What to Expect from an Introductory Talk on Vedic Meditation
I’m naturally curious and interested in many things and in London, where we are blessed with numerous organisations which offer a massive variety of talks and events, there are many opportunities to learn and expand one’s knowledge about all sorts of topics.
As an intrigued schoolboy, I was taught to meditate over 47 years ago and I will teach you exactly the same technique that I have used, twice daily, for all that time. The benefits I have received from Vedic Meditation over the years are numerous and have helped me through times of extreme stress, such as being made redundant and going through a divorce. They have also helped me keep a clear mind and manage my work-life balance whilst working for an international auction house and subsequently setting up two businesses.
The Introductory Talks, which are relaxed and highly informative, are given by me, in my private home in Notting Hill. You don’t have to wear anything special, just be comfortable and inquisitive. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have and to learn more about Vedic Meditation, the oldest meditation technique around; a technique which has been ‘hiding in plain sight’ for years.
Some attendees may have experienced different types of meditation before, such as a Buddhist technique like Zen or Vipassna, or a Chinese technique like Qi Gong, or a yoga-based technique such as Kundalini or Kria. Others might have had some experience of a mindfulness app. like Headspace or Calm, and there are many attendees who have not tried anything but have heard about meditation and want to find out more. You are welcome whatever your level of experience and understanding of meditation — this is an opportunity to discover what Vedic Meditation is all about.
Over an hour, in the company of no more than ten others, I cover the background and history of Vedic Meditation, talking about how it has been, and continues to be, practiced by millions around the world. One of the most remarkable features of Vedic Meditation is that from the very beginning, when it was put together in the Indus Valley in northern India over 5000 years ago, it was devised for people who, at the time, were called ‘householders’ — people like you and I who have jobs, families, relationships and are integrated with life. This is not a monastic or religious practice.
There is also a wealth of scientific material and research into the effects of meditation on the body and brain. Some of these benefits are discussed together with the importance of sleep and its relationship with meditation.
There is no need to take notes, unless you want to, as I give a hand-out at the end which covers salient points.
Many people have the misconception that meditation is difficult to learn and do, that it takes years to master and you have to sit in a demanding pose. With Vedic Meditation this is far from true. It was designed to be easy to learn and effortlessly simple to practice.
Unlike all other meditation techniques, which are either based on contemplation or concentration, Vedic Meditation is completely natural. By that I mean, no effort is required: we do not try to meditate, but rather let whatever arises in the 20 minutes be dealt with in an easygoing and nonchalant way. This means that any thoughts which come to mind are neither banished nor encouraged — we see these as an important indication of stress release, which is best within our meditation rather than when we have our eyes open.
If you like what you hear and want to take the Course on Vedic Meditation, you can sign-up at any time after the talk — there is no obligation, though. The Course, taught over four consecutive days with each session lasting 90 minutes, will show you how to meditate twice a day, sitting easily in a chair with your eyes closed for 20 minutes. At the end, you will be a totally self-sufficient and competent meditator, and you will do this in the knowledge that you have my availability to support you at ANY time. To be able to offer this support is very important to me because I never had it when I first started, as an intrigued schoolboy, and it would have been helpful.
The benefits from Vedic Meditation are numerous, and include a massive decrease in stress and anxiety together with a boost in energy and creativity, as well as better, nourishing sleep. In the early days of learning Vedic Meditation almost everyone experiences these benefits and others too, such as clearer thinking and improved relationships. Frankly, anyone over the age of ten can do this, and it will work for you. The only qualification is that you want to learn.