82-year-old expert meditator shares her insights on the power of spirituality, the excitement of ageing and the paradoxes of today’s youth
Who best to ask for life advice but
to someone who, faced with the question
‘what are your regrets?’ immediately answers ‘none’?
Françoise is a yoga and ex-French
literature teacher, who has practiced meditation for over 40 years. I had the
wonderful opportunity to ask her about how mindfulness transformed her life.
What amazed me the most about Françoise, is that despite her apparent wisdom and strong belief in her way of life, there was no wish to convince me of anything. She knows that her happiness speaks for itself. I hope that you will find this conversation as inspiring as I did.
A synonym for the word ‘meditation’?
Faced with this question, Françoise
first brought up the word ‘tranquility’.
She then paused. “Actually, this is
more of a state achieve through
“The real synonym of meditation is
“Engaging in meditation is about
embarking on a process through which we build real happiness from within. It
takes effort, and silence is absolutely necessary.”
Despite a difficult childhood and an
unaffectionate mother which left her with anxiety as an adult, Françoise was
able to find contentment that was less dependent upon external circumstances.
But meditation is not just about hard work. For Françoise, “Everything is easier now. I fight less with my husband. I take things as they come. And I am never waiting or wanting for things to happen.”
The biggest benefit of meditation?
“Thanks to meditation, there is no
bad weather. Every day when I wake up, whether it is raining or I see the sun
beaming, I am at peace.”
Whether Françoise means this literately, or as a metaphor for life, or both, I think this is a pretty appealing… Plus a particularly good investment for Belgium residents.
Your best argument for taking up a meditation / mindfulness practice?
“When you go buy a jacket, you know that spending 100€ as opposed to 15€ will usually get you a better quality one, right? Well, it’s the same with happiness. How can you expect to be more fulfilled, if you do not spend time on yourself?”
How can meditation transform life at work?
‘You know what a student of mine once
said to me? With you Ma’am, it’s different, you are the same person inside as
outside the school classroom.”
Françoise explains that meditation was critical for finding the confidence to be her authentic self, as a teacher. Equipped with less negative self-questioning, she was able to teach in a more instinctive way, making “every day different and full of new discoveries”.
How do you approach ageing?
“We tend to see ageing as a scary process, but for me, every day that passes, I feel better and better. So, ageing can only be seen as a gift”.
What are the main obstacles faced by today’s youth?
According to Françoise, today’s youth is plagued by a “bulimia of discovery”. « Young people are always on the move. They go to Bali expecting to discover themselves. You could have travelled the world, but as long as you have not done inner work, you will remain lost”.
Your take on religion?
Françoise is a practicing Catholic. In her view, “religion can be steppingstone to spirituality. But the latter remains the end goal. Many religious people are not spiritual. And religion is absolutely not a requirement for spiritual attainment.”
Any advice for meditation novices?
“It’s wonderful that you want to start. There will be ups and downs as part of the process. Do not give up! It can take a bit of time to start seeing results”
Any concluding words of wisdom?
“As a wise a person once said, human
beings are meant to be happy. But it takes a lot of work!
And meditation practice is one of the
best ways to undertake that much needed work.”
Meditation and mindfulness abilities may predict cognition level
and lower risk of dementia in later life
– A conversation with a ‘medit-ageing’ researcher
going for a run, eating blueberries… these are cited as protectors against
Alzheimer’s, the most prevalent brain disease of the 21st century. Yet, an activity
that is often overlooked, but powerful for shielding the ageing brain, is
This topic was the subject of Anna’s research project on meditation and cognition. I had the wonderful opportunity to ask her about some of her groundbreaking results.
looked at a group of around 140 people aged 65 or over from across Europe. We
measured their cognitive abilities as well as their capacity to be mindful.
What we found was a strong positive link between mindfulness qualities and
intelligence level in later life. And this is taking into account variables such
as educational level or socio-economic status.”
cognitive abilities we measured included memory and global cognition which are
strongly sensitive to dementia and Alzheimer’s. Basically, the study demonstrates
a possible protective action of mindfulness against Alzheimer’s.”
do you define mindfulness? I ask, “a term that seems to encapsulate many
different practices?”. I think back to images of yogis and Buddhist monks. I also record times walking in nature and focusing
on my surroundings… »Isn’t that also a form of mindfulness?’, I ask,
impressive takeaway from this study is that the findings were based on a group
of people that we call non-expert meditators, meaning that they only have very
little life-long meditative practice.’ So, no need to be Eckart Tolle to
experience mindfulness qualities’ beneficial effects on cognition.
According to Anna, there are many ways of defining mindfulness capacity. In her study, she broke it down into different categories.
example, we looked at attentional mindfulness, or the capacity to place your
focus on different tasks. We also had demonstrative mindfulness – that’s the
ability to distance yourself from a thought. So, if you have a thought like ‘oh
I’m stupid’, it’s about seeing things as ‘well, maybe that’s just not me, and
maybe I can just decide to see it as a passing thought.’”.
of thoughts, I have a nagging one. Having often jokingly described myself as
being ADHD because of my difficulty focusing, my mind turns to all those
children with a clinical diagnosis of the disorder, “are these people doomed to
be less protected against Alzheimer’s because of less attentional capacity?”.
