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How would you feel if in a few minutes every day you could relax so deeply that you dissolve away stress and fatigue?

More than ever before we are aware of the negative and accumulative effects too much stress has on our lives and loved ones. Stress impairs our ability to think clearly, feel strongly and act efficiently; it can ruin relationships.

Some psychologists have taken to calling stress the “Black Plague of the twenty-first century,” because it is a runaway condition with no obvious cure. Stress causes inflammation, weakens the immune system and is a risk factor for all kinds of serious health problems, from heart disease to depression.

Human MotivationIn “Human Motivation,” Dr. Robert Franken makes the point that stresses are not the problem: how we react to stresses is what matters and makes all the difference to our mental and physical health.

First he differentiates between good “eustress” and bad “distress.” If you jump out of an airplane because you have to, you would have distress. If you jump out for fun, you would have eustress.

The physical stress response comes in waves. The first wave, the classic initial “fight-or-flight” response, releases one set of hormones that dissipate after 10 seconds if no threat is identified. If the fight-or-flight response continues, a second set of hormones is released. It lasts 15 minutes to an hour and it is these hormones that are linked to health problems.

So if we can change our attitude to stress – letting go of anger within 10 seconds, accepting work problems as normal – we can do much to prevent the plague in our own lives. That, in turn, should reduce the tendency to spread it to those around us.

Vedic Meditation is one of the most natural stress reduction techniques available.
Once learned, you have it for life. Typically you would do two sessions a day sitting with eyes closed for 15-20 minutes. This is enough to give the mind AND body a level of rest that is deeper than sleep. This type of rest, gained through Vedic Meditation, relieves tiredness, dissolves deep rooted stress and leaves you feeling refreshed and energetic.

Like cleaning your teeth, we simply slip Vedic Meditation into our routine and enjoy the benefits. Your thinking is clearer and more dynamic, and you have more energy. You feel calmer, yet more alert and present in every experience.

Everyone experiences something slightly different as we are, after all, very unique individuals. However mostly the benefits of meditation add up to a more positive and dynamic approach to life. Work, recreation and relationships become more rewarding and life generally becomes easier.

Eliminate stress, think more clearly, reduce blood your pressure, sleep better, have more energy, slow the aging process. And these are just the side benefits of Vedic Meditation.

To give you a brief comparison to other meditation techniques (which is like comparing apples with oranges), Vedic Meditation does not require you to concentrate, or focus, on anything. Nor do you contemplate anything. Most religious meditation involves contemplation, as do mindfulness techniques – affirmation and visualization techniques also fall into this category  – phew, we do none of that.

Vedic Meditation is a powerful form of meditation that is really simple to learn and effortless to practice. It comes with no strings attached – you don’t even have to believe that it works and it will regardless, you only need to follow the simple instructions, like “close your eyes”.

In summary meditation techniques can be classified into three distinct categories, each deriving very different outcomes.

    1. Concentration: using the conscious and active level of the mind to concentrate or focus on a  object, breathing, word or sound tying to force out all thought.Concentration type techniques can help you to develop your ability to focus your attention, thereby developing your ability focus and / or concentrate more clearly in daily life. This can be very useful for studying, reading, improving memory, sports and overall concentration levels.
    2. Contemplation: as mentioned above many religious meditation techniques involve contemplation of a phrase or verse, the meaning of life etc. Interestingly, spiritual practices also use contemplation in the form of visualization and affirmations.
      For example; Mindfulness Meditation is an adaptation of Buddhist Vipassana meditation by which one learns to be mindful, “the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment.”
      Mindfulness meditation can become “a mental position for being able to separate a given experience from an associated emotion, and can facilitate a skillful or mindful response to a given situation.”  Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness_meditation Seeing things as they are begins to untangle the tangles of attachment, fear and confusion. One is able to live more from a place of joy, compassion, equanimity and wisdom.
    3. Transcendence:  Concentration  and contemplative techniques engage the active thinking level of the mind to achieve the desired goal. The goal often being about the experience or place reached while meditating and then carrying that into daily life.Transcendence techniques such as Vedic Meditation allow you to ‘transcend’ the active thinking level of the mind. Which in turn allows your mind AND body to gain a very deep level of rest, causing the release of stress, clearing the mind and many, many other benefits as mentioned elsewhere on this website.Imagine being able to transcend your worries, fears and stresses, even for just a few minutes, while simultaneously dissolving their impact on your mind and body – ah, now thats what meditation is all about, don’t you think?

