Guest Blog – Meditation by Dr Mariette Jansen

Meditation: distorted opinions with a positive conclusion.

The image of meditation is ‚Ķ‚Ķ‚Ķ‚Ķ‚Ķ…….????

I can’t tell as there are probably as many ideas as individuals. But, whatever people think about it; self-centered navel gazing, wasting time in nothingness, pretence, religious activity…… No matter which idea someone has, I have not come across anyone who was convinced it was really, really, really bad for you.

So, even though a lot of people don’t have a clue what meditation is, they are of the opinion it might do you good. A very positive perception of a concept!

And rightly so. Meditation is the skill or practice that brings us in touch with the calmer side of our existence. That aspect of our being that is not overwhelmed with input from the outside world, that aspect on the inside that is pure, unspoiled and therefore reflecting our true nature.

Reading Stacey’s blog about her daughter not winning a race brings home how fulfilling life is, if and when you are able to connect with the deeper and truer aspects of your being.

Meditation is one of the ways of connecting, but the question for a lot of us is: ‘how do you do it?’

There are a lot of techniques that can be applied, but being an experienced meditation teacher, I have found that my concept ‘Meditation with a Western flavour’ works very well. The concept combines conventional meditation techniques with down to earth guidance, music and a variety of practices.

The practice of meditation is not effortless; it has the contradiction in it of relaxed effort. You want to let go, go with the flow, and at the same time you need to take control, otherwise the mind takes over or the body falls asleep. The challenge is to find the methods that work for you.

I meditate every morning and every meditation session is an adventure in itself. There is so much inside me that is undiscovered and every time I retreat in my personal silent space a new experience ‘might’ pop up. I have to stress the word ‘might’, as every meditation is different and 8 out of 10 sessions are pretty average. Always resting, calming and joyful, but the wow-factor appears in maybe 20% of the cases.

Visiting a group meditation can be a fantastic experience, but if you want to make meditation part of your life, it is important to find a type of practice that you can do on your own, regularly and easily.

Recently, Dr Mariette Jansen, designed The Meditation Wave. A 28-day programme that helps busy people to bring meditation into their life. All materials are delivered via email or internet and it only involves 5x a day a 1 minute meditation, that can be done everywhere and anytime. The Meditation Wave aims to help everyone to embrace the meditation practice: as time and place are no hindrance, even the busiest buzzy bee could do it. Group meditators will benefit as well. By doing a daily practice you set yourself up for a deeper experience in the group, as you train your mind and body how to respond in a very short timeframe.

The programme was launched in March and some feedback of participants:

“I did the one minute meditation on Friday, felt really good, but no more. Than on Saturday, I started my morning with the meditation and I can’t believe I did it, but 2 major jobs that I had been putting off for months, were done by midday. How weird and how fantastic was that? Something had happened inside me, and I can only relate it to my new activity: the one minute meditation!”

“….Also noticed after just over a week that I seem to be sleeping better, but that may just be coincidence. I will continue to monitor that.”

“I’m finding the Meditation Wave really rewarding.  It’s so useful just to be able to step out of myself for a few minutes and take a break from the world.  I find it hard to blank everything out but I think I’m getting better at it.  I’m certainly going to keep going.  Stress is a big problem for me and although it hasn’t been easy to get into the habit of meditating, I think it’s beginning to help me.  To begin with, I felt very self-conscious doing it (even when I was on my own!) but I have got over that now and enjoy the opportunity to take a few moments for myself.”

The Meditation Wave offers:

5 downloads, instructions, checklist, stress chart and daily email support. Cost £37.

For more information on stress free living, The Meditation Wave, meditation in general, workshops, etc. www.stressfreecoaching.co.uk

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