Vedic Meditation is renowned for being easy and effortless as it doesn’t require any concentration, contemplation, focusing or imagining. Other forms of meditation often require the practitioner to either concentrate, focus, contemplate, or imagine something. These activities are known to excite the mind as opposed to relaxing the mind. The technique utilizes the natural tendency of the mind to become quiet and experience bliss. Research shows that it is more effective than other meditation and relaxation techniques in releasing stress and promoting mental and physical well-being. Where does this technique come from?
This technique originated from the Veda – the same ancient knowledge base that brought us yoga, Ayurveda and much of eastern philosophy. And like yoga, Vedic Meditation can be practiced and enjoyed by anyone, regardless of cultural or religious beliefs. So I don’t have to join or worship a particular religion in order to meditate?
No. And you don’t have to shave your head either – or wear funny clothes, change your name, sit in uncomfortable yoga positions, give away all of your possessions, be soft spoken or become a vegetarian. Whereas many meditation techniques are specifically designed by and for monks sitting in a cave, Vedic Meditation is for people engaged in the world – for people who have families, jobs, homes and things to do. How do you practice the technique?
You sit comfortably in a chair with your back fully supported and your eyes closed for about 20 minutes twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. During the meditation, your mind and body settle down into their least excited state. This phenomenon triggers a deep and profound state of restfulness. To an outside observer you will appear to be simply resting. What kind of benefits will I get from meditating?
The deep levels of rest acquired by using this technique create powerful, measurable changes in the physiology. Meditators have reported experiencing release of stress, more energy, clearer thinking, better health, and improved personal relationships. Here are some other notable benefits:
Improved memory, energy, creativity, intelligence
Relief from depression and anxiety
Relief from migraines, headaches and asthma
Relief from insomnia and other sleeping disorders
Faster reaction times
Reduced cholesterol levels
Relief from fatigue
Stronger immune system
Reduced risk of heart disease
Normalization of blood pressure
Improved sports performance
Reduction of biological aging
Reduced addictive behaviors
Normalization of weight
What if I have too many thoughts when I try to quiet my mind?
If you feel like your mind is always active, you are a perfect candidate for this technique because you don’t have to “try” to stop thinking or “try” to do anything for that matter. “Trying” is actually what excites the mind and causes thinking. Vedic Meditation is designed to effortlessly de-excite the mind in the most natural and immediate way. Once the mind de-excites, you’ll notice that thoughts spontaneously get fewer and fewer. Have these claims been proven by science?
Yes. Over 600 published scientific research studies verify and validate the benefits of Vedic Meditation in every area of an individual’s life including: mind, body, behavior and environment. How much time will it take to learn?
A basic meditation course is run over 4 consecutive days with each segment lasting approximately 90-minutes. By the end of the four days, you will be a completely self-sufficient meditator. However, a lifetime of unlimited follow-up is available to all those who complete the course. For those who prefer one-on-one instruction, private courses are also available upon request. How long will it take until I feel benefits?
Immediately – you will feel benefits from the very first time you meditate. Many people report increased energy, increased calmness and greater clarity in the first weeks, and friends and family will often notice differences as well.