We all know that practising something makes us better at it – piano scales, your golf swing, lifting weights. In its simplest terms, meditation means practising certain patterns of brain activity that correspond with patterns of thought or states of emotion so that our brain gets better at performing in that way. It is a scientific fact that humans can practise focus, calm and happiness.
In these sessions I can offer tuition in basic meditation practices that you can take away and practise in your own time. With dedicated practise, you can develop better focus, robust resilience to emotional stress and a predisposition for positive emotional states.
It is important to recognise that meditation requires a serious commitment to practice if these benefits are to be realised, but also that the science is very clear: if stress, anxiety or distraction is getting in your way, meditation (if you practise properly) works!
Who can attend:
This intervention is for anyone who is looking for a way to reduce or develop better control over stress, anger, anxiety or other emotional distractions, or to develop better focus. Anyone who is able to demonstrate a serious commitment to practice is likely to feel some benefit from this course.
Basic sitting practice – we will start with the basics. This starting point is approximately the same across traditions (Tibetan Buddhist, Japanese Zen, Southern Chinese Daoist, ‘Western’ Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). A simple exercise to practise sitting for a short time and getting to know certain habits of the human brain as well as developing a practise plan or timetable to take home.
We will also have a quick chat about your reasons for choosing to learn meditation, so that we might tailor future sessions to best suit your aims.
Guided sitting practice – we will repeat the basic practise from the week before and I will guide you through understanding what it happening in your brain when you practise and how to sustain practise over time
This point on, guidance will differ depending on individuals’ experience of practice. If you are having success with the basic practice, we may discuss further training, but it is best to get the basics down (and the basics offer great benefits, so if this is all we do, this is good)
Same as session 3
Same as session 3
Same as session 3, you will be able to return to me for guidance in your space time at any point in the future. Pop to the LRC