Meditation has been practiced for many thousands of years because people know that it reduces stress, calms the mind and increases inner peace. During the 1970s medical researchers at Harvard University studied meditation in depth and found that during the practice the body has what they call the relaxation response, which gives the body deep rest that is deeper than the rest we get from sleep. They also discovered that through regular meditation that deep rest builds up in the body over time, and it is that deepening reservoir of rest that the body and mind draw on in times of need such as to fight disease and get us through traumas in life.
Why not give it a go? What do you have to lose? The following audio guides you through a simple visualisation with a focus on Autumnal leaves – something which I think everyone appreciates no matter how busy! With this exercises you can lie down on a flat surface (yoga mat on the floor is best) or seated in a meditation position or in a chair. Whatever you do, don’t listen to it while you are driving or doing anything else. Meditation is something which you have to dedicate your whole mind and body to, close your eyes to shut out interference from the outside world but resist the urge to sleep.