 

You may now begin to understand why one cannot really compare mediation techniques, and why it may often seem unfair to do so. It is also why you find people who practice more than one technique. For example; someone might use a concentration technique to help with short term goals for sport or business and then Vedic Meditation for longer term goals of better health, reduction in aging, better sleep and so on.

If you have learnt another technique and / or have practised other techniques you may at first struggle with the effortlessness – because it really is deceptively easy. We don’t even need to ‘try’ to meditate. The technique almost works by itself, we just give it a little direction. You stay completely alert, awake and aware of what’s going on around you. You don’t black out or lose consciousnesses,  you remain in complete control to enjoy the experience and reap the rewards.

Right from day one you will see the improvements in your life. Less stress, greater happiness, improved relationships. And from then it just gets better

If you think that you are ready to learn how to meditate,
give me a call, Warwick Jones, 09 419 5380

The regular practice of Vedic Meditation, 20 minutes in the morning and early evening, significantly reduces the time taken for insomniacs to fall asleep.

I find that I am teaching more and more people these days who do not realise that they have a sleep disorder.

They have become so caught up in life that late nights and broken sleep have become the norm – many simply and mistakenly putting it down to getting old. Its just what happens with age.

And because their parents and peers seem to experience the same sleep patterns they think it is normal and acceptable.

Once the cycle of broken sleep begins its hard to stop.

The late nights and broken and / or disrupted sleep can leave a person feeling tired the next day. And because you are tired you can make poor life choices – what to eat, drink, wear, exercise. For example; when a person is tired it is often hard to tell whether or not they are hungry, let alone what or how much to eat. Therefore, they don’t eat properly, which in its self is a stress to the nervous system. They will not eat when they are hungry and eat when they are not hungry. And when they do eat they often choose food with the least preparation on their part.

Once you stop eating fresh healthy food your energy levels drop. And because you are tired and your energy levels are low one starts to take short cuts – trying to do as little as possible but as much as necessary to keep the boss, spouse etc happy. However, eventually it all catches up and the pressure begins to mount – and the ability to sleep gets harder, we wake up tired, get up later, skip breakfast because there is no time, rush to work, can’t focus or concentrate for long enough, start to rely on artificial stimulants – coffee, chocolate, sweets etc – we then start to make poor work choices – quick fixes to get rid of the problem, fixes that will probably come back with a bigger bite tomorrow. Sound familiar?

However, it does not need to be this way

Do you remember that last time that you had a good nights sleep. A night when you fell asleep reasonably quickly, sleep through the night and awoke the next morning feeling fresh, energetic and ALIVE?

The regular practice of the Vedic Meditation technique relieves deep-rooted stress from the nervous system on a direct physiological level, which means that it produces a wide range of benefits. One of these benefits is deep sleep. A quality of sleep that means that when we wake the following morning, we wake and not feel like we need to roll over and sleep for an other hour or three.

Most people comment within the first few days of learning to meditate that they are sleeping deeper, longer and waking a little earlier. Which is a great start to the day and means its not rushed. There is time for a good healthy breakfast. The mind is clear and energy levels gradually begin to rise. Life just keeps getting better. It should not be an amazing experience to get a good nights sleep, its our birthright!

Notice that I have repeated the phrase “The regular practice Vedic Meditation”. It is the repeated and regular practice that reduces stress in our nervous systems. As the stress is reduced we naturally gain more energy, clarity of mind, motivation and begin to sleep more deeply thereby waking from sleep felling refreshed.

Vedic Meditation is not some form of mind-control nor can it be called a mental discipline. It’s not concentration, a contemplation, a philosophy or even a way of life. It is a technique that is easy to learn and enjoyable to practice, and requires no special skills – anyone can do it successfully.

