Meditation is a method of stilling the conscious mind by changing brain wave frequency. By moving from ‘beta’ brain waves, which is the normal conscious functioning state, to ‘alpha’ brain waves, we quiet the conscious mind in order to bring about deep relaxation and stillness.
Our body is designed to deal with short bursts of stress, such as being chased by a Saber Tooth Tiger back in the cave days. These short bursts of stress can help us become stronger and faster to prepare us and be ready for the next stress that comes along. Instead of tigers, our stressors are now work deadlines, kids, family issues, financial burdens, social expectations, constant thinking and worrying, chronic illness etc. These stressors are often chronic, that is, they are around for longer periods, sometimes days, months or years which can lead to decay of the body systems and its tissues. In the deep relaxation and stillness that meditation can bring, our body can heal and recuperate from the damage that this chronic stress has caused so we can be in a better position to approach the next challenge.
There are many different styles of meditation, so everyone should be able to find a style to suit them. All have one thing in common, cutting out the influences of the outside world in order to still the chatter of the conscious mind and bring about a calm mental state.
If you would like to start the practice of meditation there are a few things that could help you to get going.
- Same time and same place each day helps to establish routine.
- Place things around you that promote peace e.g. photo’s, special possessions, crystals, use essential oils.
- Try a few different ways to start with, until you find a method that suits you.
- You can sit on a chair, straight backed is preferable. If you want to sit on the floor in the cross legged position you can lean against a wall if it helps. You could lie flat on the floor on a rug or mat.
- Make sure you are warm enough, the body temperature drops a little during meditation.
- Start with 10 minutes a day, then you can extend when you feel you want to.
To start with the conscious mind will chatter, that’s expected, you are just starting to learn. You will also be aware of sounds that’s ok, just acknowledge them and then let them go.
Letting Go Meditation
Firstly make yourself comfortable. Sit on a chair, on the floor or lie on a rug or folded blanket. If sitting, uncross your arms, legs and feet. If lying, have your feet slightly apart with arms at your side. Gently breathe and relax.
- Take several slow gently breaths in and out.
- Relax and let go, sink into the chair or the mat and picture yourself surrounded by softness.
- As you breathe in, picture yourself taking in peace, joy, harmony and tranquility. Also take in the things you value most in your life, along with your hopes for the future.
- You could picture tiny golden stars floating down from the universe filling you, surrounding you, nurturing you and keeping you safe.
- As you breathe out, let go of all the things that have caused you hurt and pain, frustration, irritation and anger. Whenever they happened, today, last week, last month, last year or many years ago, let them go.
- You could picture them like a bunch of brightly colored helium balloons, you are holding the strings and as you let go of the strings the balloons float up into the universe, taking your problems with them.
- As you let go of things from the past picture yourself making room for good things in the future.
- Once again take several gentle breaths in and out
This mediation can be completed in just a few minutes when you need a short ‘time out’ or ‘emotional recharge’ or just can’t get to sleep at night. It can also be used at the beginning of any other meditation practice.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Another type of meditation that brings in body awareness is detailed here. This form of relaxation, based on contracting and relaxing your muscles in a specific pattern can be performed in a matter of minutes in your car, office, waiting for an appointment or comfort of your home.
To experience learning or furthering your meditation, consider our 6-week meditation course run at intervals throughout the year. Check below for our next course dates.
Sharon Corbett, our resident Life Coach and Counselor, has had many years of teaching Yoga and Meditation. Sharon is running our next 6 week course, starting soon here at the clinic, check out more details below.
There are many different styles of meditation, they all have one thing in common, cutting out the influences of the outside world in order quieten the mind and relax the body. Each week Sharon will introduce a different style of meditation so by the end of the course, you will have a greater practical understanding of what type of meditation suits you best. There will also be some yoga style breathing and deep relaxation.
- Good for the spirit – Puts us in contact with our inner voice, our inner strength and our inner wisdom.
- Good for the Mind and Emotions – Develops inner peace, clarity, self-confidence, self-acceptance, creativity and eventually greater self-actualization. The perfect way to manage stress.
- Good for the Body – Strengthens the immune system, harmonizes the endocrine system, relaxes the nervous system and creates health and vitality.
Our 6 Week Course
- Beginners welcome, no experience necessary.
- Participants are asked to bring a cushion or mat to sit on, chairs are also available.
- Cost is $60 for the full 6 week course.
Science is now supporting what meditators already know…Meditation is good for you.
Our next Meditation Course begins Tuesday 4th October 2016.
Places are limited so please contact us now to reserve your place.
Written by Sharon Corbett, Counselor and Life Coach and Director of Holistic Options. Sharon operates from Head 2 Toe Health, a multidisciplinary clinic in Brisbane also providing Acupuncture, Massage, Life Coaching and Counselling – where we aim to get you as well as possible, as fast as possible, permanently. We believe in a thorough approach to restoring and maintaining health and address many aspects of our lifestyles that can contribute to pain, stiffness, dis-ease and disease. For any further information, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07) 3208 8308.
This information is intended as a general guide only and is not specific for any particular condition or situation.