Frequently asked questions
What is Vedic Meditation?
Vedic Meditation is derived from the Veda, the 5,000 year-old body of wisdom and the source of meditation, yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and Eastern philosophy. It is an ancient mantra-based meditation technique that is easy and simple to learn. The mind quickly and effortlessly calms and settles while the body rests very deeply. This natural technique immediately delivers benefits such as deep rest, a quieter mind, an increase in energy and a feeling of contentment.
How is it different from other types of meditation?
Anyone can do it. If you have tried other forms of meditation but they haven’t worked for you, you will find Vedic Meditation easier and more effective. Vedic Meditation is unique and stands apart from other forms of meditation and relaxation because of its simplicity and effectiveness. Other styles of meditation may involve concentration (focusing the mind through effort), visualisation or contemplation (continuous thoughts about something) — all of which keep the mind at work. As a result of regular practice you will consequently feel more aware and present in the moment.
Is there a connection with Transcendental Meditation™?
Anthony teaches Vedic Meditation. He was trained by Jillian Lavender and Michael Miller, who in turn were taught by Thom Knoles. Thom trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation™ with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He then taught for over 25 years with groups affiliated with Maharishi. Thom now teaches independently of the Transcendental Meditation™ organisations. He continues to teach meditation as he learned from Maharishi. Anthony teaches in just the same way.
Anthony Thompson is an independent teacher of Vedic Meditation™. He is not affiliated with the Transcendental Meditation™ organisations. Services, processes and programs may differ.
Is there any scientific research on meditation?
Many studies on meditation are carried out annually and they show that meditation is highly beneficial and effective. Improved physical and mental health, memory and relationships are frequently cited as key benefits.
Do I have to change my religious or personal beliefs?
No. This technique is suitable for anyone, regardless of race or religion. We use Vedic Meditation as a straightforward non-religious based meditation technique — it’s a highly effective tool to help you deal with the challenges of modern life.
How long do Introductory Talks last?
Approximately one hour, including time for questions, which you are encouraged to ask.
Can I bring a friend along with me?
Everyone is welcome but there are limited places available, so if you wish to bring a friend along, please ensure you both register here.
Will I have to sit cross-legged and chant?
No. Once you have been taught to meditate on the Course you practice in silence, sitting in a comfortable chair with your eyes closed and your back supported. You will not be meditating in the Introductory Talk.
What will I learn during the Introductory Talk?
You will discover what Vedic Meditation is all about: its technique and origins, how to cultivate a meditation practice through the structured Course, the many benefits that come from regular practice, the science that backs it up and the reasons how and why we get stressed and how meditation can ease that stress. You will not be taught how to meditate in this session — that comes after you have signed up for a Course.
How is the Course structured?
There are four sessions over four consecutive days. Each session is two hours long. Group Courses are generally Friday to Monday, and sometimes mid week. Private Courses are also four consecutive days and are arranged at a mutually convenient time
How much does it cost to learn?
Fees follow a sliding scale based on your circumstances and salary, putting the Course within reach of everyone. This will be fully explained in the Introductory Talk. This tradition values the intent of the student. A meaningful commitment of your time and resources to learn Vedic Meditation demonstrates your appreciation of this valuable meditation technique.
What kind of support and follow-up do I get after I have learned?
I believe support is an important and essential part of what I offer to all students. The course fee gives you continuous life-long support and access to my expert advice. I stay in touch with students through email, social media, and newsletters. Once you have been taught to meditate you can come to regular Group Meetings that ensure you stay on track with your practice and give you the opportunity meet up with like-minded people. Group Meetings are free and do not have to be booked but it helps to know who is coming if you register.
Do I need a special room to meditate in?
No. One of the many benefits of Vedic Meditation is that you become totally self-sufficient and can practice your meditation anywhere you can sit comfortably and undisturbed. It is totally portable and can be done anywhere such as at home, at work, on public transport, in planes, in a park or a coffee shop.
Where are you based?
Introductory Talks and Courses are held in Notting Hill. The address and all details are given when you sign up.
When will I feel the benefits?
Straightaway. You are taught to meditate on the first day of the Course. Many people notice some immediate benefits such as greater calmness, better sleep and more energy, and often family and friends will notice these changes too. You will be shown how to recognise these changes and keep track of them.
Will I lose some sharpness and become too relaxed?
No. Meditators find there is an increase in energy, focus, and perspective. They can easily prioritise, detect subtleties and make good decisions.
Will Vedic Meditation work for me?
Yes. Vedic Meditation uniquely offers a comprehensive and easily learnt, well-structured Course. It is a completely natural and simple technique that anyone can learn. No specific skills are needed and you don't have to change your lifestyle. Unlike other meditation or mindfulness techniques that you may have tried, Vedic Meditation is a simple, effective technique and you also receive ongoing support on your meditation journey.
How do I fit this into my life?
On the Course you are given lots of tips on how easy it is to find the time to meditate every day. Meditation makes you more efficient and that in turn creates time for you to meditate.
I have an active mind - will I be able to do this?
Yes. In Vedic Meditation thoughts are considered a natural part of your meditation. You will be taught how to use a mantra, which is a sound, which guides the mind to ever more quieter levels, and thoughts will then gently disappear.
Will it take years for me to master?
No. You will be taught carefully and correctly to meditate on your own and by the last day of the Course you will have the confidence and technique to meditate successfully at home or anywhere else. The simplicity and ease of this technique can sometimes be undermined by doubts driven by the mind wanting to rationalise and question what you have learnt which is another reason for staying in touch and coming to Group Meetings. Ongoing life-long support is always there to help you out.
Will I be expected to give up alcohol and become a vegetarian?
No. You don't have to change your life to learn or practice Vedic Meditation, but don't be surprised if after a while some detrimental habits may start to lose their attraction.
Am I going to have to discuss personal matters in front of others?
No. The Course will include discussions about what you are being taught and the effects you are noticing. You can discuss your personal concerns with me in private if you’d like to.
Is there anyone this doesn't work for?
No. An open and curious mind together with a willingness to follow simple instructions is all you need.