If you’re feelings stressed and overwhelmed by the pressures of modern life and the new year, this could be something for you. This session acts as an introduction to Transcendental Meditation, in which the processes and benefits of this particular style of meditation will be explained. There will then be an opportunity for questions and an open discussion in a welcoming environment.
This is a form of meditation that requires two twenty minute sessions per day, in which the participant sits quietly with their eyes closed. It can be practised by anyone and requires no equipment or training. The advocates of this meditation emphasise the lack of effort necessary to its practise, as well as its enjoyable nature. It is also claimed that it will benefit the user from the outset: ‘providing access to the reservoir of creativity, energy and intelligence deep within everyone – for more effective thinking, increased happiness and greater well-being’.
It is stressed that this technique will not conflict with existing beliefs and does not mean a commitment to an idea, it is simply a mental technique and can be separated from all pre-existing ideals. The technique allows the activity of the mind to naturally settle until it is calm and quiet but simultaneously alert and awake. It allows stress and tiredness to be dissolved naturally, resulting in greater energy, clarity of mind and enjoyment and appreciation of life. It is intended as a restful experience that will rejuvenate both your mind and body.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement, introduced the technique in India in the mid-1950s. According to the movement, the process is a non-religious one that promotes relaxation and self-development whilst reducing stress. The TM movement became popularised during the 1960s and 1970s, partly through celebrity endorsement, and by the early twenty first century had gained a large following and become multinational. The technique has seen relatively little development and remains rooted in the same values and practices of its beginnings.
You can book yourself onto one of these free introductory sessions on the Transcendental Meditation website, or alternatively call on 07976214373.
Friends Meeting House – Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF