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What is Meditation?
Meditation is the act of giving your attention to only one thing.
Where should I meditate?
It is possible to meditate virtually anywhere, most people require a quiet space where they will be uninterrupted, inside or outside.
What will I need?
Nothing apart from time and a comfortable, peaceful, safe place. If you feel inclined you can use music, candles, chocolate (for afterwards) or anything which helps you to relax, but these are optional.
What if I can’t do it? Or have never meditated before?
Don’t worry. Everyone goes at their own pace. Sometimes it can be difficult to relax and let go. It may take more than one try to create that space in your mind. So practice, practice… it will be worth it.
Mindful Life Journeys take you on a personal journey and you are guided through your meditation from start to finish in a safe way. You do not need to be an expert, just you!
How often should I meditate?
Whenever you feel the need. There is no maximum or minimum number of hours required. However, as with all things there should be balance between your meditation practices and day to day life. Once a day is sufficient for most people.
How will I know when I am meditating correctly?
When you realise that afterwards you were in a space where nothing else other than where you were on your guided meditation entered your mind.
What if I feel emotional?
It is normal to experience and release the whole range of emotions from tears to laughter and from joy to peace. These releases are all part of bringing balance to the mind.
Where do the Mindful Life Journeys come from?
Mindful Life Journeys are unscripted, inspired and original creations unique to Maureen. Maureen starts the journey and it develops as it goes along, to wherever with whoever and whatever joins in the adventure. Maureen is always amazed and excited about where her mind leads her.
What if I don't feel fully grounded again at the end of a meditation?
Mindful Life Journeys meditations guide you through a detailed grounding process at the beginning and end of every meditation, however, if you still feel like you need more, you can choose from a number of tools such as walking outside in bare feet, jumping on grass with bare feet is great or Maureen has found eating chocolate is good grounding for her.
What is the difference between meditation and hypnosis?
Hypnosis is the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action. In meditation a person retains free will.
Is there anywhere where i should not meditate?
Certainly NOT in water e.g. bath or swimming pool, whilst in control of a vehicle or anywhere where not being aware of your surroundings could put you in danger and not whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
How do I meditate?
There are no right or wrong ways to meditate. Most people choose to sit or lay in a comfortable position, with their feet on the floor and their hands either on their lap or by their side.
Your attention needs to be focused either on Maureen’s voice or your breath, if you notice your mind wandering just bring your focus back to Maureen’s voice or your breath.
You may have to bring your focus back many times in one meditation; that is completely normal and gets less with practice.
What if I notice my mind is full of thoughts, feelings and emotions that won’t go away?
Then congratulations! You have completed a successful meditation. The purpose of the practice is to be aware of your thoughts, feelings and emotions. It is unlikely and unrealistic to expect that you will completely clear your mind all of the time.
How will I feel when I am meditating?
There is no right or wrong feelings whilst meditating, everyone’s experience is different and can vary from mediation to meditation. It is normal to feel hot, cold, light, heavy, emotional, tingly or see colours. You may feel emotional, it is normal to experience and release the whole range of emotions from tears to laughter and from joy to peace. These releases are all part of bringing balance to the mind. If you feel uncomfortable just bring yourself out of the meditation.
What are Mindful Life Journeys?
They are unique meditations created to take you on a journey of wonder, release and awe, to experience memories, reconnections and present potential possibilities, where you are part of the journey and fully in control at all times.
How do I choose which mediation to do?
Whatever meditation you choose will be right for you at that time and will depend on your need state. You are free to choose as you see fit. There is no right or wrong choice.
Where can I find research data on the effects of Mindfulness in Schools?
You can search the internet to find many studies suggesting that Mindfulness in Schools has a positive effect on students. Below are two which you may find of interest.
The All Party Parliamentary Group produced a report called “Mindful Nation”
The Kuyen Mindfulness Feasibility Study
Have I failed if my mind doesn’t follow the journey?
No. There is no right or wrong. Wherever your mind takes you is right for you. Your mind may tell you what is in it is wrong, nothing is wrong, the aim is to just go with the flow.
What are the benefits of meditation?
Meditation creates space in the mind for what you need to enter. This could include calmness, clarity, peace, relaxation, inspiration, creativity, answers to questions and much more…
Is there anyone mediation is not suitable for?
There have been rare reports where people with certain psychiatric problems such as anxiety and depression have experienced worsening conditions in conjunction with intensive meditation practice. People with existing mental health conditions should seek advice from healthcare professionals before starting a meditation practice.
How long will it take me to learn to meditate?
It is a myth that meditation is difficult and takes a long time to learn. It is simply focusing your attention on one thing. Even if all you can manage is one second you have learnt the technique, but it does take practice to extend your focus for longer periods of time and to be able to just “be with” your thoughts, feelings and emotions, to notice them in a non-judgemental way and to let them go.
Have I failed if my mind has thoughts, feelings and emotions that won’t go away?
No. It’s a success to notice how full your mind is and what it is full of. The aim is to just notice and “be with” your thoughts, feelings and emotions in a detached, non judgemental way.
How long should I meditate for?
For as long as you feel the need for and time allows. It is not necessarily the length of time but the quality of focus that brings most benefit.
Can I do a meditation more than once?
Certainly, if it feels right for you. It’s like reading a good book or listening to your favourite music if you enjoy it why not!
Are the mediations religious?
No. Whilst meditation is based in spiritual practice, Mindful Life Journeys meditations are not based in or on any religion.
What is the sound at the beginning and end of a meditation?
The sound at the beginning of the meditation is Maureen playing her Tibetan singing bowl.
Where can I find research data on effects if Mindfulness in Later Years?
You can search the internet or find many studies suggesting there are benefits associated with reducing the decline of cognitive function. Below are links to two studies you may find of interest.