Meditation FAQs

Soul Essence runs meditation groups in New Eltham,  I will run meditation in peoples homes or for groups in halls. Contact me if you are interested

Q     How do you find time to meditate?    woman-890041_1280

A     Start with five minutes in the morning or evening and gradually build up to ten minutes then increase by five minutes every week until you can do twenty minutes regularly.  Try and focus on a candle, your breathing or work from your feet to your head visualising each part of your body relaxing, these are good routines to start off your meditating. Ideally, try and meditate at the same time each day. If you cannot fit in five minutes specifically for meditating every day, try concentrating on your breathing in the shower, or sitting on the bus or train to work.

Q     How do you relax enough to meditate?

The more you fight with yourself about being unable to relax relax-1183533_1280the harder it becomes. Accept that, thoughts and jobs you need to do will come into your mind when you first start to meditate.  Just acknowledge them and bring your attention back to your breathing, the voice or whatever you are focusing on. The more you accept that thoughts will enter your mind the easier you will find you can relax enough to meditate.

Q     I have tried meditation and I couldn’t get on with it, what should I do?silence within

There are many types of meditation, you can meditate just sitting on the floor or chair focussing on a voice, breathing or music. You can do yoga exercises, go for a walk in nature, or sit in a park and listen to all the noises you can hear. There are the guided / visualisation meditations, sound meditations like a gong bath, for the more serious transcendental or chanting meditation. I would suggest trying a different form of meditation before deciding it is not for you

Q     How long do you need to meditate for to see benefits?

Any regular amount of meditation will give you results. It is the regular consistent practice that gives you the benefits not the length of time of one session. If you are a beginner trying to do 20 minutes morning and night will more than likely be a challenge and you will give up.

I always say start with an easy amount of time for you; this may be just one minute to start with morning and night. Depends on how hectic your life is. I would suggest 5 minutes morning and evening is a time most people can fit into their busy schedule.  Then as it becomes easier slowly increase to 10 minutes, and increase as you begin to feel more comfortable with meditation.

Q     How often?

Daily, morning and evening are best, but if you have to miss a day or the morning session because you have to get to work earlier one day, it will not undo any benefits you have already gained. You may notice you are not as focused that day.  The more you meditate regularly the easier it becomes.

Q     What counts as meditation?

Meditation is a time when you sit and focus on something to clear your mind. This could rest-52495_1920be your breath, the light of a candle, relaxing music, and painting or drawing, it can even be a walk in nature.  You can be mindful which is also meditating, making a cup of tea, instead of making it in autopilot, really focus on filling the kettle with water, listen to the water, when you pour the water into the cup or teapot, notice the steam, smell of the tea etc. This is taking your mind off everyday activities and helping you relax.

Q     Benefits

There are many benefits of meditation below is an infographic giving you information about some benefits.

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Meditation Improves and Keeps Your Energy Healthy

Meditation is not all about sitting crossed legged and breathing. Mediation is about relaxing our minds, clearing our thoughts, and being positive, this can be done sitting in a chair, walking in the park/nature, once you are more experienced even on your commute to work.

The easiest form of meditation is where you are taken on a journey and you are focussing on someone’s voice and using your imagination. I have people tell me they cannot imagine things or colours, the more you relax and focus on guided meditations the easier you will be able to imagine things in your mind. We all live hectic stressful lives today and do not take the time to switch off.

Your energy level reflects your thoughts, if you are always thinking stressful situations, worrying about an exam, interview, tasks at work, your mind and thoughts will be in overdrive. This drains your energy, you feel tired and exhausted.

Meditating regularly, helps you to unwind, the more you consciously try to relax and clear your mind the easier it becomes and you can then truly switch off from the stress in your life and let your body recover.  Benefits can be, reduced pain, lower blood pressure, less angry, more focussed, better memory, less sickness and visits to the doctor. You will become more present and your general health will start to improve when you meditate regularly.

