Once again Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey are running one of their free 21 day meditation challenges. As a participant in many of their previous challenges we can attest they are well worth signing up to.
Follow Deepak and Oprah for 21 days as they give you guided meditations. This particular challenge is around the theme of Desire and Destiny to helpyou follow your passion and discover your purpose.
Meditation is a common mind-body strategy. While there are many types, meditation is any activity in which you control your attention. This mind-body technique helps you achieve a “relaxation response,” a term used by Herbert Benson to describe the physical changes tied to a state of relaxation—decreased heart rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure.
There are two general forms of meditation, each with slightly different methods and goals: concentration meditation and mindfulness meditation.
Vipassana is an ancient technique of meditation, originating in India more than 2500 years ago, that is now taught in many locations around the world. There are numerous Centers in India and elsewhere in Asia/Pacific; ten Centers in North America; three Centers in Latin America; eight Centers in Europe; seven Centers in Australia/New Zealand; one Center in the Middle East and one Center in Africa. It is even taught in a number of prisons around the world.
Vipassana is taught as a silent 10 day live-in course initially and has a very strict schedule of meditation, eating and sleeping. Once you have completed a 10 day course you are then able to do further 3 day courses and it is recommended you repeat the 10 day course at least once a year. For more dedicated meditators the course is also run as 30 days in some centres.
Meditation refers to a state where your body and mind are consciously relaxed and focused.Practitioners of this art report increased awareness, focus, and concentration, as well as a more positive outlook in life.
Meditation is most commonly associated with monks, mystics and other spiritual disciplines.However, you don’t have to be a monk or mystic to enjoy its benefits.And you don’t even have to be in a special place to practice it.You could even try it in your own living room!
Meditation is not simply a process of reflection or contemplation, nor is it mere daydreaming or relaxation. Meditation is a technique or practice that involves training your attention and mental awareness and bringing your mental focus under control.
Meditation isn’t easy. It takes time, energy and effort, concentration, determination and discipline. To be a successful meditator you will need these personal qualities but the results you will experience in your everyday life will be worthwhile and this is why so many people persevere. Although it is easier to just sit back and watch television, this will not allow you to get rid of the feelings of unease and unrest experienced by so many people in today’s rushed societies. These feelings may go away for periods of time but unless they are dealt with they will always come back.
Meditation is a practice by which one aims to get beyond the reflexive, “thinking” mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness.
Our next meditation course will start on wednesday the 14th of April, 8.00pm. Our guest teacher is John Ballis, bestselling author of “The Wheel of Life’s 8 Keys to Succes” More information coming soon.
Meditation practise has many proven benefits for the body, mind and spirit. These include…