Anna explains that attentional mindfulness is not about the ability to get engrossed in a particular task for a long period of time. Rather, it’s about having the freedom to place your attention on the tasks you want to be doing.
also insists that the beauty of these findings lies in the fact that everyone
can learn to be more mindful, even those with concentration difficulties.
Studies increasingly show that mindfulness qualities can be acquired very
rapidly, starting with only a couple of minutes or hours of practice a week.
if the study implies that expert meditators, of the
‘spend-5-hours-a-day-on-the-cushion’ sort, have a bullet-proof vest against
Anna says that some evidence may show that the more we meditate, the higher the protective effects on cognition. But other environmental and genetic factors are of course at play in the development of dementia.
also says that no causal link can be established for now. “The study is only
strongly indicative a possible effect, but this needs to be substantiated by
further studies of different types. But this all very exciting and promising.
Especially given all of the other positive effects of mindfulness on mental and
physical health along the life-course”.
What is inspiring about Anna’s work is that meditation’s positive effects on cognition seem to stem from our general ability to apply mindfulness to our day-to-day life. So, the idea is not necessarily to spend X hours meditating on Headspace or watching daily ‘yoga with Adrienne’ videos. It’s about understanding and applying the principles of mindfulness to your day-to-day life. And this is where teachers or meditation mentors come in handy. They can be very helpful for truly inhabiting the spiritual lifestyle. More info to book a one-to-one free session in Brussels or online at Bruxelles Méditation can be found here.
In the last few years, millions of people around the world began to recognize the importance of meditating in their life. There are different reasons for people to start meditating. Some want to improve their concentration to get better results in their studies, at work or in their daily life. Others meditate to reduce stress, anxiety, loneliness. Whatever the case, meditation helps millions of people build a strong mental health, find self-confidence and become the best version of themselves.
Those achievements are life-changing. It is key therefore to make sure we will get there. This is where reality hits you. It is possible in theory to meditate at home alone or with youtube. But daily life is slightly different. When we get back home from school or work what are the first thoughts that come up? ‘I want to lay down on my bed’, ‘What should I cook for dinner or lunch?’ or « all this happened today, I deserve to watch tv or netflix and chill now ». If you have a family, it’s even more challenging to get the space and much needed focus to meditate. Lets’ face it, it’s not easy to get the conditions to meditate well once, let alone doing it regularly to get long lasting results. The meditation center becomes your safe heaven and dramatically improves your chances of getting the results you deserve.
On top of the time and space to practice meditation without distractions it is also important to realize that meditation is a path and is not static. This means there will be ups and downs and that we need to use effective techniques adapted to our level and condition. This is where professional meditation teachers can help you keep moving forward and not give up as soon as things are not going as expected.
Why our Meditation Center in Brussels
There is a list of benefits and advantages from practicing meditation in our meditation center in Brussels. Here are the most relevant ones.
Professional Meditation Teachers
We have several professional teachers that have been meditating for more than a decade and have been teaching for several years. As we all know meditation is not about learning things but a helping hand from someone that has been going through the path before is precious. When you will be letting go of your attachments and blocages, the meditation teachers can guide you in the right direction and help you to get the results you are looking for. The meditation teachers will not only guide your meditation but also provide constant support. You can get as many consultations with them to discuss your situation and get tips on how to meditate properly.
Your safe haven in Brussels
Having your own meditation center in Brussels means you will have a quiet and distraction free place to meditate from 9 am to 9 pm from Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm. Your meditation room and meditation seat are like a safe haven for you to find inner peace and let go of all the accumulated thoughts. You will have the luxury of having only one task: focus on your meditation. In the short term this means you will get to a state of relaxation but in the mid term it goes much deeper: you will be able to let go of all the distracting thoughts, negative minds, blocages and you will become the best version of yourself.
During break time, you can enjoy different kinds of teas, coffee, fruits and snacks. Everything is there for you to have a relaxing time on top of practicing meditation and improving your life. Not a bad deal is it?
Meditation is very Social!
The meditation center is not only a place to find yourself but it also allows you to meet conscious and like minded people. It is a very refreshing new social experience. At Bruxelles Méditation (our meditation center in Brussels) you will meet people with different backgrounds and careers that all have in common the desire to become a better person through meditation. Our meditators have often pointed out how helpful it has been for them to meditate with other people and share their experiences. This is why we run group meditation sessions and have a small party every month!
Body Meditation Exercises
Mens Sana in Corpore Sano
« a healthy mind in a healthy body »
Our meditation center also offersbody meditation exercise sessions. Our « releasing exercise » is a dynamic stretching routine that releases energy blockages in the entire body from head to toe, making the body healthier. The body meditation exercises help us not only to keep our body healthy but also to focus more deeply on meditation.
