During the major turning points in our lifecycles we learnt that fear can be a real block to dealing with change. A good life practice to start incorporating, during times of transition, periods of chronic stress, illness and emotional pain is to develop the meditative or neutral mind.
Incorporating meditation into your life and making it part of your lifestyle is more relaxing than a massage or taking a nap. Both are pleasant but do not change your mental and emotional state, i.e. they can leave you still with a racing mind.
A regular meditation practice is just like taking a shower every morning but this is a mental shower, to dislodge old thought patterns from an overflowing unconscious and subconscious mind and reassemble them into thought patterns that better serve you.
Dr Herbert Benson from Harvard University published the first studies on the effects of meditation on the body mind. He said meditation created an integrated physiological response to stress. In essence he states that when we mediate we trigger a mechanism in our cells, (Nitric Oxide NO) which responds to stress by lowering the norepinephrine hormone and neurotransmitter released by the sympathetic nervous system. Simply it works by blunting our response to stress.
When you begin meditating it is not always a dance but a struggle especially when you run into to old mind patterns that you have become attached to. Yogi Bhajan tells us “if when meditating, all your garbage does not come out to greet you – you are probably not meditating.”
Do not become concerned when this mental garbage comes up, meditation is not about getting anything RIGHT. It is about making it a regular practice. It is not about proving who you are it is about improving who you are. It is becoming aware of your thoughts and emotions the way you perceive life and getting in touch and understanding who you are? Expose the dark corners of your mind and emotions to the light of conscious awareness and it will ultimately liberate you from the burden of holding on to your mental burdens.
All you need to do to mediate is to pick a quiet, relaxed setting, close your eyes, focus on your breath and a mantra (mind projection) and become passive to each passing thought. Just 20 mins twice a day can have a dramatic effect on your physical health, emotional and mental wellbeing.
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This week’s classes:
Mon 19 September 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7
Tues 20 September 6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 21 September 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)
Wed 21 September 3-3.45pm Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5
Wed 21 September 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road
Fri 23 Sept 6.30-7.30pm Community Class @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road (by Donation)
Sat 24 Sept 6.30-8.00pm Gong Healing and meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5