5 Top Meditation Tips
Feeling stressed out? Here's how implementing a simple strategy into your daily routine can improve your mental health and happiness. And breatheeeee.
Our Wellness Month is now well underway, along with 2019 New Year’s resolutions to practise moderate drinking and cut out sugar, have you considered investing in your mental health?
Transcendental Meditation is an easy technique practised 20 minutes twice a day while sitting comfortably. It has a growing fan base including The Greatest Showman star Hugh Jackman.
We’ve consulted Huw Meads, a lecturer in Media Studies at Bournville College, Birmingham, who became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in 1990. He currently runs the Heart of England Centre in Albany Road, Stratford-upon-Avon where more than 1,000 people have learnt TM in both private and corporate courses over the last 20 years.
Here’s Huw 5 tips on why deep meditation is so good for improving mental health and happiness:
1. The constant demands of social media can become stressful. Transcendental Meditation (TM) produces a state of deep relaxation in both mind and body which releases stress deep rooted stress.
2. TM is life changing for anyone suffering from stress, anxiety and low mood. Many research studies have shown it is highly effective in reducing anxiety.
3. It produces a state of inner calmness and wellbeing which continues over into everyday life and improves the quality of all our relationships.
4. A study concluded that the average person thinks about 60, 000 thoughts a day – no wonder we can feel overwhelmed!! With regular practice of TM, the mind spontaneously becomes clearer and more orderly, enabling us to navigate our way effortlessly through the demands of each day.
5. I find my twice daily practice of TM keeps me on an even keel so that even when things appear to go awry or I’m under pressure, I can work through them in an easy calm manner.
Huw teaches courses, leads monthly Meditators’ meetings, and offers one-2-one TM checking at the TM Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon. The next Introductory Talks take place on Jan 28, Tues Feb 5, Wed Feb 20 and Thur Feb 28, all at 7.30pm (more are available in Birmingham). After attending one of these talks, the next Stratford courses start on Feb 9 and March 9 (Saturdays), uk.tm.org