There are many different meditation techniques that are practised today, and whilst it is not necessarily religious, it has perhaps become best known through its association with Buddhism, Hinduism, New age/Pagan, Judaism and Taoism.
Having become very popular in the West during the 1960s, it is currently the subject of much scientific research, particularly in the field of neuroscience.
What is without doubt is that people who make meditation part of their daily or weekly ritual report that life is considerably enhanced by it. The very practice of setting aside some quality "me time," creating a space of peace and calm in our lives can be very healing in itself. Allowing ourselves time to quieten the constant chatter in our heads, listen to our thoughts and simply observe ourselves, removed from outside influences, helps to produce a state of deep peace and relaxation.
Even just 5 minutes a day can be beneficial. Although of course, as you become more experienced and notice the benefits, you'll want to spend longer.
The benefit of meditation may have a real and lasting benefit on your health:
improving feelings of wellbeing
helps reduce levels of stress and anxiety
lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow to the brain
helps increase your powers of concentration and enhance creativity.
help you feel more centred; less pulled about by your busy world and outside influences.
Of course, if you enjoy connecting with nature, one of the loveliest places to meditate is outdoors, taking even just 5 minutes of stillness to quieten your mind and relax during a woodland walk, or country stroll. You can create your "sacred space", in fact, wherever you find yourself, with a little bit of practise. Taking time-out for yourself in a natural setting can be deeply nurturing .. and you will probably find yourself "meditating" quite naturally, without even realising you are doing it sometimes. Did you ever suddenly notice that the last 5 minutes seem to have disappeared somewhere beyond your recollection ... until something jolts you back? That is a form of meditation too
As a therapy tool, Eileen has created guided meditations that can combine multiple techniques, personalised for clients to aid relaxation and empowerment. This can be one a 1-2-1 or group basis, and tailored for specific aims, either in person at her treatment room in Derbyshire, or online via Zoom
There is also Eileen's "Learn to Love to Meditate" Online Course which gives you the opportunity to learn at home, at your own pace, with Eileen as your tutor and personal assistant providing on-line training and optional live support sessions. To find out more about the Course, visit the "Online Meditation Course"