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MEDITATION FACTFILE

Definition:  Greek; hypnos (“sleep”) + therapy (“treatment”)
Origin:
  Egypt - Healing can be traced back to around 3000 BC.
Founded By:
  German physician & astrologist Dr Franz Mesmer (1734-1815) in 1775
Therapy Type:
  Mind-Body


WHAT EXACTLY IS MEDITATION?

Meditation is an ancient, spiritual custom, which enables individuals to experience a deep sense of clarification and a conscious form of relaxation.
There are numerous styles of meditation, such as the traditional methods of focusing the mind on a mantra (the repetition of sacred sounds or words), or upon the flame of a candle, a picture or by simply concentrating on the in and out motions of the breath.  Buddhist meditation however is based on a more free-flowing consciousness, counting the inhalations and exhalations of breath and by exploring one’s being moment by moment.  Most forms of meditation are carried out either by doing simple tasks, whilst walking or by sitting in a comfortable and relaxed position.
Meditation although not considered prayer has been misinterpreted as such, partly due to how the talking and listening aspect of meditation is akin to prayer, as it is the listening to what is revealed in answer to your question within the silence of the meditation.  However the Hindu techniques within meditation entail the quiet repetition of Sanskrit, a name for God.
Third eye meditation (Trataka) entails complete concentration upon an object, slowly closing the eyes but keeping the focus on the object by utilizing the third eye.  A popular meditation technique in the 1960’s was Transcendental Meditation, which involves repeating a mantra and needs introduction by a qualified therapist



IS MEDITATION RIGHT FOR YOU?

Meditation may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:

  • Abandonment                   
  • Abuse                       
  • Addictions – Alcohol/Drugs           
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder   
  • Personal Growth/Development
  • Alcoholism                       
  • Amnesia                       
  • Anger Management               
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks           
  • Bipolar Disorder                   
  • Childhood/Adolescent Problems           
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome           
  • Chronic Pain                   
  • Depression                       
  • Eating Disorders                   
  • Grief/Loss                       
  • Habitual Behaviour (Eg. Facial Tics)       
  • Headaches
  • Hyperhidrosis/Excessive Sweating
  • Insomnia       
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Mood Swings
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Rejection
  • Relationship Problems
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Harm/Injury
  • Separation
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Smoking Addiction
  • Social Phobias
  • Stress – Emotional/Physical
  • Suicidal Thoughts/Attempts
  • Weight Issues/Management


FINDING A QUALIFIED MEDITATION TEACHER

There are many types of meditation techniques today, all usually with the common aim of quieting the mind, de-stressing the body and developing oneself spiritually. It is important to be drawn to whatever technique appeals to you, as this will usually be the right one. When choosing a meditation instructor, it is useful to look for two things:
 
1.    What is their training and qualifications and who were their teachers.

This will give you an idea of the level of expertise they can offer. However, because meditation is an experiential rather than intellectual practice, the proof of a good teacher will be in their demeanour, wisdom and knowledge, which can only come from experiencing the challenges of life and long-term practice.

2.    What is their personal experience and personal practice of meditation.

A good line to remember in meditation is “An ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory” (Paramahamsa Hariharananda). Meditation is best learnt from people who ‘walk their talk’ and know what they are talking about from the inside out, not from intellectual theory, which is actually relatively meaningless. Your intuition will tell you whether your heart believes they really know what they are talking about. Another good axiom to follow is “Those who speak, don’t know, and those who don’t speak, know” (Lao Tzu).

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