Buddha
The corner stone of Buddhism, Loving Kindness is one of the most widely practised Buddhist meditations.
Foster compassion and empathy by focusing on extending love and kindness to all beings including yourself.
Zen is meditation, za zen means the still point – this is the most important teaching in Zen
In zen practice, the eyes are half closed in soft focus and as you breathe through the nose bring the attention to the Hara which is at the centre of the body. The Hara is also the spiritual centre of the body. Breathing in, feel the coolness of the air and follow it down to the Hara. On exhaling, feel the warmth of the Hara.
“The true purpose [of Zen] is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes… Zen practice is to open up our small mind.” Shunryu Suzuki (Japanese Zen Master)
A healthier, happier, and better quality lifestyle awaits you. Get in touch today and let’s get started.
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