What is Meditation?

Meditation is a spiritual practice that is thousands of years old - initially developed and practiced in ancient India. 

Meditation is the practice by which peace, tranquility and clarity of mind is gained through focusing attention on the space between thoughts.

Patience is important - because patience makes us pay attention. Slow down and practice patience!

It can be a powerful modality to bringing about personal growth, change and physical, mental and spiritual growth, as well as “union” with universal energy and consciousness.

Meditation is a safe and simple way to balance a person’s physical, emotional and mental state. The use of meditation is not new. Meditative techniques are the product of diverse cultures and people around the world. The value of Meditation to alleviate suffering and promote healing has been known and practiced for thousands of years.

The practice of Meditation starts with discovering the mind – because everything happens through the mind.

Meditation is a mirror – revealing what cannot be revealed otherwise.

The practice of asana (postures in yoga) is establishing and maintaining a comfortable and firm foundation upon which we can concentrate and meditate the mind. Yoga is not yoga if it does not develop the mind towards meditation and link the practitioner to the Devine. Sri T. Krishnamacharya

Quiet awareness of body and mind… to give the mind its best possible form. Yoga is meditation.T.K.V Desikachar

Studies have shown that meditating regularly helps relieve symptoms in people who suffer chronic pain, as well as cancer patients. The neural mechanisms underlying the relief were unclear. Researchers have found that those who practiced meditation over an 8-week period were better able to control a specific type of brain wave called Alpha rhythms. These activities are thought to minimize distraction and help keep you focused. 


Mindfulness Meditation – Immersion into Full Awareness “Insight”           (Vipassana-bhavana)

Vipassana practice cultivates mindfulness. Mindfulness in insight meditation refers to bare awareness of the physical and mental phenomena occurring in the present moment. These phenomena include the movements of your body, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations of touch, pain or pleasant feeling, thoughts, etc.

By identifying and changing the perception of reality – replacing incorrect, negative mental conditioning, views and perceptions (avidya), with positive, clear-sighted mental attitude – we can treat dis-ease or conditions that may be causal triggers to dis-harmony and disease.

Mindfulness focuses the mind.

Sitting quietly – separating yourself from the busyness of the world – watching your thoughts pass like clouds.  The Buddha – the Awakened One.

Meditation doesn’t mean that we withdraw from the physical world and become ineffective. It’s the opposite. Meditation helps us to cut through our solid distorted view of the world, so that we spontaneously contribute to the welfare of the world by the way we are, and skilful action flows from that.  Lama Shenpen Hookham – Buddhist Meditation Teacher

Constant, mindful immersion in meditative consciousness (meditation) – watching our thoughts and perception – is key to enhancing our mental and physical wellbeing.  Sri Shanthi Bhavana

What is a Teacher?

A teacher is someone who guides and inspires a student, so that they may bring out their best and discover what is inside them.



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