What is mindstillness?
Mindstillness is a state we reach through meditation.
Meditation has been used for centuries by both spiritual and secular groups, and is practised in many different ways.
The meditation we offer is a series of techniques used to help calm the mind, and reduce the impact of ‘mind chatter’ on our everyday lives. It draws on the conscious, directed use of the breath, as well as guided meditation and visualisation.
The aim is to give the client some tools they can use in their everyday life to help manage their mental load, and the feelings of anxiety that can often accompany a busy mind.
What are the benefits of meditation?
Meditation has so many mental and physical benefits, but amongst the scientific research, the physical changes meditation can bring to the brain are perhaps amongst the most exciting.
Research has shown that those who regularly practise meditation have a brain more resistant to aging, with more grey matter throughout their brains than non meditators.
These people also have decreased activity in the Default Mode Network (or DMN, often referred to as ‘the monkey mind’) of their brain.
This area of the brain is responsible for mind wandering and self-referential thoughts and is active when we’re not actively thinking. It’s responsible for the thought loops – worrying about the past and future, comparing ourselves to others, is the overly protective part that sees people and life as a threat – and causes us to feel and respond in that way.
Reducing activity in the DMN causes someone to feel happier, with less depression, anxiety and pain. They also have better concentration and awareness, both of others and the world around them, and themselves.
Meditation has also been shown to decrease the stress response (fight or flight) as there is a decrease of brain cell volume in the amygdala – the area responsible for fear, anxiety and stress. Conversely meditation helps increase the cortical thickness in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that governs learning and memory.
Who is meditation for?
Literally everyone can benefit from meditation, but not every type of meditation will suit, or be suitable for, everyone. It’s worth looking at moving meditation and mantra mediation if you find that guided meditation isn’t for you.
How is meditation done?
Our classes aim to teach you some tools and techniques to help you meditate whenever you want to. As such we don’t have lots of equipment, or insist that you sit or stand in a particular way. You will be encouraged to adopt a seated or lying position that you find comfortable, and we recommend wearing clothing suitable for this.
Upcoming Meditation Class
You can find the details of all upcoming meditation classes here.