The art of meditation with Jillian Lavender
Co-Founder of London Meditation Centre Jillian Lavender introduces meditation, which she believes (and we tend to agree) is fundamental to staying energised, calm and well in the 21st century. Modern technology paired with social and professional demands can leave us stressed, anxious and mentally drained. Here, Jillian describes meditation as a tool for happiness.
Why meditation is one of the most powerful tools to stay well and happy
Jillian Lavender, Co-founder of London Meditation Clinic
We don’t need to look far to see that the pace of life is accelerating. We have to deal with more stuff – and more quickly. Technology is playing a big part in this too, with the added pressure to keep up, stay engaged and not switch off.
It’s not surprising to see people turning to techniques like meditation and mindful based practices in large numbers. As someone who has been practicing meditation every day for over 20 years and teaching it for nearly 15 years, I’ve seen a huge uplift in people’s openness to having moments in their day to pause, and push reset.
Change is the one constant in our lives and it’s not going to slow down. But we have to learn that trying to run faster, juggle tasks and commitments, or fit even more in, is not going to work in the long term. We end up straining and it takes its toll; on our mood, our emotional balance, our digestion, our skin, our sleep. You name it. When we’re operating from this place of stress it’s understandable that we feel overwhelmed, on the back foot and anxious. We end up making mistakes, feeling unwell and ageing more quickly.
This is where meditation changes things.
After just a few minutes of meditation the mind and body rest very deeply – many times deeper than sleep. When we rest in this way, we’re able to release stress and tiredness from our system. We come out of a sitting of meditation with more energy, clarity, awareness and creativity. We’re calm and yet alert at the same time. Within minutes, we are in a much better state to deal with the ever-changing demands of life. We make better decisions. More and more we find ourselves in the right place at the right time.
Change no longer overwhelms us.
It can be difficult to know where to begin with meditation. For many, trying to sit peacefully and clear the mind leads to a barrage of thoughts and can quickly become overwhelming. Perseverance is key; you are exercising your brain in an entirely new way. But much like a muscle, the brain can be trained and the more you practice, the easier it will become to meditate.
To learn more, join Jillian Lavender on 26 January as she introduces the art of modern meditation at Grace. For more information, click here.