Meditation is taking the world by storm, the practice is being assessed by science and the results are in – IT WORKS!! Meditation is a practice that has been around for centuries, often associated with spiritual practices, meditation is not a religion but it does support a spiritual practice. Meditation can be done anywhere at anytime. There are many forms of meditation, coming from varied systems and these different practices are able to facilitate and support development in being human.
There are many varied meditation processes, supporting different intentions for the practice. These varied applications have been designed within an array of different systems and meditation experiences ie. Vipassana, Vedic, Buddhist, walking, focus, visualisation, breath, etc these systems will support different aspects of development within your life experience. Here is a fantastic article on over 23 types of meditation from live and dare.
EVERYONE – age is no issue.
Smaller amygdala – our fear modulator
Less fear response: fight, flight
Disconnection of synaptic processes of fear to action
Parasympathetic system switches on – rejuvenation, regeneration and rest
Thickening of grey matter, offering more creativity
Awareness of connection
Ability to override old patterns and emotive response
Mantra, breath, kriya, awareness, movement, focus, mindfulness and visualisations are all embodied within our education. Deep states of meditation rise with continual practice and different meditations suit different intentions.
Marie Louise, EYI co-founder and head educator, has explored many types of meditation and is a master teacher. Her research and experience has taken her deep within the inner dimensions of experience, supporting the application and process of others meditation practice.
I have learnt to slow down, listen and really look at myself, my body’s reactions and thought patterns. I now understand the importance of breathing and meditation in my day. I’ve forgiven myself for things that would usually take me forever to get over. I’ve realised I am good enough and I finally feel calmer, happier and more in control of my destiny. I could not have done any of this without the help of the EYI program.
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So often we hear from our community the questions or statements that bring on the self-doubt around their meditation practice. How can I tell I am developing my meditation practice? I don’t think I know if I am doing it right. I can’t get my mind quiet. Thought we would share 7 of the most commonly asked questions.
Q: How can I tell I am developing in my meditation practice?
The doorway of saying yes to this great tool usually comes with some inspo from the science or someone you know has said ‘you should try it’. After a short while of engaging in the practice you start to notice subtle differences in how you respond to life. A little less likely to snap at your partner for looking at you wrong or yell at a stranger in the traffic. THIS IS PROGRESS.
How you experience your life will be the incentive to continue your practice. You watch, stop for a week or so and you will notice the small shifts. Give yourself the pat on the back you deserve, less irritability, more ease, stopping yourself in a thought pattern, these things make up your developed practice. These are your wins.
Q: Do I have to make my mind blank in meditation?
Good luck with that one. Your mind is going to think that is the gift of the mind, but what rises in meditation is the attention to those thoughts are no longer your focus. There will be words, sentences and stories, but as soon as you see yourself put a few words together you acquire the skill to look away and watch them float on by. This allows more space between the words, in turn, more space and ease in life.
Q: If a fly is buzzing and annoying me, can a push it away?
You don’t have to be a rock on a mountain and absolutely still. Instead of reacting to the fly, watch your reaction, then choose, maybe you won’t need to shoo the fly away or maybe you will, just do it with all of your awareness.
Q: What about lying down?
Lying down is not recommended, not because you need to look like a yogi, but the tendency to fall asleep is what happens in the lying position. Sitting up does not trigger the sleep pattern. If you can lie down and not fall asleep, go right ahead.
Q: What if I do fall asleep during the meditation?
Sleeping is not a bad thing, but that isn’t the practice you want to be encouraging. No worries if you do, but if it becomes a pattern, stand up for a while and meditate.
Q: Can children meditate?
This tool is for everyone, children are the best at diving into a meditative state, it seems they don’t have as much conditioning and patterns of thought that they attach to. A person who starts meditation from a young age can really bring that presence into life. Our inner technology is true genius, touching base with it more often allows it to be experienced.
Q. What should I do about the restlessness or discomfort I experience while meditating?
You are not alone, this is very normal, the agitation you are feeling is exactly what you are there to do. Believe it or not, this is one of its gifts. Day to day living can wire your body up like a coil, beginning to sit in that coil with awareness allows it to unravel. This allows your body to operate without the wired nervous frenzied energy that is encapsulated within the body. Accepting the restlessness and discomfort allows it to move on.
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I found both the meditations and the workshops to be extremely beneficial to my state of mind, to the quality of my sleep and to my overall health.I feel like I can now better understand why I feel the way I feel with certain situations.
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