The uses and benefits of mediation vary widely. It can be viewed as a medium or ‘medicine’ that offers a way to settle and educate the mind in the midst of turmoil, unease or disease, but also during the trials of success, ambition, and achievement.
For many people, mediation is a powerful means of deeply relaxing and renewing energy reserves. However meditation can also be seen as a path of ‘awakening’ from the sleep of mundane existence or in Taoist terminology the ‘red dust’ of the world. It can be used as an endeavor to deeply understand and embrace the contradictions and difficulties of human existence, to achieve greater understanding and to progress consciousness.
Mediation is good for the improvement of:
- Memory – by helping to strengthen the cerebral cortex
- Athletic ability – allowing focus through contemplation and reflection, removing mental blocks that prevent full participation without hesitation.
- Inner peace, clarity and certainty – the ability to focus on pleasant images, views, feelings and ideas as a way of creating a peaceful state of mind, ‘letting go’. The ability to face existence without these methods but the fully accept life as it is.
- Central Nervous System, helping to strengthen it and liberate its potential.
Meditation can be practiced at home or even at work, with even a short 10 minute session being used to refresh the mind and body, thereby increasing focus and concentration or deep relaxation, depending on the requirements of the tasks in hand.
Meditation Sessions – what to expect:
Using both Indian and Chinese approaches, John introduces basic to advanced meditation approaches to facilitate relaxation (degrees of metal and/or physical stillness), individual insight and physical and physiological ‘self mastery’, or learning to sense the ‘physical’ and ‘subtle’ bodies using awareness. This allows one to be less influenced by environmental factors and allows innate intelligence and wisdom to surface, an aspect of self-realization. Techniques may be taken from Buddhist, Daoist and other Asia sources.
No previous experience is necessary, there are no prerequisites for attending. Simple to advanced meditation techniques are included in both Tai Ji and Yoga classes. You do not need to be spiritually inclined to practice meditation and classes do not require adherence to a particular belief or faith.