With the mind in its busy everyday mode, we are often not able to see things with the necessary perspective. We can easily feel stressed, pulled into the future and past, and struggling to be truly present as our life happens.

Meditation brings together mindful attention with a willingness to be quiet and tune in. We give ourselves time to explore what we actually feel, rather than trying to create what we think our life should be like. The more honestly we know ourselves, the more we are able to be in control of our moods and emotions.

When the mind calms down, it becomes clearer to see where we’re acting out of habits, where those patterns of behaviour come from, and what we can do to become more skilful in our thoughts and actions to create balance, ease and clarity in our lives.

Cultivate your practice

Join me for a regular meditation class

at the Life Centre in Islington or yogahome in Stoke Newington

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Through practice we develop clarity around our behaviour patterns, habits and actions.
We learn to move away from reactivity, from our addiction to experience, expectations towards others, expectations around our life, and cultivate insight or wisdom through self reflective awareness.

Ultimately , happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them.

 

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Benefits of a regular meditation practice

improves focus and cognitive self awareness

develops mental stability

helps with distractibility, memory loss

strengthens the immune system

helps to handle physical and emotional pain

develops empathy and emotional intelligence

reduces stress and anxiety by increasing brain activity in the prefrontal cortex (linked to regulation of emotions)

increases grey matter in the brain (the part of the brain involved in muscle control, sensory perception, memory, emotions, speech, decision making and self control)

decreases brain activity in the amygdala – the part involved in triggering fear (active when we feel stressed)

My background

My meditation practice and teaching draws from my background in Vipassana (Insight) – a Buddhist approach to meditation based on the Theravada lineage, but universally valid independent of any religious believes. Developing mindful awareness and a calm abiding in the present moment are central to the practice.

I sit quietly for a while (almost) every day – and go on silent meditation retreat two or three times a year. I am blessed with great meditation teachers at Amaravati Monastery in Hertfordshire and practice with Burgs in Wales.
Practice with me

This I declare, O friend, within this body, six feet long, endowed with perception and cognition, is contained the world, the origin of the world and the end of the world, and the path leading toward the end of the world.

 

The Buddha