Meditation is trendy nowadays. It's not a secret that many successful people meditate regularly, going from Oprah Winfrey, to Hugh Jackman, to the rapper 50 Cent. This is because they understand that success is a by-product of wellbeing: you need to be at your peak performance in order to thrive in business and life. But we rarely focus on the forgotten aspect of wellbeing: your mental energy.
Meditation has been described as a meta-skill, meaning that it is an ability that can be developed to improve other aspects of your life. But today I’m not going to talk about the multiple benefits of meditation (google can easily do the job for me), I would just highlight that in our hectic and infoxicated society meditation is more needed than ever.
I promote what I call meditation for rational people, where the meditations are explained and guided in a way that even non-meditators (non-spiritual people) can follow and enjoy.
The kind of meditation I practise and guide is called Dynamic Meditation, based on the Silva Method but adding my own twist. In general, the main goal of meditation is to relax completely your body and mind to reach deeper levels of consciousness. As our brains has not evolved to stop thinking, this modern meditation method consist in engaging your mind with creative visualisations to achieve a complete body & mind relaxation, and then reprogram your subconscious for your benefit.
Then, what are the barriers that people find when trying to start -or keep- a meditation habit? I see often two main blocks, which are “I don’t have time”, and “I don’t know how” (with the variation “I tried but failed”).
I don’t have time: I read recently something like “you need to sit in meditation at least 20 minutes per day, unless you are very stressed, then you need to sit in meditation for at least one hour”. This points out the general misconception to associate being busy with not having time to meditate, when it should be just the opposite. Because after investing some minutes in meditation you feel fully rested and more focus. It’s like making two working days in one!
We break this barrier with our novel Lunch Meditation project because we use the lunch break for meditation, thus you virtually don’t “waste time” at work.
I don’t know how / I tried but failed: another usual misconception is to assume that you cannot meditate because you are not able to empty your mind, you cannot sit on the lotus position, and you don’t believe in chakras. We break this block with our approach to meditation from a rational, scientific perspective. It’s good to remind that the main goal of meditation is to relax completely to reach deeper levels of consciousness. As our brains has not evolved to stop thinking, an alternative meditation method consists in engaging your mind with creative visualizations to achieve a complete body & mind relaxation. And this everyone can do!
After-work Meditation concept: during 60 minutes at your workplace we introduce some basic concepts of meditation, and then we go through a meditation exercise where we experience a deep body and mind relaxation. No extra material needed, apart from yourselves and a relatively quiet office space.
I used to organise meditation workshops regularly before the virus struck. These events are held mainly in Helsinki and Espoo, sometimes combined with yoga, somatic work, martial arts...