Three ways to learn to meditate

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In terms of popularity, meditation is catching up with yoga. In fact, they belong to the same tradition. Yoga is a Sanskrit word that refers to the yoking together of the body and the mind.

I find that the most effective meditation techniques are silent. Here’s a quick guide to three of the most popular ones, so you can discover which suits you best:

Mindfulness

According to my friend Shamash Alidina, author of Mindfulness for Dummies, this technique has four aspects: being present, acceptance, curiosity and compassion. You can experience being present right now by downloading your free excerpt from http://changefromwithin.net : Being Present Will Change Your Life.

Mantra meditation

Mantra is another Sanskrit term meaning mind instrument. It enables us to go beyond – or transcend – ordinary consciousness, hence the term Transcendental Meditation. TM is deeply restful. Creative ideas and solutions to problems often appear spontaneously. It can also reduce jet lag and blood pressure. You can learn it at http://uk.tm.org/ and http://meditationtrust.com

Silent Sufi meditation

In silent Sufi meditation we move our attention away from the intellect/ego and towards the heart. Although this is a spiritual practice, many who have learned it have experienced physical effects in the early stages. You can learn it free of charge at http://schoolofsufiteaching.org

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Introduction to silent Sufi meditation

Here’s a short video we made 10 days ago in Fez, Morroco:

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Open your heart through meditation

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There are many forms of meditation.  I find the silent ones work best for me, whether it’s mindfulness, Transcendental Meditation or simply being present from one moment to the next.

Have you ever been told that you need to ‘open your heart’?  I have.  Fortunately, the Sufis have developed a practical way of doing so which fits in with modern life.  Sufism is the mystical aspect of Islam, but you don’t have to be a Muslim to learn their practices and benefit from them.  Recently I’ve been learning a silent meditation at the School of Sufi Teaching.

The School teaches free of charge at various locations throughout the UK.  In London the classes take place at the Quaker Meeting House (see above) near Old Street roundabout, the centre of what is sometimes described as ‘Tech City’. The School has sister organisations in other countries.

Here’s the link, so you can discover silent Sufi meditation for yourself: http://www.schoolofsufiteaching.org 

 

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Norman Rosenthal’s talk in London

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Many thanks to everyone who made this evening’s event such a success! From left to right: Andre Berry, Mirela Sula and Dr Norman Rosenthal, author of ‘Transcendence’ and ‘The Gift of Adversity’. It has been a pleasure spending time with Norman this weekend and learning from him.

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How meditation can change your life (part 1)

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Greetings from San Diego, California

A couple of weeks ago I visited some friends in San Diego.  We made this short video, which provides a brief introduction to the new book.

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