Bruxelles Méditation is your answer to Modern Life
In modern life, a strong mental health and high conscious level are being recognized as the keys for well-being. Many people have realized that having more does not necessarily mean to become happier. The era of materialism is coming to an end as people do not want to be slaves and live exclusively to get more useless things. We want to be free and find clarity to simply make the right decisions according to the conditions. High consciousness is the secret for true happiness and completion.
Meditation can get us there through letting go of harmful attachments and will lead us to a complete and happy life because meditation is the way to high consciousness. When we let go of all the stress, negative minds and thoughts we will have no worries, anxiety or hatred. Getting rid of all the noise which sickens our mind and body and scatters our concentration will help us see what has true value in life.
Meditation is popular and trendy
Meditation is more and more popular and trendy. Countless famous people like Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Lynch, Steve Jobs have been talking about the key role of meditation in their successful careers. Many companies like Google, Nike, Apple, Samsung, LG offer meditation classes to their employees. This is just the cherry on the cake: you already have proof that meditation works and is a key asset. Now it is up to you to integrate it in your daily life.
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Bruxelles Meditation with its perfect environment, professional support, an effective meditation methods, rest area with coffee and snacks and social component will be a perfect place for you to become happy and complete.
How to Get to Bruxelles Méditation
Address : Avenue de la Renaissance 1, 1000 Bruxelles
Our Meditation center is located in Brussels European district in front of the Parc du Cinquantenaire.
By Public Transport
When you use the Metro to get to the meditation center, get off at Station Schuman. It is 5 minutes walking distance from Bruxelles Méditation.
When you use the Bus to get to the meditation center, get off at Station Schuman or Station Michel-Ange or Station Breydel.
There are free parking places in front of the meditation center.
Hello, Everyone. This is brussels meditation center. Today, we would like to introduce the reasons why we have to do meditation regularly and about advantages of daily meditation.
Full of stresses and negative minds
In modern society, people get conflict each other in many different reasons. Job, Family, School, Friend etc… Whenever it happens to us, It makes stress and negative mind such as Anxiety, Tension, Melancholy, Worries, Hate, Distrust. and more time goes by, more get serious. and, of course, as a result, personal quality of life goes down more and more.
Meditation is Solution
Meditation is the key for recover of our positive harmony. meditation helps us to let go of all the negative minds and stresses.
Advantages of Daily Meditation
Doing Meditation is really helpful for our positive mind-set. It develops the strong mental health and build high self-esteem and high self-confidence. but, If we don’t meditate regularly, effects of meditation would decrease. Here are the advantages of daily meditation
Help us not to accumulate the Stresses and Negative minds
We may not get this, But all the stresses and negative minds we got keep accumulated in our mind. so, If we don’t eliminate regularly, It will go bigger and bigger. but, If we keep throwing away those minds, It never come back to us again.
Empower positive energy
Everytime we do meditate, our positive energy keeps grow and it is accumulated. In other words, daily meditation make us get enormous positive energy that help us get through all the bad things and be always positive and happy.
Let us be Objective perspective
Regular meditation raises the ability to get out of the self-centered perspective. more we meditate, more scale of our mind get bigger. Big mind means being free from narrow subjective perspective and being always staying on objective perspective which embrace others. and objective perspective is the key for getting out of all the stresses and negative mind.
Strengthen the Mental Health
Doing meditation everyday gives no any chances for stresses and all negative thoughts to get in our mind. Strong Mental health comes from positive mind. If we eliminate stress and negative thoughts, naturally, our mental health would get stronger and stronger.
Our meditation center offers meditation programs for different kinds of ages, jobs, and people.
Please find below some research papers about our meditation that explain how our meditation can affect our lives.
Research Findings: The Effects Of This Meditation On Self-esteem And Adaptability To School Environment
The effects of this meditation on elementary school children’s self-esteem and adaptability to school environment.
Researchers Yangkyung Yu (Professor, School of Nursing, Kunsan University) Minjung Lee (Instructor, Gimhae Nungdong Elementary School) Research aim The research is to identify the effects of this meditation programme on elementary school children’s self-esteem […]
Research Findings: Report On The Brainwave Test And The Bio-signal Test Analysis After This Meditation
Report on the brainwave test and the bio-signal test analysis after this meditation.
Researchers Duk-ju Lee(KAIST, professor) Sung-min Kim, Jin-young Song, Ki-young Jung Dept. of Neurology, Korea University Medical Center,Korea University College of MedicineKU Computational Neuroscience Research Lab (http://eeg.re.kr). Research Participants 17 pupils, 17 teachers.
Research Findings: The Effects Of Meditation On Adult Mental Health
The effects of this meditation on adult mental health.
Researchers: Mi-ra Yoon (the Department of Nursing Science, Seoul University) Yang-kyung Yu (Professor, School of Nursing, Kunsan University) En-hee Choi (Researcher, the graduate school of public health, Catholic University of Korea) Kyung-ah Kim (Doctor, comparison family medicine).
