Meditation Sessions

We are conducting Meditation sessions for those who are interested in applying Meditation to improve their mental and physical wellbeing. Feel free to contact our reception @ 519 474 7300 for more information.

 

What is Meditation?

People practice Meditation to help their minds become calm and relaxed. Regular meditation can give clarity, insight and peace of mind, which may improve your wellbeing and health. Many people throughout the world practice meditation. It is a very important part of ancient Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism and also some Christian traditions. But you don’t have to be religious to meditate. With a bit of practice and time, anyone can learn to do it. It is a very popular and useful type of complementary therapy.
Meditation helps to reduce mental status such as:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Panic Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Meditation will also reduce physical status such as:

  • Pain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling sick
  • High blood pressure

It can take time to feel the benefits of meditation and at first you may feel that you are getting more stressed as you see how busy your mind is. But if you keep trying to meditate for even a short time each day you will find that it gets easier and gradually you will feel calmer and less stressed. Regular practice is the key thing.

 

Types of Meditation

There are many different types of Meditation. Most Involve being still and quiet, but some involve movement, such as Tai Chi or Walking Meditation.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness means being aware and present in each moment. Mindfulness meditation practice can be done while sitting. You keep gently bringing your attention and awareness back to the present moment whenever you notice that you are daydreaming or distracted. One way of doing this is to bring awareness to the sensation of breathing, using this as an anchor for the mind to come back to.

Mindfulness Based Stress reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) is an 8 week programme which teaches mindfulness meditation to help you cope better and be more at ease in your life. Many hospitals and clinics offer this type of meditation. It was developed in America by a man called Jon Kabat-Zinn. MBSR includes

  • Sitting meditation (breath awareness, focused attention)
  • Body scanning (awareness of sensations in the body)
  • Mindful movement
  • Walking meditation
  • Insight meditation
  • Looking at how our thoughts and emotions affect us, which can help us to respond more effectively to situations

A related type of MBSR is mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT).

Focused Meditation

In focused meditation you use an object, such as a flower or candle flame, to bring your attention back to. This can help the mind to focus better, which is an important part of meditation.

Visualization

In visualisation you create specific images in your mind. You focus your imagination to create pictures or images for a specific reason, such as to relieve symptoms of cancer or help yourself relax.

Guided Imaginary or Guided Visualization

A teacher, CD or sound file directs your attention in a specific way. A voice guides your imagination with the aim of relaxing you. This may involve creating an image of a scene in your mind, such as walking through a forest or on a beach, or lying in the cool grass by a beautiful lake. You don’t have to be able to create a visual image (to “see” anything). Just thinking about the images is enough.

Transcended Meditation

This method involves repeating a specific word or phrase (mantra) given to you by the transcendental meditation teacher. It aims to increase your energy and lower your stress level. It also helps to develop concentration and focus your mind.

Prayerful Meditation

In prayerful meditation, the aim is to develop your spirituality. The meaning of the meditation will vary according to your religion or views. In some traditions the aim is to open you up to God or a higher power. In others the aim is to develop positive qualities such as compassion and wisdom.

Meditation and Movement

Some traditions combine meditation with movement to harmonise body and mind. These include tai chi, Qi Gong, walking meditation and yoga.