If you think that you are ready to learn how to meditate,
give me a call, Warwick Jones, 09 419 5380

The word “meditation” is used very loosely and inaccurately in the Western world. In our modern world where instant gratification is the norm, New Age techniques of meditation are commonly used to gain superficial levels of experience, which merely serves as a distraction from life.

Techniques in the name of mediation can include contemplation, concentration, daydreaming, visualisation, fantasizing, or letting the mind wander and indulge itself or travel into its past ruts or habitual patterns. Now don’t get me wrong here, it is not my intention to degrade these forms of meditation. My point is that each of these techniques engage the mind in activity, so it becomes about the experience.

Whereas with Vedic Meditation the goal is to experience a state beyond the mind’s levels of thinking, feeling, and analysing. It is about exploring unknown inner levels of one’s being, becoming aware of the centre of consciousness within. As a result this experience of Consciousness within we gain more clarity of mind, self esteem, self confidence, resilience, energy and inner calmness in our daily life, outside of meditation.

To do this one needs a quiet mind, a tranquil mind, no longer distracted by thoughts only then will one’s meditation deepen, and finally experience expansion of awareness, or expansion of consciousness.

This might explain why my first experience of meditation was that some techniques worked some of the time, but not every time. They involved a lot of concentration and in some cases a lot of effort. And like many people I have introduced to meditation over the past twenty years, that had previously learned other techniques, we found it was all too hard and stopped meditating.

Vedic Mediation is a Science

The practice of Vedic Meditation is an exact and precise technique for fathoming all the levels of the self and finally experiencing one’s pure consciousness within. It is not a part of any religion; it is a science, It is systematic and methodical which means that this process follows a particular sequence and guidelines and produces results that can be verified through personal experience.

An analogy I like to use to illustrate the difference between Vedic Meditation and almost all other new age techniques is this:

One does not brush one’s teeth each day for the fun, thrill or excitement of the act of cleaning the teeth. Instead the act of cleaning the teeth is about what comes after the teeth have been cleaned – clean teeth, freshness of breath and mitigation of tooth decay. Therefore one does not, normally, clean the teeth for ‘the experience’ of cleaning the teeth.

Likewise with Vedic Meditation, one does not learn and / or practice meditation for the experience of meditation. Rather it is the benefit(s) gained and experienced in daily life outside of meditation.

That is not to say the actual experience of Vedic Meditation is unpleasant or non-rewarding, its just that we don’t put a focus on it.

Vedic Meditation cannot be explained or even understood until it is experienced on a personal level, through meditation. For some people this is probably the most difficult aspect to comprehend. Therefore the art of learning Vedic Meditation is having trust in the teacher who is trained and experienced to teach this authentic technique.

As an authentic teacher of Vedic Meditation I am trained, and experienced, in selecting the appropriate Mantra for each individual, along with teaching the specific instructions for that individual on how to use their Mantra.

If you would like to learn how to mediate without involvement in any particular group or organisation, and without the need to subscribe to any religious or philosophical points of view, give me a call, 09 419 5380


During a session of Vedic Meditation the goal is to experience a state beyond the mind’s levels of thinking, feeling, and analyzing. Which is actually a lot easier to achieve than people think.

When you learn how to meditate we don’t actually need to teach you how to still the mind so that it becomes silent, this happens spontaneously. What we do teach you is how to start, and once you start, the technique naturally allows the mind to quiet itself and become still.

When the mind becomes silent and is no longer distracting us with thoughts, the meditation deepens, and we spontaneously begin to experience an expansion of consciousness.
Vedic meditation is a systematic and methodical technique. It is not a part of any religion; it is a science. Which means that this process is set, it follows a particular order and path of instruction, and produces results that can be verified.

Vedic Meditation is distinctly different from other forms of meditation, prayer and contemplation.
In prayer, one tries to establish a dialogue with ones’ God, or Higher Power, and thereby purify the way of the soul. In contemplation, one tries to use the conscious mind to examine and consider some principle or concept such as peace, truth, happiness, the meaning of life or a phase from their chosen Religious text. Then one needs to think about how to assimilate this principle in to daily life.

