What is Meditation?

Meditation is all about developing a calm but alert state of mind where the body is relaxed and the mind is focused.


Meditation is the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, non-judgementally using a number of techniques to ground us in the present moment. When we are present, living fully in each moment, our minds are liberated from thoughts about the past or the future.

On average we have approximately 60,000 thoughts per day. Through regular meditation practice, you can learn to train your mind to slow down your thought patterns.

  Realise deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make NOW the primary focus of your life.   - Eckhart Tolle

Mindfulness practices were inspired mainly by teachings from the Eastern World, particularly from Buddhist traditions. In 1979, researcher and author Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts to treat the chronically ill. This program sparked the application of mindfulness ideas and practices in medicine for the treatment of a variety of conditions in both healthy and unhealthy people.

  From the perspective of meditation, every state is a special state, every moment a special moment.   - John Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is a simple concept based on an appreciation of living life in the present moment, non-judgmentally. It nurtures greater awareness, appreciation, clarity and acceptance of present moment reality. The practice is based on being mindful of ourselves and our daily activities eg. eating, walking, our natural environment and other people.

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