Other styles of meditation involve concentration (focusing the mind through effort) or contemplation (ongoing thoughts about something). Both keep the mind active.
Vedic Meditation is different. In this technique you learn how to quickly and effortlessly settle down the mind to its least excited state. When the mind is in this super-subtle state, the brain functioning is optimised and the body rests very deeply.
In our view, mindfulness is not a practice, it is an outcome of meditation. To be mindful is to be aware in the present moment.
Mindfulness involves effort. You’re thinking about and concentrating on being in the present moment. Thinking and concentrating use effort, and are exhausting. You’re trying to create an outcome of being present.
Vedic Meditation is easy. You close your eyes and repeat a mantra. Your mind settles down to its least-excited state and your body rests deeply. You automatically release stress and tiredness.
Having engaged in the process of meditation, you then experience the outcome of being aware and present to the moment.
A lot. Every year more studies come out saying how good meditation is for you, including benefits to health, emotional state, memory and relationships. For an overview and some recent articles see the page on Vedic Meditation.
We teach Vedic Meditation, the form of meditation that our teacher, Thom Knoles, taught for over 25 years within the Transcendental Meditation organisations. TM has been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies showing a wide range of benefits from regular practise. (These studies refer to this form of meditation using the name “Transcendental Meditation” or “TM”.)
We work on the fundamental principle that you get from meditation what you put into it. This means you make a meaningful commitment of your time and your resources to learn this ancient knowledge. Your willingness to meet this commitment indicates your understanding of that value.
The course fee is on a sliding scale according to your circumstances. You can pay in instalments over ten months. We also have special rates for young students and those on government support. We’ll explain all this in detail when you come to the Introductory Talk.
Once you’ve learned from us, you can come to group meditations for free. These usually happen 2-3 times each month. Come as often as you like and for as long as you like. (We have students who have been coming to these sessions for a decade or more.) Group meditations are broadcast as video conferences, so if you can’t be in the room, you can log in from wherever you are.
You will also receive the Meditator’s Map support programme. This is a weekly email with tips, reminders, and short videos. You can see the first of these messages here.
We also stay in touch by email and social media. You’ll get regular newsletters from us and you can check out our Blog.
This is a question we hear at nearly every Introductory Talk. The short answer is “No”. If you can think, you can meditate. You simply need to be open, curious and willing to follow some simple instructions.
We’ve taught thousands of people who find the time to meditate every day. We’ve got lots of tips about how to fit this in to very busy lives. And when you’re less anxious and more focused you start to gain time and get stuff done. Including meditation.
The Veda is the umbrella body of knowledge from ancient India. It’s the source of meditation, yoga, Ayurveda and all Eastern philosophy. So Vedic Meditation has that culture reference point. Yet, the practice itself is a simple mental technique, free of dogma or belief.
We’ve taught people from all the world’s major religions—there is no conflict.