What Meditation is NOT.

Blog Category: meditation techniques,Research
Blogged by: Jobst Schmalenbach
Created on: September 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm
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Some facts about meditation.

  • Meditation is some new FAD.
    No, mediation is not new age FAD. It has been done for thousands of years and has been extensively studied and found to bring specific benefits, especially reduced anxiety and depression.
  • Meditation is a religion
    No, meditation is being used by people of all sorts of religions. Religion is a belief system, meditation is to aid your mind/body health.
  • Meditation is just relaxation
    No, meditation has been shown to produce specific chemical changes in the brain. If you want to relax, go and get your mp3 player, your headphones, something to lay upon and some quiet place to be and listen to your favorite songs. Transcendental meditation, however, is known to cause the brain to release a soothing hormone known as prolactin, it is associated with positive, upbeat feelings.
  • You cannot meditate if you cannot sit in the lotus position
    No, to meditate you only have to be comfortable. Some people can do this in the lotus position, some people sit in a chair, meditation can also be practiced while walking and please refer to swimming-training-as-a-meditation. However, it should not be so comfortable that you go to sleep.
  • Everyone can do it.
    Yes and No. Meditation is a learned skill, you need to seek teaching, but once taught everyone can do it.
  • Meditation is hard work.
    Yes and No. If you start meditation and you are in a busy job, (maybe) unhealthy life style, depressed, not relaxed, stressed and have never done it before, yes it will be hard work – but that is the same with everything new, start playing hockey it is really hard to keep the ball close to the stick but after a while it is natural and other things (e.g. strategy) is hard. Same with meditation – it will be hard at first to concentrate on your breath and keep concentrated for 1 minute – but after a while this will be natural and you can aim “higher”.
  • Meditation will take years to show effects.
    This is very untrue. You will have signs after the first session but you can only know this once you have done it. So go and find yourself a teacher and get meditating – the sooner you start the sooner you will see the effects.

Happy meditating.

 

Meditation as path to happiness

Blog Category: Research,stories
Blogged by: Sue Barrett
Created on: December 27, 2007 at 9:22 pm
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Season’s greetings to you and your families.

As a way to bring in the new year we thought we would focus on  “Meditation as path to happiness’ as one of our final pieces for 2007.  There is also an increasing body of scientific research showing definite links and health benefits on all levels to meditation and mindfulness.

Some of you may not be aware but my university education is in science, studying biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and immunology. This background combined with my life long participation in sport and my love of yoga and meditation has kept me looking out for the work that links them all together and show the links between mind body and spirit.

Top performing people in many occupations are often extremely self-aware and other-aware. Many participate in forms of reflection and meditative practice to assist them in remaining effective in their day-to-day work and dealings with self and others. With that in mind, as another year comes to an end, it is often an opportunity to take time to reflect on the year that was and our role in it.

With all that we do it is so easy to become caught up in the relentless pursuit of meeting deadlines, pursuing goals and just keeping everything on track, personally and professionally. With all this activity we may put ourselves at risk of missing the wonderful opportunities to reflect on what we have learned and what we already have to be grateful for in our lives.

I have personally been reflecting on the on the 13 years I have been in my own business. From those early days to now has been quite some journey. I began this business on 9 January 1995 with the intention of working with the whole person to develop their potential to engage in productive work relationships in concert with a bigger picture. Our aim has always been to help people grow and gain mastery through greater self-awareness, understanding, mindfulness and purposeful action. In doing this work, we too, have learned much, received many insights and found much to be grateful for along the way. I have been wanting to speak publicly for a long time about mindfulness and meditation, however back 13 years ago mindfulness, meditation and self-awareness were not mainstream topics for discussion in business. The good news is, that in more recent times, these practices are taking the main stage. Unlike some new age ideas in the market today, people are realising these practices are not fads, they are life long skills which allow for mastery in many areas, including sales. People are now recognising that using Mindfulness and Meditation helps them be more effective, creative and relaxed at work, home and in the community.

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With that I would like to introduce you to some of the current work being done in this area. Meditation as path to Happiness (PDF) is paper written and presented by Dr. Craig Hassed at the 2006 Happiness and its Causes conference www.happinessanditscauses.com.au. Dr Craig Hassed was trained in medicine at Melbourne University and graduated in 1984. His interest in a holistic approach led him to focus on wellbeing rather than simply treating illness. This led him to focus upon counselling, mind-body medicine and meditation. In 1988 Craig decided to make a contribution to bridging these missing links in medical education through joining the Monash University Department of Community Medicine and General Practice. I would like to thank him for giving us permission to publish this article and bring his work to your attention. Topics include:

  • The stress response and its effects on the mind, brain and body
  • Mental health today
  • The importance of attention
  • The search for happiness
  • Meditation, healing and happiness
  • Mindfulness meditation

Happy New Year & Best WishesWarmest regards

Sue & Jobst