23/3/20 UPDATE : WE’RE ON PAUSE
Today the Aberfoyle Community Centre closed its doors, meaning I’m not able to bring you a face-to-face Mindful Meditation class presently. I’m working hard to provide a digital offering – regular attendees have been contacted and watch this space! Sending so much love to all during this time, and beyond xx Elizabeth xx
Every TUESDAY 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start – 9pm finish : Aberfoyle Community Centre, 1 Jessica St, Aberfoyle Park 5159, Adelaide
Re-balance Mind, Body and Soul as you’re gently guided on a meditation journey. Enter a state of deep peace and calmness. No prior experience needed – all are welcome.
Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve health and well-being in a warm and welcoming space.
Meditation is a state of thoughtful awareness, and being mindful simply means being conscious and present in the here and NOW moment.
Each week we’ll explore different relaxing guided journeys which will help you build a deep connection with places of resonance that you can visit yourself at any time. Greatly supportive for anyone who suffers anxiety, high stress levels, insomnia and more.
Some benefits of meditating regularly include :
• Improved memory and concentration.
• Improved sleep.
• Reduced stress and anxiety.
• It encourages a healthy lifestyle.
• Increased self-awareness.
• Increased happiness.
• Increased acceptance.
• The practice benefits cardiovascular, immune and digestive health.
People have been meditating in different cultures throughout the world for thousands of years. These days meditation is not just for the spiritual. There’s growing evidence it can be a potent tool to enhance your health and well-being, and meditation techniques have been incorporated into a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches.
Elizabeth has been facilitating Mindful Meditation classes since 2012. Sessions include body relaxation techniques and simple breathing exercises before you are gently guided on a meditation journey. Crystals are available and most sessions involve colour visualisations and chakra balance.
Exchange : $15 pay as you go. $60 for a 5-session discount card – attend at your own pace. Concession card holders $12 pay as you go.
When and where :
Cancellation of a session will only be under unforeseen emergency circumstances or illness – a notification will be posted on the Lotus Star : Embrace Life Facebook page and regular attendees will be contacted.
Please bring along a bottle of water and pillow/yoga mat/blanket – anything to make yourself comfortable lying down. Loose, comfortable clothing advisable. There are chairs available if you’d prefer to sit.
Bookings are essential : to Elizabeth on 0474 197707 or via the online enquiry form – A discounted block booking card can be purchased online via the link below.
What others have kindly said :
‘I went to Elizabeth’s meditation class for the first time this week and it was truly wonderful. I have been feeling amazingly calm and connected even days later. Highly recommend!’
‘I just wanted to thank you for last nights meditation session, as a newbie I didn’t know quite what to expect. It was a lovely relaxing and comfortable experience, I had the best nights sleep too, usually it takes me a least an hour to get off to sleep, not last night….slept like a baby! I am so looking forward to future journeys….once again thank you.’
‘I’m really looking forward to the next session. It was so lovely meeting you and the space created by your circle is just so beautiful. Things have shifted for me in so many ways.’
‘It was lovely thank you.’
‘Thank you for your ongoing love and support.’
‘Fantastic meditation today…..thank you.’
‘This lovely lady, who is an awesome meditation teacher and much more, is now offering classes during the day. Highly recommend this to anyone who just needs to wind down.’
‘If you’re free there would be no better way to spend your time.’
‘I love Elizabeth’s meditation sessions. Highly recommended.’
‘My head’s in the clouds. So relaxed. I did power nap in your class. You’ve got the touch!’
‘Thank you again Elizabeth. Much needed and has taught me to get my life balanced also.’
‘Thank you Elizabeth. So relaxed when I left – like on cloud nine. Much appreciated.’
‘Elizabeth James you are a master at what you do. Thank you I feel Amazing!’
Anyone can meditate and it may surprise you to know that you most likely already meditate on a regular basis! Read on…
What is Mindful Meditation?
Meditation is a state of thoughtful awareness : whatever you do with awareness is meditation. Watching your breath is meditation; sitting in nature and listening to the birds is meditation; creating art is meditation. As long as these activities are free from any other distraction to the mind, it is an effective form of meditating. Being mindful simply means being fully conscious and fully present in the NOW moment.
The word meditation, is derived from two Latin words : meditari (to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the mind) and mederi (to heal). Its Sanskrit derivation ‘medha’ means wisdom.
‘Guided meditation is a form of meditation where an individual is verbally guided into a state of consciousness either by a person’s live voice or by a recording of a voice.’
People have been meditating in different cultures throughout the world for thousands of years, usually as a way of finding inner peace and for strengthening spiritual and/or religious connection.
These days meditation is not just for the spiritual. There’s growing evidence it can be a potent tool to enhance your health and well-being and meditation techniques have been incorporated into a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches.
The benefits of meditating regularly
During an experience of meditation we are calm, aware, focused, happy and loving. We let go of the burden of ourselves and enter into a wider state of consciousness. Having achieved this wonderful state, we can then learn to transfer these same attitudes to all our interactions and to maintain them in everyday situations, regardless of what is happening around us.
It is possible, through the regular practice of meditation, to transform the quality of our lives totally, living each moment untroubled by negativity and the stress that inevitably builds up.
Evidence now suggests meditation has many long-term health benefits. Meditation produces a clearing of the mind in ways that promote a sense of calm and heightened awareness and offers many health benefits, including relaxation – leading to reduced stress and anxiety. It can also help improve mental performance and improve concentration.
A recent Harvard study revealed that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks : Read it here
‘…increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.’
A fantastic article on the science behind the positive affects of meditating on your brain : This Is Your Brain on Meditation – The science explaining why you should meditate every day by Rebecca Gladding M.D.
Evidence suggests that it takes just 66 days to form a new habit ( see my 66-day challenge blog articles ) which is why I encourage a commitment to regular meditation.
When we commit to a meditation practice it not only alters the chemistry of our own thoughts and feelings but it can positively affect those around us. The energy of meditation builds within us as we practice and the happier and more peaceful we become, the more positive our life becomes.
Through meditating regularly you will deepen your connection and ability to go within with increasing ease. Know inner peace.