Likewise with concentration, affirmation and visualisation techniques each of which are deliberatly engaging the mind in activity. If one is trying to achieve an experience during meditation, if one is deliberatly engaging in mental activity then one is not practising Vedic Meditation.

The intrusive nature of the mind itself is the biggest obstacle to meditation
In Vedic meditation, the goal is to go beyond the mind and experience our essential nature — which is described as peace, happiness, and bliss. But as anyone who has tried to meditate has experienced, the intrusive nature of the mind itself is the biggest obstacle standing between ourselves and this awareness. And like trying to get to sleep, the harder you try to clear the mind / get to sleep the harder it becomes.

This is why using a Mantra is so important. Without the correct Mantra, and knowledge of how to use it, one can meditate faithfully for hours and not fully experience any benefits, despite the best of intentions.

We all know from experience that the mind is undisciplined and unruly, and it resists any attempts to discipline it or to guide it on a particular path. This is why many people sit for meditation and experience only fantasies, daydreams, or hallucinations. They never experiecne the stillness and restful aletrness that distinguishes the genuine experience of Vedic Meditation.

When you learn how to meditate you will be give a Mantra’s and some specific instructions on how to use it. This science behind Vedic Meditation is both subtle and very profound. It spontaneously creates a state in which the meditator allows the mantra to repeat itself internally in the deepest and most subtle way possible. When followed properly, this technique allows the mind to quiet itself and become still. It does not continue its normal, scattered pattern of mental activity.

New meditators often ask if any word or sound can be a mantra, and wonnder if they can select a mantra for themselves from a book or by using a word such as “peace” or “love.” Actually, the authentic mantras were not invented or developed by any person; they are sounds that were received and experienced by the great sages in states of deep meditation. Authentic mantras are not part of any particular language or religion; they are profound, precise sounds that are eternal and universal.

Therefore only an authentic and appropriate Mantra is chosen by a qualified teacher, for each individual meditator. You could say that a teacher of Vedic Meditation is much like a doctor who knows a patient’s diagnosis and the appropriate treatment for that illness.

However, even though a mantra may be authentic, if it is given to a person for whom it is not appropriate, there will likely be no benefit(s) experienced, or it may even cause problems adverse experiences. Therefore, we warn meditators not to experiment with practices found in books.

According to Wikipedia Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices (much like the term sports) that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana, etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.

A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration single-pointed analysis, meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

The word meditation carries different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity as a component of numerous religious traditions and beliefs.

Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way.

Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health issues, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. It may be done sitting, or in an active way—for instance, Buddhist monks involve awareness in their day-to-day activities as a form of mind-training. Prayer beads or other ritual objects are commonly used during meditation in order to keep track of or remind the practitioner about some aspect of the training.

Meditation may involve generating an emotional state for the purpose of analyzing that state—such as anger, hatred, etc.—or cultivating a particular mental response to various phenomena, such as compassion. The term “meditation” can refer to the state itself, as well as to practices or techniques employed to cultivate the state.

Meditation may also involve repeating a mantra and closing the eyes. The mantra is chosen based on its suitability to the individual meditator. Meditation has a calming effect and directs awareness inward until pure awareness is achieved, described as “being awake inside without being aware of anything except awareness itself.” In brief, there are dozens of specific styles of meditation practice, and many different types of activity commonly referred to as meditative practices.

Acknowledgement:
The content above is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia where you can read more on Meditation and site references to the above text.

What is Vedic Meditation

The technique which we call Vedic Meditation is as old as human-kind.’ It exists in many religious and mystical traditions throughout the world. Some people and organisations claim to have exclusive knowledge and right to the technique.

However, it is discussed in medieval terms in a 14th century English book of devotion, “The Cloud of Unknowing“. It is also described in the “Sefer Yetzirah“, a third century Hebrew book first translated into English in 1877. It is known to be part of the verbal-traditions of certain Muslim and Christian mystical orders. It was known among the monks of at least one of the Hindu religious orders.

I teach this technique in its most simplest form, without involvement in any particular religious or philosophical dogma.

If you think that you are ready to learn how to meditate,
give me a call, Warwick Jones, 09 419 5380