Meditation Benefits : Stress relief
Through this meditation, we have shown above that many results can be achieved.
However, the most important benefit meditation offers is to recover our true self. When that happens, true happiness awaits.
Report on the brainwave test and the bio-signal test analysis after this meditation
Duk-ju Lee(KAIST, professor) Sung-min Kim, Jin-young Song, Ki-young Jung Dept. of Neurology, Korea University Medical Center,Korea University College of MedicineKU Computational Neuroscience Research Lab (http://eeg.re.kr)
17 youths, 17 teachers
After conducting the brainwave test and the bio-signal test before and after this meditation, the research showed a decreased level of alpha power in both two groups. This outcome was estimated as a reflection of an increased level of attention due to the effects of this meditation.
After Meditation, Alpha 2 power decreased mostly from the back part of brain.
After Meditation, Alpha 2 power decreased mostly from the back part of brain.
Self-esteem is an individual’s subjective evaluation of their own worth. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs about oneself (for example, « I am unloved », « I am worthy ») as well as emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame. Smith and Mackie (2007) defined it by saying « The self-concept is what we think about the self; self-esteem, is the positive or negative evaluations of the self, as in how we feel about it.
The concept of self-confidence is commonly used as self-assurance in one’s personal judgment, ability, power, etc. One’s self confidence increases from experiences of having satisfactorily completed particular activities. It is a positive belief that in the future one can generally accomplish what one wishes to do.
Self-confidence is not the same as self-esteem, which is an evaluation of one’s own worth, whereas self-confidence is more specifically trust in one’s ability to achieve some goal, which one meta-analysis suggested is similar to generalization of self-efficacy. Abraham Maslow and many others after him have emphasized the need to distinguish between self-confidence as a generalized personality characteristic, and self-confidence with respect to a specific task, ability or challenge (i.e. self-efficacy).
Concept of two words looks similar. But, there is slight difference between both of words. the former means emotional thing and the latter means more like ability things. so, how meditation can help people to have great self-esteem and self-confidence?
Effects of meditation for self-esteem and self-confidence
Meditation for self-esteem
What is the cause of low self-esteem? It is having a negative mind for himself. until now, we have been through many things. and in the process, we made a variety of thoughts and minds. tiredness, helplessness, hate, sadness, inferiority, regret, anxiety, worry, anger.. many negative thoughts and minds… all those things made us have low self-esteem.
meditation is discarding our minds and thoughts. by eliminating our negative thoughts, we can let go of all the thoughts and minds that makes us regard ourselves as useless, inferior..
If we have no negative minds about us, our Self-esteem must increase.
Meditation for self-confidence
What is the cause of low self-confidence? It is having enormous thoughts not only negative minds. of course, negative minds prevent us from having the ability to solve the problems. but not only negative thoughts, but also all the thoughts make human stay in their own head. and it connect to do nothing in action that make less ability. then it brings up low self-confidence.
To make high self-confidence, we have to let go of all the thoughts which is not important now in our head. and we can only do what we need to do in the present situation, which is most important thing in our life. and meditation is the key for that life.
Research about effects of meditation for self-esteem and adaptability
Here is the research about effects of meditation for self-esteem and adaptability in some environment. You can see how meditation can help for our self-esteem and adaptability.
The effects of this meditation on elementary school children’s self-esteem and adaptability to school environment
Yangkyung Yu (Professor, School of Nursing, Kunsan University) Minjung Lee (Instructor, Gimhae Nungdong Elementary School)
The research is to identify the effects of this meditation programme on elementary school children’s self-esteem and their adaptabilities to their school environment.
Research participants and research duration
50 elementary school children in their third year Between March 2012 to July 2012(twice per week, thirty minutes per session, 15 weeks in total).
At an elementary school located in K city of South Korea, 25 students who were in their 3rd year who wished to participate the experiment and whose parents also consented to their children’s participation attended this meditation session instructed by their teacher, who was a qualified meditation instructor. Another class of 25 students in their 3rd year who did not attend this meditation session was selected as the control group.
The result demonstrated an increased level of self-esteem and an increased level of adaptability to the school environment amongst the students who attended this meditation sessions. It also showed that a higher level of self-esteem resulted in a higher level of adaptability to the school environment.
a comparison on the level of adaptability to school environment before and after this meditation
a comparison on the level of self-esteem before and after this meditation
Mental health is the level of psychological well-being or an absence of mental illness. It is the state of someone who is « functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment ». From the perspectives of positive psychology or of holism, mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life and to create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.
