Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” he replied “Nothing! However, let me tell you what I lost: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of Old Age and Death.
— Buddha Quotes

Do you fancy a bit of zen then...?

In today's society life moves at break neck speed.  The development of technology whilst amazingly beneficially makes us available 24/7.  Our minds are more crowded with the growing list of things to do & the pressure to perform longer, quicker & better than the next person.   This has led to a massive increase in the incidence of stress and stress related illness.

Meditation is the art of training the mind to transform in order to develop clarity, freedom from stressful thoughts, the ability to see the true nature of things & concentration.   Once the power of the mind is truly harnessed we are able to benefit from a better quality of life which allows us the chance to distance ourselves from the incessant chatter in our minds.    Science and medicine is understanding the importance of the mind-body connection to the health and wellbeing of human beings.    Kings College Hospital London has even produced a leaflet to help the public understand how this works.     The well known 'Placebo Effect' is often rubbished because 'real treatment' has not taken place, but if we look at it another way, it illustrates the importance and power of the mind in healing; so if we can train and harness our mind with the use of meditation, what an important difference that would make to our lives...... don't you want the ability and power that comes with being the master of your mind instead of a slave to it???

Meditation can take on many forms and practises such as Mindfulness, Zen, Transcendental & Loving Kindness that support our capacity to master the functioning and workings of our minds in order to enhance our ability to find calm & peacefulness.   It seems as though the harder we strive and push to achieve, and go forward, the further away we move from the natural and necessary maintenance of our mind and body, which perversely has the effect of dulling productivity in all senses.   Workplaces are realising that being open to backing wellness initiatives such as meditation is allowing for decreases in absenteeism and stress and increases in productivity amongst employees.   

Join Ella O's group meditation sessions to based in Hertford to learn more about how meditation can benefit you, and start mastery of your mind today.

You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you are too busy, then you should sit for an hour
— Old Zen adage