Mind Body Meditation
Tri-Dosha founder Sunita Passi talks to key thought leaders about how meditation really works.
Great minds meditate alike
Art Giser, Founder Energetic NLP and Self Development Teacher, has been a treasured mentor thanks to his courses, which offer valuable insights into working with energy. He’s at the forefront of a wider movement that’s becoming increasingly mainstream as people adopt meditation to deal with lives that are often characterised by greater stress and uncertainty. I wondered what he makes of that shift.
“Most of us now lead very over scheduled and demanding lives. Work, family, friends, partners, the ever-increasing pace of change, and the vast amount of information we are exposed to and need to be aware of. Meditation helps us with all our relationships, and with work. As a very successful, ‘Type A’ executive said to me once, ‘I couldn’t possibly get so much accomplished if I didn’t meditate’. It has huge health benefits, and most importantly feeds our soul.”
Neuropsychiatrist Dr Peter Fenwick has been researching the evidence and offers similar thoughts. “Meditation is ideal for everyone. It has wide benefits: it improves attention, concentration, memory and emotional control. It is helpful in schools, in fact in any large institution. There is wide scientific evidence on the benefits of mindfulness now available and NICE have recommended mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for recurrent depression.”
The two men differ about their thoughts on the best types of meditation for people to explore. Art notes “Mindfulness meditations are very accessible and helpful. I personally prefer meditations that work directly with the human energy system and spirit.”
“Meditation should be fitted to the client,” suggests Peter. “For beginners, eyes closed mantra meditation is good, as is eyes open mindfulness meditation. Form there you can progress to a wider range of other meditations.”
As for when to meditate, it’s the scientist’s answer that has more of a spiritual feel, while the energy master’s is more practical. “HuangPo, an ancient zen Buddhist master, said meditation in the morning is golden; in the afternoon silver; and night bronze.” An unexpected response from Peter there, and symptomatic of the way meditation and spirituality are in a dialogue with research now.
Asked the same question, Art responds “The most important thing is to do it at least once when it works most easily with your schedule and personality. Some people find it easier to get up earlier and do it, some find it easier to do it in the evening or before bed.”
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Until next time … Namaste!