Meditation helps us on many levels: from simple relaxation to freedom from suffering to a full liberation of heart and mind. Meditation allows us to relax and focus on the moment and on what is important to us.
There are many reasons why people meditate. For some, it is part of a spiritual journey and has to do with the expansion of awareness and how they perceive and experience life. Some simply want to relax, and this benefit of meditation is self-evident. Other people are interested in the benefits of meditation for health and general well-being. Here are some reasons to consider meditation:
Studies have shown that people who took eight weeks of mindfulness meditation training had far fewer cases of colds and flu and less severe infections compared to a group of non-meditators. There are many reasons why meditation helps to heal faster and live longer: it lowers blood pressure, it improves relaxation resulting in better sleep, it leads to less anxiety, it lowers cholesterol and it supports a stronger immune response.
The practice of meditation helps some people get better rest and it reduces the stress hormones like cortisol, which can also interfere with sleep.
Mindfulness meditation has been shown to help ease chronic discomforts like neck and back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and recurring headaches. It teaches you to open your senses to your breathing, the sound of the wind rustling or the feel of the sun on your skin.
Mindfulness training improves your ability to maintain attention and regulate emotional distractions. People who do 20-minute meditation sessions per day can perform better as they are able to ignore the distractions and simply focus on the task.
Recent studies are proving that meditation can actually lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in our bodies. How? Being more aware of our immediate experiences through meditation may keep us from stewing over the past or worrying about the future.
Many of us automatically interpret things in a negative way and assume the worst about ourselves and others. This can cause depression, which meditation has been shown to alleviate.
Most people who come to our groups in Alethea are not new to spirituality. The starter meditation group is designed to teach participants mantras and introduce them to the philosophy of Vedanta. Alethea offers all levels of meditations, as well as different approaches and practises.
Norah Finn is the founder of Alethea Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Training Services. Norah is a practising Counsellor and Psychotherapist and is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, a Faculty member of the William Glasser Institute Ireland, and trained in Family Systemic Theory through the traditions and teachings of Bert Hellinger. Norah Finn is also an accredited New Vistas Healthcare practitioner. She works with a holistic approach and also incorporates alternative practices and principles to meet the client’s needs.
“At Alethea Holistic and Healing Services we treat the individual. Each human being is unique. We attempt to help each soul heal in the way that is right for them, incorporating many different approaches”.