What is Meditation?
Meditation is the most ancient of all practices and is the heart of many traditions. It is a way to connect with our inner self - that space of complete stillness which is present in everything in the universe and is the essence of every being.
The meditation we give is a mantra meditation from thetradition. It is for anyone living and working in ordinary life and is open to everyone, whether they have a belief or none at all. It is easy to learn and consists of the silent repetition of a simple mantra for two half-hours a day. A mantra is a sacred sound, which when repeated helps to quieten the mind and bring the meditator to a place of peace and warmth of heart. A place simply to be and to feel ‘at home’.
The practice of meditation is not a quick fix. It is more a gentle and gradual process which, over time, allows us to respond to our lives in a more positive way and gives us the energy to cope more easily with difficulty and stress.
There have been many neurological studies on the effects of meditation. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and to increase activity in the left anterior brain regions associated with positive emotions. The form of meditation taught at The Study Society has also been shown to lower blood pressure. Read more on the neuro-physiological benefits of meditationand more information on research into meditation
If you decide to learn to meditate, please contact us at the Study Society. Meditation is given throughout the year in a simple ceremony. We offer an initial introductory talk and if you wish to continue a date will be given when you can receive the method of meditation. After this a course of three sessions and a group meeting are offered, followed by the chance to attend meditation meetings and other activities andheld at Colet House in London and around the country.
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