This was something that’s been on my radar for a long time. I’m forever puzzled by my husband’s ability to be calm, present, unconcerned about anything other than the here and now. I on the other hand am easily swept up in life, the chaos of it and the need to be doing everything all at once and by yesterday. I’m in a rush to achieve and get things done, part driven by ambition and part driven by frustration and comparison to what everyone else is doing. My aim was to reach a better equilibrium in life, a slower more considered pace but mainly more calmness and contentment. I wanted to be mindful and enjoy living in the moment.
Meditation was one of those things that kept on cropping up and was on my radar whichever way I turned. Between family stresses, changing jobs and starting my own business I was keen to try whichever way to bring some calmness and focus to my day.
On taking the four day course, I was more than surprised at all the benefits meditation can bring. I’ve done a Q&A with the founder of Will Williams Meditation so you can get a bit of a clearer idea of all the upshots in making time in your life to meditate.
- Who is meditation for?
Meditation is for anyone who can conceive of living a happier, more fulfilled existence. There is a space of happiness inside each of us that very few people in the world are connecting with. It helps people become more calm, creative, more energised, more productive, it improves your relationships, your sense of self-esteem, it helps you tap into who you are and what you’re really about and gives you a huge sense of purpose in life. It tops you up with an ability to cope with all life demands and to feel that you are really thriving, instead of merely surviving.
- What’s the most you can hope to get out of it?
The sky is the limit really. We’ve had many dozens of people overcome supposedly incurable physical disorders, like IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Migraines, autoimmune disorders, ADHD, chronic anxiety, OCD, major depression, and various sleep disorders. There are others who thought they would never be able to know what it feels like to have a calm, stress free mind and life. We’ve had many more who have simply not realised how much potential they have as a person until they tap into their deep inner resources and find there is something even greater available to them.
The bounty of benefits meditation can deliver are usually well beyond what most people consider possible. At an everyday level, it’s about feeling good every single day of your life.
Its the gift that keeps on giving, and the more you put into it, the more you get out.
- Give us some facts and figures that might surprise people?
Everyone in the industrialised world has chronic stress, and most of us don’t even realise it because we’ve become so accustomed to this way of life. Many people even think that high stress is actually helping them to be a high achiever! And yet, many of the most successful people are not high stress types, they are calm, composed and considered and often use meditation techniques to help them get the most out of life. Likewise, many people are experiencing a poor quality of sleep due to the way we are living our lives.
One of the most surprising facts about the meditation we teach is that it reduces your biological age by an average of 12 years. You actually look and feel younger and are in better physical condition than when you started, even many years after you have begun.
Meditation has been shown to be as effective as leading medications at reducing high blood pressure and cholesterol.
It increases your IQ by an average of 5 points.
It also increases sex drive!
- How can meditation change your life?
By helping you to become completely fearless. By allowing your brain, your body your nervous system and your sub-conscious to free themselves of all the pain, stress, emotion, fatigue and trauma that have become stored in your memory, whether you realise it or not. That then allows you to live completely in the moment and to respond to every situation with grace and poise.
It also helps you to become so much more connected to the people around you. This often has a game changing effect on how you feel about yourself and the world in which you live.
- Why is Vedic meditation preferable?
Its universally considered to be the easiest form of meditation practice. There are plenty of other techniques out there, but many of them are very difficult if you live a busy life. Trying to clear your mind of all thoughts, or concentrating for significant periods of time, or sitting in uncomfortable positions can be painful and feel like a chore. Vedic meditation is about giving people a little sound that they repeat gently within their mind. This acts as a little password into a beautiful deep space where you can get some all-important ‘you’ time. It fills you up with enormous amounts of physical, mental and emotional energy in a way that mindfulness and concentration based techniques simply cannot get close to. It’s so easy, you can do it anywhere which also makes it very practical for fitting into everyday life. Like yoga, it’s also completely non-religious which is important for anyone who feels uncomfortable about aligning with an ‘ism’.
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