We are all affected by the energy around us, we need to avoid situations/people where possible which drain us, and spend as much time as possible with positive people/situations.

You need no equipment to meditate, just a quiet space and ten to twenty minutes a day where you can be alone and quiet.

If you want to learn more about meditation I run two groups during the first week of every month both costing £6, Tuesday starts at 5:30 and Wednesday start at 8pm.

For more information email me.

How to Alleviate Your Pain with These 5 Therapies

Alternative Therapy or Complementary Therapy is generally treatments that are used in place of or alongside conventional medicine. My advice is to always get a diagnosis from a qualified doctor before making any decisions to use alternative/ complementary therapy.

Alternative therapies include many disciplines, such as acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, therapeutic touch (Reiki and healing), guided imagery, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation, meditation, herbal remedies and many others.

Research over the past few years has shown evidence of benefits for Mind-Body therapies, like acupuncture and meditation for helping to manage pain. Other alternative therapies like massage, chiropractic, therapeutic touch have the potential to relieve pain in certain people.

There are so many alternative therapies, what works for one person is not necessarily going to work for another. Finding out about the various therapies and deciding which one to try is a good idea, you may need to try several before you have success.

 Meditation and Hypnosis

These are mind-body therapies which are to help the mind to have an effect on the body. Meditation and hypnosis help the body to relax which can help alleviate discomfort related to chronic pain. Many types of pain are created due to tension in the body so relaxing will help relieve your pain.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is thought to decrease pain by increasing the release of chemicals that block pain, called endorphins. Many acu-points are near nerves when stimulated, these nerves cause a dull ache in the muscle. The stimulated muscle sends a message to the central nervous system, causing the release of endorphins (morphine like chemicals produced in our bodies during times of pain or stress). Endorphins are neurotransmitters (body chemicals that modify nerve impulses), block the message of pain from being delivered.

Chiropractic

Chiropractic treatment is the most common non-surgical treatment for back pain. Research has shown chiropractic may be helpful for headaches, neck pain, back pain and whiplash. There are other conditions which can be treated depending on your circumstances. Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, the theory being that proper alignment of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine, will enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. Manipulation is used to restore mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by a traumatic event, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.

Massage

Seated acupressure massageMassage is used to help people suffering pain, to mainly manage back and neck problems. Massage can reduce stress and relieve tension by enhancing blood flow. This treatment can also help reduce the presence that may generate or sustain pain.

 

Therapeutic Touch and Healing

Energy healingHealing and Reiki is a channelling of energy into the body to help restore your energetic vibration back to normal. Our bodies are all energy vibrating at certain speeds. If your vibration speed is not correct you may have an illness or pain, the various energetic type healing therapies help to put your body back to its normal vibration. These therapies are normally done by laying hands on or close to your body.

 

If you would like to try meditation, energy healing or acupressure seated massage contact me to book a session.

What is your excuse for why you can’t meditate?

Examples of excuses and reasons that you can meditate.

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My mind is too busy – don’t worry, while you are sitting meditating you will become aware of your busy and chaotic mind, which meditation will help to unwind. You will experience lots of thoughts, feelings and possibly emotions.  It doesn’t matter how you feel whilst meditating, concentrate on how you feel after and for the rest of the day.

I get too fidgety – you don’t have to sit still, you just need to be comfortable, if you fidget do so it will lessen the more you meditate.

My anxiety kicks in – while all your negative thoughts are coming up that would be normal. Meditating and learning breathing exercises will calm you.

Sitting still is my worst nightmare – then consider going for a walk in the park or woods, without earphones in, listening to nature. You could learn yoga, Qi gong or tai chi where you meditate moving. The art is to just “be” not always “doing”

I don’t like it – if you have tried one type of meditation and it was not for you, there are other types out there.  Here are a few transcendental, mantra, breathing, visualisation, guided and there are many more.

I am too busy – How much time do you waste looking at Social Media, watching TV, playing games online? You only need 20 minutes a day to feel the benefit.Candles, Orchid and Some White Pebbles