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What is Meditation?

Out of the cave, onto the street, and into virtually every department of human life. Meditation has come of age. In essence, meditation is a simple technique of focusing the mind’s attention in order to achieve mental clarity and emotional calm. Ultimately the meditator realises deeper states of being that transcend the body-mind.

What does the everyday person use Meditation for?

Many people find that meditation helps them to reduce stress and increase feelings of relaxation, clarity, and inner peace. It has also been shown to have a number of health benefits (too numerous to mention all here) including improved cardiovascular health, reduced blood pressure, and improved sleep.

Generally speaking, meditation improves our overall human function by allowing us to perform out of a deep state of inner relaxation, as opposed to stress that is known to compromise and hinder our function.

Is it one technique that fits all?

There are many different types of meditation techniques, like mindfulness, which involves becoming increasingly aware of your present moment experience; loving-kindness meditation, which involves cultivating feelings of love and compassion towards oneself and others; Transcendental Meditation, which involves the repetition of a mantra; Vipassana, breath awareness, and so on.

Some techniques are more advanced than others. However, it may be, it’s best for one to choose a technique that best suits their needs and preferences.

What does a successful daily meditation practice look like?

A successful daily meditation practice is bound to be different for different people, as we all have different needs and preferences when it comes to experiencing inner peace and calm.

There are, however, a few common elements that we can lean to. For example, the buddha said, one drop at a time will fill the bucket. This means, consistency.

To build an effective meditation practice then, it’s helpful to:

  1. Be consistent – it’s important to set aside a dedicated time each day to meditate. This can be morning or evening, before bed, or at any other time that works best for you. It’s also important in the beginning to choose a quiet, comfortable space where you can meditate.
  2. Chose a meditation technique that resonates with you and that you feel comfortable practicing – As I’ve already said there are many different techniques any of which might be suitable, like mindfulness, or loving-kindness. You’ll need to try different options until you find one you feel most drawn to..
  3. Meditate with others –¬† It’s extremely helpful in the beginning to meditate with others. You might a group in your area or start one.
  4. Be patient – This is essential. Don’t expect to “see” immediate results, though you certainly will. Rather, take your time to settle into your practice to allow it to do its magic. Note: it’s normal to have days when it feels more difficult to concentrate, and the mind seems noisier than usual. In time you will begin to understand this and it will no longer hinder your practice.

To find out more about how you can improve your mental health schedule a free call with Bassam

What you can discuss with Bassam during your strategy call:

During your strategy call with Bassam you’ll be able to discuss where you are currently at with meditation, what you hope to get out of it, which technique might be most suitable to you, and how you get going to set up a successful daily meditation pratice.

Other topics you can discuss might include:

  1. Your goals for your meditation practice
  2.  Challenges you are facing that meditation might help you with, for example health, trauma or grief.
  3. Personalised guidance and what working with a meditation coach like Bassam might look like.
  4. Which meditation technique might be most beneficial in meeting your needs.

Overall, the goal here is to help you identify how you might benefit from meditation, and how you can get started in order to achieve your needs.

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