Meditation - fine for you, but for me? unlikely
Something I hear frequently is that meditation "won’t work for me". I get it. It’s hard to imagine how closing your eyes for 20 minutes while practicing a mental technique would solve problems like insomnia, anxiety, sense of overwhelm, etcetera.
Just this week, someone told me “no amount of meditation will help me get on a plane and fly without freaking out. No amount of meditation will prevent me from taking sleeping pills".
It would be ridiculous for me to say meditation works for everyone. The truth is I don’t know for sure that meditation will work for you.
But what I can say is that I’ve never seen the technique I teach, Vedic Meditation, not work for someone who practices it consistently 20 minutes twice daily. And the effectiveness of meditation is backed by science. A 2015 study by Harvard Medical School shows that within just eight weeks, the brain of meditators begins to change. I'll go into this further in another post, but briefly, brain scans of new meditators show the amygdala shrinks and the pre frontal cortex grows within two months. This is good if you want to be calmer, sharper and smarter.
Some people don't have to wait eight weeks to feel Vedic Meditation's impact. Some see results within days.
Take, for example, journalist Sarah McVeigh, whom I taught last week. At the end of the four-session course she was posting on Instagram about her experience:
There are many different types of meditation. In my experience of practising for ten years and teaching for four, Vedic Meditation is highly effective and easy to learn.
I run a four-session course where you receive the following:
1. Face-to-face classes with a trained teacher
2. Guidance in effective meditation technique
3. Four consecutive sessions which help integrate a life-long practice
4. On-going support through regular, free group meditation classes so you can check your technique and further cement your practice.