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Information provided, and meditation teacher trained, thanks to Perth Meditation Centre

This course will teach you how to meditate without having to rely on a group or a teacher. Each class presents 2-4 meditations with explanations, guidance and discussion. The whole course will help you understand how meditation works in your body and mind. You will learn to read the physical and mental signs of success and know to how deal with the bugs that arise (distraction, fatigue, bad mood, runaway thought. . .).

Some of these exercises are long but others are quite short. These ‘spot-meditations’ will help you shed the unnecessary stress rapidly and restore a sense of balance and control at any time during the day. Nor do you always have to sit down to meditate. You can easily do it whenever you walk, wait or do exercise. A spot-meditation well done can restore you to a base-line level of arousal in less than a minute. Done frequently (i.e. once a hour) it can keep you functioning well all day long. It helps you pace yourself and avoid exhaustion.

For more info on attending a course, or booking one for your workplace, please contact regional_physio@westnet.com.au

Guided Meditation

Meditating alone can be quite difficult.  Finding the time can be a challenge, as well as trying to deal with multiple distractions.  In guided meditation, the teacher walks you through the mediation, one step at a time through their spoken word.  The aim of the guided meditation is to help you find peace, quiet, stillness and a sense of calm, that you will take back out into the world with you.

The more you meditate, the better you get, so if you are someone who struggles to quiet their mind, why not come along at least once per week to one of our guided meditation classes?  There are NO prerequisites – anyone can join in.

Why Meditate?

People meditate for a variety of reasons: to sleep better, to control an overactive mind, to wind back anxiety, to manage pain or illness, to be more focused and productive, to get more pleasure in life. If you understand what happens when you meditate, and you reflect on the results of what you do, you can confidently adapt your practice to suit your own goals and lifestyle.

Do I need specific skills to meditate?

Meditation is based on just two abilities: relaxation and attention. Both are natural and intuitive but we hardly ever develop them as skills. We can all relax: we all fall asleep eventually. Most babies can do it perfectly but it becomes harder as we get older. Meditation trains us to relax quickly and consciously at any time, even with a stressed busy mind.

Learning to pay attention is a adult cognitive skill with enormous down-stream benefits, but in meditation it starts very simply. Focusing on the body for longer than usual accelerates the process of relaxation, while the act of focusing itself calms the mind.

What results can I expect?

You are likely to get good results from the very first class. It is easy to meditate when you are being guided by someone in a place free from your usual distractions. However it still takes practice to develop meditation as a reliable, do-it-yourself skill. I suggest a minimum of 15 minutes a day in total, five days a week if you want to see good progress. This can be in one session or broken into spot-meditations. Just like any skill, meditation will usually require 100-200 repetitions and about 3 months to consolidate.

Evidence for stress reduction:

Sourced thanks to Headspace.com
According to neuroscientists, as you continue to meditate, your brain physically changes, even though you’re not aware of it re-shaping itself. They’re also beginning to understand why meditation is effective for managing stress. Using brain imaging techniques, they’ve observed changes in the threat system of the brain. The response kicks-off in the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for triggering fear. People who suffer from chronic anxiety have a more reactive amygdala, and this leaves them feeling threatened much of the time.
…evidence that meditation served as a realistic and maintainable stress management technique.
A study performed at Stanford found that an 8-week mindfulness course reduced the reactivity of the amygdala and increased activity in areas of the prefrontal cortex that help regulate emotions, subsequently reducing stress.5 Similarly, researchers from Harvard University discovered corresponding changes in the physical structure of the brain with a similar meditation course; there was a lower density of neurons in the amygdala and greater density of neurons in areas involved in emotional control – evidence that meditation served as a realistic and maintainable stress management technique.6

Further information on Meditation

Meditation is a practice in whiclh an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realise some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qikiprana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.

A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs.

Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressuredepression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way— for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of, or remind the practitioner about some aspect of the training.

Meditation may involve generating an emotional state for the purpose of analysing that state—such as anger, hatred, etc.—or cultivating a particular mental response to various phenomena, such as compassion.

The term “meditation” can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state.  Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra and closing the eyes.  The mantra is chosen based on its suitability to the individual meditator.

Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as “being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself.”  In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices.

INFORMATION SOURCED FROM:

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