Many famous people leave quotes about mental health. Lady gaga said « Individual acts of bravery and compassion can change the world. It is time to do the same for mental health. » as she said, it is the time for us to change our mind for our mental health. but how to change our mind? until now, it has been hard for human to find the best way to establish great mental health. we thought that traveling, making relationships, drinking, getting hobbies, sports would be a good way to improve mental health. but, these stuffs cannot always solve our mental problem, some stuffs make it even worse. and some mental quotes said we have to accept our mind deeply and honestly. but how we can face our real mind? we don’t even know how to take our mind deeply and honestly. so, what are we going to do?
Meditation is the key solution
Meditation is the key solution for our mental health. doing meditation, we can concentrate on only our inside and can face the real minds we have in ourselves. when we confront our deep and strong negative minds sincerely, we can accept our inside minds. then from that situation, we can let go of our minds which make us anxious, nervous, sad, depressed, angry, overthinking. and we can find real happiness in our mind.
Research about meditation effect
Here is research about effects of our meditation for our mental health. you can see that meditation is the good way to make great mental health.
The effects of this meditation on adult mental health
Mi-ra Yoon (the Department of Nursing Science, Seoul University)
Yang-kyung Yu (Professor, School of Nursing, Kunsan University)
En-hee Choi (Researcher, the graduate school of public health, Catholic University of Korea)
Kyung-ah Kim (Doctor, comparison family medicine)
The purpose of the research is to identify the effects of this meditation on the mental health of the adults who suffer from psychiatric disorders. The research was conducted between July 2011 to September 2012, in the form of surveying psychiatric patients after attending the special meditation sessions. These sessions are specially designed to tailor the needs of the individual adults with psychiatric disorders
Amongst the participants, 88.3% of them replied that this meditation improved their mental health, 44.1% stopped taking psychiatric medication after experiencing positive improvements on their mental health, and 38.2% reduced their psychiatric medication intake. This research demonstrates that this meditation can bring about significant positive improvements on mental health by eliminating the root cause of minds that create depression, anger, anxiety and many other negative sentiments. This achievement is meaningful especially considering that the dramatic improvements brought by this meditation on the psychiatric patients’ mental health can dispense their needs to rely on psychiatric drugs. Today, where mental health issues have become the most serious pain that society suffers, an effective programme that provides healing of the mind is needed more than ever before. This research strongly recommends that a good healing programme like this meditation should be actively sought by various sectors in society to overcome this challenge.
Mental Health Europe
Nowadays, in many European countries, Human Mental Health have been a enormous topic to everyone. many people start thinking that Mental Health is the most important thing in their life. under such influence, in many societies, ‘Mental Health Day’ Campaign have been in fashioned. people see the importance of taking a rest for their mental health. and many companies begin to think that mental health of their employee affects effectiveness of their production.
Since the past years more and more people are talking about how beneficial meditation is. Do you want to know what of this is really true and backed up by science? Perfect, here are you at the right place.
Until now, more than thousand studies have shown benefits of meditation. In this article you will get insights on the most important studies. You will be surprised to read on how many levels meditation has an impact on your mental and physical health. Here you see 25 science-based benefits of meditation, which are explained in this article.
25 Science-based Benefits of Meditation:
Meditation Reduces Stress
Increases the Quality of Sleep
Increases Attention Span
Improves the Quality of Relationships
Decreases Substance Abuse
Decreases Blood Pressure
Reduces Age Related Memory Loss
Enhances Self Awareness
Promotes Emotional Health and Well-being
Improves Problem Solving and Decision-making Ability
Decreases Chronical Diseases
Improves Learning and Memory
Reduces Risk of Heart Diseases and Stroke
Boosts Immune System
Increases Feelings of Compassion
Decreases Feelings of Worry
Decreases Feelings of Loneliness
Reduces Emotional Eating
Meditation Saves You Money
1. Meditation Reduces Stress
To understand what meditation can do against stress, we first have a closer look to what Stress actually is: Stress is the result of past experiences, unresolved traumata, painful experiences, negative thinking, inner conflicts and emotional pain. Being more specific: Stress is the physical feeling of the activated Fight-Flight-Freeze-mechanism of the nervous system. In this mechanism the body is ready to either fight, escape or freeze to face death. The whole energy of the body goes into the muscles, which are ready to act. The heart beats faster and stronger to deliver as much oxygen as possible and the body is fully alert for anything happening in your surrounding, so you can act as quickly as possible. In this state all energy, also by the Immune-system and by the part of the body being responsible for healing, is needed and taken. The short term result is that the immune system is inhibited due to cortisol. Thus, the immune system is not able to perform well The long term result is that the body is completely out of balance, unable to recover.
2. Meditation Increases the Quality of Sleep
Sleep issues come from:
There are many stuffs in your life. Job, Family, Friend, Money etc.. those things always distract our mind. when we have to solve problems from those, Sometimes we get serious Stress from that which cause different kinds of disease. and it connect to Insomnia.
‘What if I fail the test?’, ‘What if I have made a mistake?’, ‘What if my secret comes out?’, ‘What if something bad happen to me?’ All the worries start from ‘What if’. That’s true. Most of the worries is about supposition is not true. Let’s face it! All the worries that stop us from living present is fake. we don’t know it will happen or not and even though it happens, Having worries even before something happens would rather than No worries, just face it when it happens? We must get out of the prison of worry!
