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Meditation

Meditation is an essential daily practice for humanity. Its aim is not to create a new spiritual man or woman, but to bring our agitating mind to stillness so that we may have available all that glory of the spiritual world which is otherwise lost.

Meditation has been prescribed by the wise for millennia. Practical wisdom requires knowledge and energy, both of which are available in deep rest. Just as resting in bed at night is essential for one’s physical well-being, so the profound rest available in meditation is essential for the well-being of the mind and heart.

Studies of traditional meditation techniques have shown that sustained practice develops self-awareness, resilience, social intuition, sensitivity and attention-control; it speeds up the brain’s capacity for sensory processing, strengthens memory and improves decision making.

Scientific evidence about the physiological, mental and emotional benefits of meditation speaks for itself. Once limited to the clinical treatment of anxiety and stress, meditation is now applied to the fields of neuroplasticity, emotional intelligence, elite sports performance and leadership training.

With the profound rest and total immobility of deep meditation, the human spirit flourishes. Efficiency increases. Creativity flows. Mindfulness and compassion grow.

System of Meditation

The School offers a system of mantra meditation that has been tried and tested for millennia. Practice consists in allowing the gentle repetition to oneself of a one-syllable sound and bringing the attention back to that sound whenever it is taken away by distractions.

The practice of meditation starts with the physical body still, balanced and upright. As the practice proceeds, the breathing naturally slows down, the senses withdraw and gradually the mind becomes deeply still. Now the mantra takes one to the still centre of oneself.

In its simplicity, the practice of meditation is nothing more than sitting and listening.