• Meditation is growing in popularity and receiving praise from all directions: from occupational therapists to mainstream media, people from myriad different backgrounds are talking about the benefits of meditative work. But to the uninitiated, meditation practice can appear daunting, time-consuming and difficult to get to grips with. I personally avoided it for many years for these exact reasons.

  • Like many people, I planned to meditate but never quite got round to it. When I finally began, I found it awkward and wasn’t sure if I was doing it right, or if it was working. My practice was inconsistent and I struggled to see how it could be of benefit to me. Once I looked deeper into it, however, I realized that I hadn’t understood meditation as well as I’d thought. I’d overcomplicated it.

Once I committed myself to
30 consecutive days of focused meditation,
I began to feel a difference.

  • After a year of practising for 15 minutes a day, I noticed incredible changes within myself. Significantly, I found myself feeling angry far less often – something that had troubled me in the past. My rage was absent during situations identical to earlier events that had provoked an intense emotional response.

I also noticed a new ability to remain calm and at peace in the midst of chaos. I had more conscious control over my thoughts. As a result, I felt more joyful more often.

I couldn’t ignore these changes.

  • Meditation eases the resistance that your ego creates. This brings a sense of calm, clarity and enhanced patience. I learn profound lessons from intuitive thoughts during my practice, and this access to my inner wisdom illuminates answers to any questions I’ve been struggling with. When I need to raise my vibration, I know that meditation will restore good feelings.

  • This might seem strange. Many people think the goal of meditation is to clear the mind of thoughts. But this is a misconception: actually, meditation is really concentration. Meditation helps you arrive at conscious awareness of the present moment – and that’s a powerful tool to use in every part of your life.

  • You practise meditation by being fully present in the moment via your senses, while calmly observing your thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations – from a distance, without judgement.

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