Meditation can be the answer
To get rid of those stresses and worries, We have to realize how those things are useless and fake. Meditation can lead you let go of those stresses and worries and realize that you have been controlled. and if you realize it, Insomnia will go away.
3. Increases Attention Span
What is the serious cause of low attention span? It is definitely a variety o thoughts that make us leak out of the way. Meditation is letting go of your distracting thoughts. By doing meditation, we can eliminate all the thoughts that stop us from concentrating on present. Take a chance to get high attention span
4. Improves the Quality of Relationship
What is the best way to establish good relationship with others? It is very hard to say. Maybe you need honesty or Sincereness or money or kindness or delicacy or confident or sensible… Actually it is going to be very different from every situations. What’s the solution, then? What If we can be always wise in the all different situations? What if we always can be objective perspective? then, we can truly understand other’s perspective and we can cope with relationship in best way.
How can we get those ability? Meditation is key for those faculties. Meditation help us to let go of our subjective perspective which stop us from seeing world as objective perspective. and when we get rid of our subjective things, we can be always objective and when we become objective person, we can be wise.
5. Decrease Substance Abuse
What is the reason of Substance Abuse? There can be various reasons.
mental empty and unsatisfactory that never be filled, chronic anxiety and
melancholy. Where these feelings come from? It is from our mind. Our mind world
consists of endless desire. even though you have made a big satisfaction, our
mind wants more pleasure, power, money, fame which cannot be satisfied forever.
Meditation can let you to control your various desires to be stable. It
makes your excessive desires gone and help you to realize how our desires are
useless, painful and toxic.
6. Reduces the Anxiety
Most Anxieties come from worries about uncertain future. actually we don’t
need to worry about something. If there is we can do for the future, just do
what can do, but if there is nothing we can do, we don’t need to care about it.
Worries is , in any cases, very useless. we have to go out of it.
Also, Anxieties come from customary reason, Because of experiences of
past, Our body remember and get used to anxiety. that’s why sometimes we are
anxious without reasons.
To get rid of those worries and unprovoked anxieties, We have to realize
how those things are useless and fake. Meditation can help you let go of those
worries realize that you have been controlled and even eliminate chronic
anxieties by let go of all the memories that body remembers.
7. Decreases blood-pressure
One of the big cause of high blood-pressure is stress. when you’re getting a stressful moment, Your body makes a extreme increase of hormones. These hormones temporarily escalate your blood pressure by encouraging your heart to beat faster and your blood vessels to narrow.
Meditation can reduce stressful moments of your life and help to stay on calm and stable by eliminating all the causes which make a variety of stresses.
8. Improves Problem Solving and Decision-making Ability.
What is the most important elements for problem solving and decision-making ability. We would suggest that it should be strong mental qualities like being calm, wise and being objective perspective.
Meditation is key for those faculties. Meditation help us to let go of our subjective perspective which stop us from seeing world as objective perspective. and when we get rid of our subjective things, we can be always objective and when we become objective person, we can be calm and wise. then, we could make right decisions.
9. Reduces Depression
Where does depression come from? There are many reason that depression is made. Dissatisfaction, Having a tendency to worry a lot, low self-esteem, being sensitive to personal criticism, or are self-critical and negative. In other words, Depression comes from mental
Why is Meditation a Game Changer regarding Stress?
Meditation let you get out of the Fight-Flight-Freeze-Mode by deeply realising the constructed nature of stress and letting it go. You unrevel from stress and become truly free from it.
Then you can really feel what it means to be truly relaxed and at ease, because you can feel when your body releases and regenerates on a deep level.
You wanna have some proof? In a study of 3252 Participants,
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In our life, we always confront many
difficulties. For example, family problem, job problem, friend problem, money
problem, love problem, human relationship problem, health problem etc. whenever
we conflict these problems we usually get anxious, frustrated, mad, depressed,
lost, lonely. These things make stress and Stress makes variety of diseases.
How can we get over these problems? How can
we feel real calm and happiness?
The answer is meditation.
Meditation is key for our happiness. Doing meditation,
we can look inside our whole life. Then, we can realize who really are, what we
really want, how to handle with everything we confront.
At that moment, we can find real calm and
happiness for ourselves and the most important thing of our life.
There are many images of meditation below.
Let’s check together.
Help to concentrate on meditation
Sometimes, we need places which is calm and
quite for relax our mind. Actually, it is perfect for meditation alone. Doing
Meditation alone help us to concentrate on our meditation to look inside our
mind deeply. At that time. It would be more clear for us to understand what is
the problem of us.
Whenever we are, Wherever we are
If we have method for meditation, we could
meditate whenever we want, wherever we want.
Frankly, doing meditation in our everyday
life is one of the most important thing for improving our consciousness.
