Meditation is not, as is commonly supposed, about emptying the mind but about learning the discipline of focus, or being in the present moment.
This enables us to be more in tune with ourselves, more ‘centred’ and less at the mercy of the pressures from the world around us. In this way meditation promotes physical, mental, and spiritual health, enabling the individual to think more clearly, and act with integrity. Put another way, through meditation we develop inner peace. As with any discipline, motivation is the hardest part, and it is helpful to meet with others at a regular time and place.
You don't have to be religious to meditate, nor is it a difficult or mysterious exercise - it just requires setting aside some time on a regular basis. While every great religious tradition includes meditative practice as a spiritual discipline, many non-religious people recognise and value the benefits of regular meditation. On the most immediate level, meditation is a highly effective relaxation technique. Through regular meditation we also start to be more in touch with our whole selves, more in touch with our true potential as human beings. At the same time we become more aware of our connection to other people, and to the Universe as a whole.
By learning to be in the present moment, we are better able to deal with stress and negative states of mind, which most often arise from anxieties about past events, or future anxieties or desires. In this way regular meditation helps our bodies and minds to function more efficiently, and so it can a have profound effect on our well-being and our health. There is even medical evidence to show that it lowers blood pressure and enhances the immune system. But the greatest impact meditation can have is enhancing our sense of wholeness, and sense of inner peace in body, mind and spirit.
Please contact the Chaplaincy for further information about Meditation sessions on 020 7717 2953, or e-mail chaplaincy (@gold.ac.uk).