Feeling stressed? Deflated? Lacking energy?
21st century living can be a fast-paced, stressful existence. Life opportunities that half a century ago were taken for granted are now less achievable. This can be attributed to the macro-economics of the society, financial constraints, personal issues, or often a combination of these.
No matter what the reason, life can seem pretty exhausting when you are advancing yourself – be it through seeking recognition in a secure job, a happy marriage, a family or owning a home.
In the 24 hour world we live in, how can you thrive (not just survive)?
Developing a “toolbox” of coping strategies and techniques, can help you to better deal with the impact of stress. Techniques which involve a meditative approach can also help you to be a much happier, content person.
- What tools help you?
- Does your choice of exercise or style of yoga help you to feel better able to cope with the stresses of life?
- Do you spend time everyday being present (mindful) or practicing meditation?
On a personal level
I have a friend who has struggled with clinical depression for more than 20 years. She would often say to me that she felt like a hamster on a treadmill getting nowhere, or a swimmer treading water to keep her head above the waves.
I introduced her to practicing mindfulness as part of her journey towards wellness.
Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation
- Focuses your awareness on the present moment, at the same time calmly acknowledging and accepting your emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations.
My friend found mindfulness has become part of her daily life and that it helps her cope better with the inevitable stresses and strains of everyday life. Mindfulness is one of the meditative techniques I have been offering my QiYoga® clients since 2006.
Where’s the proof meditation works?
When you are stressed your heart rate increases, breath thins, you feel more tired so crave caffeine or sweet sugary ‘quick fixes.’ A sure sign you are living with the effects of long term stress is the accumulation of fat around your mid-section (due to your body releasing stress hormone cortisol).
When you meditate you can turn the stress response off and allow your body to renew and regenerate itself so you feel refreshed and revitalised on all levels.
In fact a 2010 report by The Mental Health Foundation found that 72% of GP’s in the UK believe that their patients would see remarkable health benefits if they practiced meditation. In addition, The British Journal of Medical Practice said in a 2013 article, two thirds of GP’s believe that meditation would help them personally.
What meditation works best for your desired outcome?
There are many types of meditation, so come along to QiYoga® meditation courses or enjoy our home course emailed directly to you via mp3. All our meditations are different so you are guaranteed to leave the course knowing what meditation works best for your needs at the time.
- London Meditation Courses – click here
- Perth, Australia Meditation courses – click here
- Perth Meditation Retreat courses – click here
- Sydney, Australia Meditation courses – click here
- Home Meditation Course (listen through your computer, phone, iTunes or download onto CD or USB) – click here
Meditation really is the best form or self medication and self preservation
Meditation can help you to be the best version of you that you can be
Meditation will improve focus, intelligence, the ability to cope with stressful situations and keep your energy levels, vitality and health optimal.
Finally, please indulge me when I paraphrase words from the Bible and The Byrd’s 1965 song “Turn, turn, turn”
To everything there is a season
And a time to every purpose under heaven
A time to laugh, a time to weep
(And I would like to add that with meditation comes:)
A time to Heal
A time for Peace and a time to Hope.
- The Bible: Ecclesiastes (3:1-8)
- The Byrd’s American Folk Rock Band 1965: Turn, Turn, Turn