Meditation Information Advice and Practice in Wimbledon

The benefits of meditation and mindfulness:

Meditation is a very important way to reverse the ageing process - Deepak Chopra

Meditation triggers the Relaxation Response. This is a deeply relaxed state in which healing and repair of the body take place.

Meditation has been shown to have many benefits for physical health and mental well-being. These include slowing of the ageing process, pain reduction and improved sleeping patterns.

There is increasing evidence that meditation can help protect us from Alzheimers and similar disorders. Research has shown that a particular meditation practice, Kirtan Kriya can improve cognition and activate parts of the brain that are central to memory.

Meditation has also been shown to balance the emotions, improve people's ability to cope with stress, increase creativity and promote feelings of well-being.

Blue Cross Shield Insurance Study in the US in 1986 on the benefits of meditation

This study based on 2,000 meditators in Iowa showed that they were much healthier than the American population as a whole in 17 major areas of serious disease, both mental and physical. For example, the meditation group was hospitalised 87% less often than non-meditators for heart disease and 50% less often for all kinds of tumours. There were equally impressive reductions in disorders of the respiratory system, the digestive tract, clinical depression and so forth.

Mindfulness meditation is being increasingly used in the West to improve mental and physical well-being. Following the development by the molecular biologist Jon Kabat-Zinn of his successful Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme at the Massachusetts Medical Centre.

Course details and costs

My course is an introductory one-to-one course  based on the techniques of mindfulness meditation. I tailor the course to suit the individual and generally teach meditation sitting on a chair rather than on the floor. The course covers:

  • What meditation is and basic instructions
  • Various approaches and techniques
  • The benefits of meditation
  • Mindfulness and meditation in every-day life
  • Thoughts and Insight
  • Taking it further

Course structure and timing

It consists of six sessions of approximately 1 hour on a one-to-one basis. Sessions are arranged, weekly or at longer intervals, to suit each individual. Group sessions can be fixed by arrangement. 

I offer follow up sessions for former students.

I also offer sessions to help with stress reduction and some techniques to help people who suffer from migraines and headaches.

References - I can put you in contact with one or two of my previous students if you would like to talk to them about how they found the course and what they feel they have gained from it.

Course Fee: See prices page

Three tips for establishing your own Meditation Practice.

  1. Get Help - Get a good book on Meditation or find a local teacher to help you get started.
  2. Make it part of your Routine - finding a regular time of day when you can usually meditate is key to establishing a practice.
  3. Be gentle with yourself - don't worry if your meditation doesn't seem to go well, just do it and you will benefit.

Group Meditation

 I organise and often lead, a monthly Meditation Group at the Wimbledon Quaker Meeting House. If you are interested in coming to this please contact me. More details are given on the News page of my web site.

Meditation Apps

I have been looking at meditation apps for mobile phones. There are two which seems to stand out for the iphone, which may be available on other phones: Headspace which a couple of people have recommended to me and Mindfulness Daily, which I have been using myself and think could be a good addition to a daily meditation practice and gives me reminders at key times during the day to pause and be mindful. I'd be interested to know of other people's experience with them.