Meditation draws on a variety of techniques – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity to improve awareness, and achieve mental and emotional stability.

The mind is divided into 3 core categories: the conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind. We spend most of our time in the conscious mind. Occasionally something from the subconscious mind will come forward, but usually accessing this part of the mind requires meditation.

Meditation practices are an excellent method of confronting the complexes, phobias and conflicts which are often hidden in the subconscious mind.

Meditation not only provides an opportunity to gain a better understanding of “self”, but provides an opportunity to release oneself from past stress, trauma and events that continue to influence our daily behaviour. Each person becomes their own psychoanalyst.

As one uses meditation to identify “blockages” in their life, they then have the opportunity to transform towards integration and happiness. The culmination of meditation is self-realisation.

For many people with busy lives, switching off from the sympathetic nervous system can prove quite challenging. This in turn continues to drive stress hormones, can influence sleep and quality of life. Stress hormones also hinder the production of reproductive and fertility hormones.

Meditation provides many benefits including lowering the heart rate, respiratory rate and allows the practitioner to enter the parasympathetic nervous system—the ‘rest and digest’ component of the nervous system.

Although not a religious practice in itself, meditation also provides an opportunity to access higher realms.

Meditation does not necessarily require you to sit quietly with the eyes closed either.

There are a variety of guided meditations for different purposes, including developing better sleep, moving energy throughout the body, connecting with your higher self, providing physical or emotional healing, or even communion with your God/Goddess.

Meditation can be practiced lying down, seated, eyes closed, eyes open, walking, or being still.