In our current society, time and peace of mind have become precious, often elusive commodities no matter what our age.
Restorative and balancing personal time, enhanced by meditation can be an effective counter to the stress and pressure of modern life, maintains Lynda Ann Kerr, a Sydney-based expert in meditation and Reiki therapies.
Despite enormous advances in technology, that have improved life in many ways most people appear more stressed nowadays than they were years ago, she believes.
“Meditation can be seen as an opportunity to take a short vacation from the external world to renew our systems and stay in touch with or real needs and feelings,” says Lynda.
Even brief respites from daily demands can replenish a tired body, settle our emotions and nervous systems, and give our cluttered, overloaded minds a much-needed rest.
The practice of meditation has been around for thousands of years in its many different forms.
Everyone is unique and so is their experience of meditation.
Most recently science has proved the benefits of meditation to:
- Assist to manage stress, anxiety and pain
- Stabilise blood pressure
- Boast our immune system
- Balance our energy levels
- Bring more clarity of mind and become calmer
- Sleep better
- Have more vitality and increase our overall wellbeing and happiness
“Meditation is very much like walking in the rain. You really don’t know what it is like until you experience it,” adds Lynda.
“Work out what you want to get out of meditation. Talk to others, and ask around. In particular, talk to people who meditate.
“Shop around at the beginning: try a few different techniques to find what’s right for you.”
Lynda recommends starting out slowly the first few times you meditate: five to fifteen minutes per session is a good start.
There are also many apps available to download for free offering guidance plus if that’s not your thing most local libraries have cd’s, and books on different traditions.
“Though personally I have found the best way to start and keep up a regular meditation practice is in a weekly meditation group coming together with other meditators.”