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Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques to find relief from anxiety & stress, improved sleep, lower blood pressure, greater creativity and performance in work and recreation, increased self understanding and self acceptance.  Many people find a sense of inner peace and creativity, and can tap into this to find ways through difficult life changes, or when just feeling stuck and need to find a change going forward in their lives.

Many people find it difficult starting meditation, so I just put a couple of pointers here - there are many books available if you want to know more, but most people say that once they find the technique it has changed their life so much they cannot live without it.  I am one of them!

What is meditation?

Meditation is simply the practice of focussing your attention on one particular object - perhaps a candle flame or a crystal, or the coming and going of the breath, or a word or phrase.

In everyday life your mind is constantly processing a barrage of sensations, visual impressions, emotions and thoughts.  When you meditate you narrow your focus, and limit the bombardment of stimuli to your nervous system, and calm your mind.  This allows all areas of the mind and body to relax - opening new areas of creativity.

People who meditate report feeling more peace of mind, more energy, more well-being, more meaning & contentment in life.  Don't worry if, when you first start, your mind is busy and distracted - that is normal, meditating for 5 or 10 mins a day and getting small snatches of calm is great, like everything it improves with practice!

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How to start

  1. Find a quiet place and sit comfortably with your back relatively straight.

  2. Set a timer for 5 or 10 mins so you wont have to check the time, and can relax until you hear the alarm

  3. Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes and relax your body as much as you can.  If you find this difficult it is a good idea to try to meditate when you naturally are relaxed, perhaps after a bath, or first thing in the morning not when you are rushing.

  4. Focus your mind's eye either on a colour or a shape, or repeat a word or phrase that means something for you e.g. "dont worry, be happy", or just focus on your breath coming in and out of the body

  5. If you realise you are distracted (this is normal) just come back to your focus point.  Just a minute or less over the whole time will be beneficial and improve with practice.

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