Why Meditate?

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.

  • Find Happiness

    Enjoy a happy & joyful heart every day.

  • Reduce Stress

    Experience a calm mind & reduce mental tension.

  • Improve Relationships

    Develop a warm feeling towards others & improve your love.

  • Be more positive

    Reduce painful feelings & develop a positive outlook.

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.

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.