“Freedom is the innermost desire of all our hearts”
– B K S Iyengar
What is Mindfulness:
I describe Mindfulness as both something we practice and something we are.
Practice: paying attending to what is happening inside and outside of us, in a kind and non striving way, in the present and from moment to the next as it arises.
State: switching our mind from doing-mode to being-mode, this is a state of mindfulness, where we feel connected to and in the present moment, alive to it and awake.
What is Meditation?
The practice of Meditation is older than we will ever know. We do know it grew out of ancient eastern spirituality and historians say its roots are in Yoga and early Hinduism, dating at least three thousand years’ old. Fast forward to the 21st century, and Meditation seems to be having a renaissance. This is mainly because the stress-relieving benefits of meditation have become widely known, and they are being sought after in these pressured modern times we live in.
Meditation with its diverse lineages and the hundreds of techniques that exist to practice it, is a fascinating pursuit in itself. Though if you are seeking to develop or sustain a meditation practice, it is advised to find and stick to one way that suits you and your lifestyle needs and progress from there.
The Meditation I practice, offer and teach is Mindfulness-based Meditation: a secular approach which uses paying attention to anything we are feeling, sensing or thinking in the present moment as our meditation focus and practice.
Do you need Meditation?
Modern life has us more stimulated and distracted than any other time in the record of human beings: the rise of technology constantly calling upon our attention, the 24 hour culture we now live in, the faster pace of life, multi-tasking (and multi-role playing as male and female responsibilities have become inter-changeable) and the relatively new impetus from the 20th century that we ‘should be’ different or better or constantly seeking change.
The rise of consumerism and ironically greater wealth in the West has also made us far more distracted from the present and what we already have.
As if that weren’t enough to contend with… latest neuroscience research (the study of the nervous system and the brain) has proven that humans have an in-built negativity bias. What this means is that we are programmed to see and feel ‘more negative’ reactions than positive ones.
This has the result of either keeping us in fear mode or unwilling to sit with the present.
As individuals we may not be able to change or rewind the pressures and demands of modern life – but we can develop our own capacity to manage it, navigate it and find a healthy balance within ourselves…. … through Meditation.
The research-backed benefits of a regular meditation practice, from just 10 minutes a day include:
Making time each day to consciously take one’s attention and presence inward and allow oneself to just be is itself tension-reducing.
Practiced regularly, both mind and body not only benefit from the tension-reduction, but grow resilience to the onslaught of things, situations and our own patterns that cause stress.
Meditation may seem like it’s just training the the mind, but the practice has a direct impact on our emotions, nervous system and functioning of the body. Ample science research now shows how focusing our attention on one thing for a period of time helps the body rebalance and the cells regenerate.
The practice of meditation gives us tools on how to manage our reactions through the body, breath and focused attention. This can be in the moment of the reaction itself, for example, when someone says something that makes us angry or upset, or afterwards when we need recourse to finding grounding and balance, for example, if we can’t sleep at night.
Over time, meditation helps us see our reactive state and our tendencies and where they may not be serving us. We learn more about the way we think, as well as what makes us feel joy and peace within.
Less Fear, more Peace
Meditation helps us live more in the awareness state, giving a broader perspective from which to see and live in. If we practice mind training with Compassion and Yoga, we learn to be able to live full and whole-heartedly, feeling connected to the world, yet not overwhelmed by it as are able to surf the ebbs and flows.
Mindfulness-based Meditation With Divya
I offer Private, Group and Workplace Mindfulness-based Meditation tuition.
This can take place: in your home, in a studio (£20 per hour rental rate), in your workplace.
This can take the form of:
– an Introduction day or afternoon
What is Mindfulness? Breath-focused, Walking and Mindful Eatings meditations, Take-aways to start a practice
– a series of 4 private sessions (recommended)
To start your practice, develop your technique, learn 4 main practices, and sustain it for your daily life
– bespoke sessions for instruction, guidance and for particular need or interest
For example, for managing a chronic illness or pain, or navigating a difficult or stressful period in your life
I make the Meditation practice as accessible for you as it can be to you and guide you in a way that will support your lifestyle.
Drop me a line with your interest and questions for developing your Mindfulness-based practice to this email address and I’ll get straight back to you: