You don’t have to meditate for a long time each day to experience the benefits of meditation. 5, 10 or 15 minutes of meditation is enough to calm your mind, improve your mental clarity, reduce feelings of stress and tension and give you perspective on your life. By meditating daily over a period of time you can improve your relationships, develop a balanced and happy mind all the time and uproot the negative minds that are the cause of your problems.
The Benefits of Meditation
Meditation enables us to develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the time. If our mind is peaceful all the time we will be happy all the time.
Enjoy a happy & joyful heart every day.
Experience a calm mind & reduce mental tension.
Develop a warm feeling towards others & improve your love.
Be More Positive
Reduce painful feelings & develop a positive outlook.
Improve your sense of physical & mental wellbeing.
Advantages of a Daily Practice
The best way to understand the benefits of meditation is to experience them for yourself.
What to do Next
Join a weekly meditation class to get the most out of your meditation experience.
Although you may have heard of the benefits of meditation and feel inspired to try it, you may still find it difficult to meditate on your own at home. Weekly meditation classes give you the tools and confidence you need to keep your meditation practice alive and to put your daily problems into perspective. The combination of meditating in a group and receiving the support of a qualified teacher enable you to establish an authentic meditation practice that will grow and improve over time.
Learn More About Meditation
Explore the world of meditation in more depth and transform your life.
Meditation: Getting Started or Back to Basics
At this time of uncertainty, with the spread of the Covid-19 virus, many people are looking at different ways of dealing with stress and negative thoughts, especially during the long periods of self-isolation. One way that is guaranteed to reduce both stress and anxiety is meditation. Based on the works of the internationally renowned meditation master, teacher and author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Tharpa has collected some resources that will help you to establish a meditation practice. You will learn timeless methods for dealing with difficult challenges, which you can bring into your daily life, now and after the pandemic is over.
FAQ About Meditation
If you attend a drop-in class our experienced meditation teachers will be happy to help you with any questions that you may have. Please find answers to our most commonly asked questions below.
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There is no set time of the day that is better for meditation as it depends upon the individual. Some people find that they have a clearer mind at the start of the day and prefer meditating in the morning. Others prefer to meditate in the evening to unwind after their day, but you can also meditate at any point throughout the day. Once we find a time of day that is best for us it is useful to have a routine of trying to meditate at the same time each day. This will help to keep our meditation practice regular and consistent.
We do not have to meditate for a long period of time each day to experience its benefits. Just by doing meditation for 10-15 minutes each day we will be able to reduce feelings of stress and tension, cultivate positive states of mind and overcome negative ones.
Sitting with our legs crossed in meditation is a traditional posture that helps to keep our mind focused during our meditation session but it is not necessary to sit cross-legged on the floor. You can do your meditation practice sitting in a chair. The most important feature of the meditation posture is to make our back straight but not tense. Keeping our back straight will prevent our mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy.
No. We should always be focusing on something in meditation, this is called our object of meditation. We can prepare our mind for meditation by focusing on a neutral object such as the breath but actual meditation involves focusing on and familiarising our mind with a virtuous object, for example love or compassion. By familiarising our mind with these objects inside meditation we will be able to keep a positive and happy mind outside of meditation more easily, and we will notice over a period of time that our mind starts to change on a deeper level.
Because meditation is a training of the mind it is better to remove external distractions, such as music so that we are able to focus more clearly on the inner development of transforming and changing our mind.
Getting our mind completely still and distraction-free requires practise, patience and familiarity. It is very common for distractions to arise in meditation. During the meditation session we can practise reducing mental busy-ness by returning our mind back to our main object of meditation whenever we notice it has become distracted. Outside of meditation we can train in reducing our daily distractions so that when we sit down to meditate we notice that our mind is naturally more calm and clear.
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