What is meditation?
Meditation is a set of practices designed to relax the mind and body, to reduce stress and help us develop our full potential. Originating in India thousands of years ago, the practices were brought to the west during the second half of the 20th Century and have since undergone rigorous scientific research and testing. While there are many different techniques, most involve sitting quietly and deliberately placing the attention on a specific object. These objects are known as “anchors” and give us somewhere to rest our awareness away from the flood of thoughts that engulf us everyday.
Popular anchors are the breath, body sensations, visualisations and mantras. Vedic Meditation is a mantra-based technique that uses a word with no meaning that we repeat silently in our heads to lead us to a state of inner stillness and rest.
Many people who have tried and failed with other techniques have found the Vedic technique to be the easiest to master. We sit in a comfortable chair with our eyes closed for 20 minutes once or twice a day and effortlessly repeat a mantrain our heads, gently returning to it whenever we find ourselves lost in thought. That's it – so simple yet incredibly powerful if practised regularly.
As well as making you feel relaxed and centred, countless scientific studies have shown meditation to give practitioners the following benefits:
- Reduced anxiety and stress
- Improved sleep
- Greater perspective
- Access to clearer and more creative thinking
- Improved productivity and focus
- Increased happiness
- Improved immunity
- Increased emotional resilience
How to learn Vedic Meditation in Sydney
Vedic Meditation is taught in person over four short sessions that leave the student fully trained up to be self-sufficient meditators. The biggest reason people quit meditating is because they're not sure they're doing it right and in-person teaching with individual feedback is the only reliable way to make sure you're doing it right. To take the next step, come along to a one-hour introductory session in Bondi Junction.