Group Meditation gives you more power for meditation
When we meditate together, All of our energy
are gathered and it raises the quality of meditation. And it empower the
deepest of meditation and consciousness.
Everybody would be true friends
When we meditate together and raise our
consciousness, we can really treat each other sincerely.
We can be honest to each other, we can
share our difficulties and worries and meditate together again then every
stresses go way and always be happy.
Meditation center in Central
Our meditation center is located in Central of city. so you can get center as easily as your job. Our Meditation center open 9:00AM and close 11:00PM so you can make reserve sessions whenever you want and however you want.
Well-organized And comfortable environment for meditation
Our meditation room is perfect for meditation. proper chairs and blanket for meditation. Not only just equipment, But also we prepare variety of snacks, teas and coffees. You can enjoy whole-time in the meditation center.
‘It is late. The body is tired and there is only the strong desire to fall asleep. But I can not. I try to not think about today or tomorrow. I try to not think about whatever keeps me awake, sometimes I do not even know why am I still awake. I try to not try to fall a sleep. I am so tired. However, I find myself awake on one side of the bed, then on the other side, then on my back. The next day I wake up and feel terrible, as If I would have partied all night or as I would have had to many drinks. I am tired, energyless and can not wait the day to be over, to catch up with my sleep again.’
Everyone has expierenced this. Some of us sometimes, some of us regularly and some of us to a very high extent, too. However, we expierenced that people who meditate regularly are happily stating that this issue dissolves, and how it completely dissapears over time.
But how can meditation increase the quality of sleep?
When the mind wanders, it is restless. Some thoughts or elements in life are regulalry returning to our minds. This keeps one awake and stresses the body. Due to meditation one realizes which thoughts are constantly coming into our minds, keep us awake and how to let go of them. We highly recommend to try out our free Seminar. With this one can see how the sleeping pattern will change over time. In our guidance and individual mentoring we offer an easy meditation method one can apporach before going to bed. It helps to easily let go of the day and to fall a sleep like a baby.
Images make our mind. People create their own mind world by taking pictures of their life. So, we are always taking pictures of our surroundings by our eyes, nose, mouth, ears and even by using the body. Through the creation of our own imaginary world, we create pictures which make our mind happy, sad, mad, jealous, fearful, guilty. As an example: the same event one has experienced can be seen from very different ways: when you in a good mood you see it as a beautiful memory, when you in a bad or sad mood the same memory turns into a painful event. It is not the event which created that pain, it is looking back to an non existing event and creating pictures about something which is not really existing anymore.
Our meditation is to let go of these false images to be able to see the true nature of events and life. We have a free Introduction Seminar where you can have a look at all the images you have. Our mentoring and guided meditation can support you to let go of these images, to be free from worry, pain or sadness.
Today, I want to introduce the poem ‘Abandon’. As you can see it suggest to give up your attachment, discernment, knowledge, pride etc. At first glance, it may does not make sense, because these things define who we are. But, If we look deeply inside of us, we find that these ideas and constructs makes one suffer the most. As an example, it is not about giving up wealth and prosperty, it is about letting go of the attachement towards it. Especially, when things do not turn out the way we want them to. This is painful. But, if we don’t attach to it and just do, we will see positivity in every Situation. We can learn from it and be thankful for it. Thus, we can stay happy.
Moreover, if have a lot of pride and always think we are right, we create conflicts with other people easily and are unhappy. In worst case, we end up as a selfish person, who is not loved from anyone. But, If we have none of these elements within us, we can talk to everybody with respect and we learn from eachother. To let go of everything we do not feel comfortable with, we have a Free Introduction Seminar.
How were you today? How was your job? Are you feeling well?
If you cannot reply on this question positively, maybe you are stressed. As well known, stress is the cause of all diseases. It can destroy your daily life. So, we have to let go of our stress regularly. But how? I can strongly say, that the key to eliminate stress is meditation. By meditating, we reduce stress and feel more relax, we even treat our body in the most possible way. It is important to handle stress immediately, before it gets worse over time.
Research on the Effects of Meditation
There is an interesting research about effects of our meditation on breast cancer survivors and their psychological well-being by the Seoul National University Hospital. There are two groups, one is participating in our meditation program, the other is taking part in a self-care education program.
The group MM (yellow line) is the group participating in the meditation program and the group SME (grey line) is the group taking part in a self-care education program.
Here we can see, people practicing our meditation have a higher reduction of their stress levels than people practicing the self-care education program.
This diagram shows a depression parameter. It is clear to see that the group with meditation reduced their depression more than the group with a self-care education.
The diagram above is presenting the test peoples’ score for Satisfaction with life. Here it is visible that there is a lot of improvement for the people practicing meditation, whereas the people practicing a self-care education almost haven’t got any changes at all.
Within this diagram we can see that people practicing our meditation have an increased Posttraumatic growth Index (PtGI) in a better way than people practicing the self-care education program.
So this research is clearly showing that practicing our meditation program has better results for reduced stress and depression, and improved satisfaction of life and PtGI than practicing self-care education.
