Meditation & Mindfulness Group

Anna offers a mixture of gently guided meditations & visualisation techniques; stress & anxiety release, grounding & centering, chakra balancing, angel meditations, nature based, crystal meditations, loving kindness, healing meditations etc. There is always an aspect of Mindfulness included in every session.

What is Meditation?       images (9)

Stated most simply, Meditation is the practice of deep concentration of the mind. Meditation has been around for thousands of years. Evidence of the practice can be found throughout history in many different religions and many different places in the world.

Although Eastern religions embraced ritual meditation long ago, meditation itself does not have to be a religious or spiritual activity. In the past three decades, the practice has gained new popularity in the West for its physical, psychological and spiritual benefits. In our stressful, fast-paced society, an increasing number of people have found a need to adopt meditation into their lives.

Meditation is a way to bring the bustling mind to stillness and tranquillity, eliminating conscious thought and offering the meditator a unique concentration and “one-pointedness of mind.” An internal balance, mental collectedness and acute awareness of the present moment are all said to be present during meditation.

While there are countless forms of meditative techniques, the two main categories that comprise these forms are concentrative meditation and mindfulness meditation.

Meditation is a simple technique, accessible to all people of the world. There are many types to choose from, so that any one person can find the form that suits him/her best. Results have shown that even as little as 5-10 minutes a day a couple of times a weeks can have profound benefits on the mind & body.

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  • Reduce stress, anxiety, anger & confusion
  • Promotes a sense of calm, peace, balance & better sleep
  • Manage pain levels & enhance your immune system
  • Increase your energy & motivation
  • Helps control unhelpful thoughts
  • Increase your blood flow & reduce your heart rate

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation that was little known in the West until recently. A typical meditation consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind and, little by little, to let go of struggling with them. You come to realise that thoughts come and go of their own accord; that you are not your thoughts. You can watch as they appear in your mind, seemingly from thin air, and watch again as they disappear, like a soap bubble bursting. You come to the profound understanding that thoughts and feelings (including negative ones) are transient. They come and they go, and ultimately, you have a choice about whether to act on them or not.

Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself. When unhappiness or stress hover overhead, rather than taking it all personally, you learn to treat them as if they were black clouds in the sky, and to observe them with friendly curiosity as they drift past. In essence, mindfulness allows you to catch negative thought patterns before they tip you into a downward spiral. It begins the process of putting you back in control of your life.

Over time, mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and wellbeing. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness not only prevents depression, but that it also positively affects the brain patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress, depression and irritability so that when they arise, they dissolve away again more easily. Other studies have shown that regular meditators see their doctors less often and spend fewer days in hospital. Memory improves, creativity increases and reaction times become faster

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