Daily practices for all
It's often shrouded in mystery, but simply speaking, meditation is a technique which dispels the clutter from your mind and slowly quietens the thousands of thoughts firing away in your brain. Deeply relaxing, it provides your mind a much-needed breather. With regular practice, it will help you transform your life. Here's how.
It’s said that sleep restores the body, and meditation restores the mind. It helps remove the noise that’s distorting your natural inner peace. The technological environment we live in today is extremely problematic for repose and illumination as we are relentlessly bombarded by messages that are designed to distract, tempt and convince us. Meditation gives you the power to seize your mind back, even if it's just for some part of the day, and recall that peace and transformation, which is where it always is - inside.
You will find some of the meditations here very effective, and others may be less so. Everyone is different, so experiment to find what works for you. Remember this is your time, there are no rules, and you shouldn’t ever feel despondent about your practice. The most common reason people give up meditation is "I kept slipping into thinking", which is a futile reason to give up. To notice you were thinking, or to have observed your thoughts means that you were indeed meditating. Meditation is not a far away destination to be reached after years motionless inside a cave; it’s an internal state ready and waiting any time you want to connect to it.
As you begin to meditate more often, you will learn which method you need, and crucially, when you need it. Soon, you will become familiar with your unique rhythm, and will listen and respond to your own energy. You can lay down, sit up, lie on the floor, or even walk around; what you don’t have to do is you sit all day in the lotus position looking serene, because life isn’t like that. It’s unlikely you’ll fly around the room having an out-of-body-experience, or go into some sort of trance, and you certainly won’t need to involve mind altering drugs. Meditation simply requires you to concentrate on one thing, which is generally a mantra, a voice, or your own breath.
Here you will find a mixture of meditations some of which are guided, others which don’t require external direction, including ones for sleep, relaxation, positive affirmations, for loss, anxiety, depression or for losing weight, and cutting out alcohol. Click on the buttons below to take you to the meditations you would like to listen to.
'There is no rush to reach what you imagine to be ‘enlightenment’. Enjoy your practice, have fun with it, explore it fully. It took me a number of years to learn which meditations suited me, but once I did, I was able to adapt them to nurture my own growth. You will soon be able to do the same. I am ardent about daily practice, and my routine is both simple and deeply enjoyable. You’ll find that if you take time to meditate every day, your life will change. I know because mine did. I practice in the morning before rising, but do what works for you. It will easily become part of your routine even on the busiest of days, as it swiftly becomes obligatory me time. To begin with, I suggest a couple of minutes to say thank you (link) quietly in your head and then 20 minutes to meditate.’