Meditation Center near you
Our Meditation Center has an efficient method to let go of all causes of stress which are in our mind. The Center is open everyday, even on weekends, so you can take sessions as much as you want. For example: You’ve got a stressful week and you really need to get away and have a peaceful mind. Then, you can visit our meditation center on Saturday or Sunday for a short or even for a long meditation session up to 12 hours – whatever suites you best. Our meditation method will guide you to real calm and peace.
Meditation in peaceful countryside in France
We organize intensive meditation retreats in France with our members and other members throughout Europe.
Our meditation retreat centre is located in Sologne, Loir et Cher region amounst the beautiful forests and lakes which the area is famous for.
It’s a great opportunity to get away from the busy, stressful
environments we live in and reconnect with nature and the inner peace which
lies within all of us while immersed in these beautiful and peaceful
To get the most out of your stay in quarantine we have 10 things to uplift your life and to stay as happy as possible.
Meditation: If you can not go outside, go inside.
During this time, it is of great importance to keep your happiness. The happier you are, the stronger your immune system is. Looking inward allows you to understand what is happening within you and gives you the freedom to stay calm with great compassion during this time. We highly recommend you to meditate, try different methods or techniques, even if it is just for a short time a day. Of course increasing your meditation time daily will benefit your health and memory to great effects, also after the quarantine. If you have the opportunity to participate in online guided meditation, meditating will even be easier for you.
2. The Power of ‘Thank you‘
The word ‘Thank you’ is a great tool to increase your life quality easily. Make a great habit out of it and remind you to say ‘thank you’ at least a few hundred times a day. We promise you, you are not gonna get enough of this.
3. Stay Positive
To be fair: nobody expected it, but now: here we are. And if we are here now and doing this thing is called life, why not making the best out of it? Let us stay positive and ask yourself ‘how can I make the most out of my stay indoor?’
4. Let your dreams come true
For real: now you have the time to try something out you never really had the time for. Any language you always wanted to try or learn? Any type of dance or exercise which was calling for your attention? Or an instrument? YouTube gives you great opportunities to try things out and even to participate in challenges which last up to 30 days.
5.Rituals are the key
In case you have decided to join a challenge on YouTube (let’s say like yoga or a language) give it a specific time. It is easier to keep on track with something you decided on if you give it a specific time. Wake up, get it started. Other rituals are important too: Keep your meals at a similar time. Your body loves it. Enjoy the routine and the rituals and you will see: time flies.
6. Move as much as possible
Enjoying one or two movies as well as series can be fun, yes, but we recommend you to keep moving as much as possible. Energy creates energy. So to keep vital and healthy, with a high level of energy throughout your stay you need to keep moving. The more you move, the less you think, the happier the body is and there more energy you have for all the beautiful things you enjoy doing.
7. Keep yourself as busy as possible
When you ask the most successful people in the world, why they are not worried, they will tell you: ‘I do not have time for thing about that stuff.’ True words. Keep your rituals going, keep a routine going. If you have not established one yet: great now is the time to go for it. There are plenty articles out to set your mind right there and to get you going for a great routine. You will see how easy it is and how much you gonna love it to keep doing and moving.
8. Keep it clean
Not only to keep moving cleaning is a key, also to stay really healthy and focused on things you wanna do throughout the day. If it is clean and organized around you, your mind will feel the same.
9. Facetime with love ones
To Meet up with friends and family members on facetime or skype can be very exciting and special. For the brain similar regions are stimulated, so it will be almost like seeing them in real. Great, that we can make the best out of it: How about cooking together, having dinner or playing some online games or just seeing each other, enjoying the beauty of being in company or even figuring out how a date online would be. Get creative and have fun.
10. Let the air breeze
Last but not least: Keep the windows open or let some air in whenever you can. Your brain will love the breeze and thank you with great health and the best support. By opening the windows, you can also remind yourself to take a deep breath in and out. Just as a little tool to remind you, that all there is is this breath in this moment.
If you guys have any further recommendations on what to do during quarantine, please let us know. We will share it! Stay positive and healthy. Let us make the most out of it.
Pendant que tout le monde parle de corona et covid, les préparations pour l’ouverture du centre de méditation continuent.
Bien sûr, à l’ordre du jour, beaucoup de méditation!
La méditation peut réellement aider à surmonter des périodes compliquées et retrouver la sérénité nécessaire à affronter les nouveaux défis.
N’étant pas possible de se retrouver pour méditer en groupe, les options qui se présentent à nous pour méditer sont les suivantes :
Méditer seuls à la maison
Méditer en étant guidés en ligne avec l’aide de logiciels gratuits comme Skype ou Zoom
Méditer au parc en respectant les distances de sécurité
Chaque situation peut être perçue négativement ou positivement, l’opportunité de cette période est probablement d’avoir plus de temps pour se recentrer sur soi et réaliser ce qui compte vraiment dans la vie.