Frequently asked Questions
We often get asked questions about meditation – of general and virtual practice. In this post we have put together the most common questions and our answers for you. Feel free to contact us with additional questions.
How effective is meditation over the phone?
The depth and connection achieved in mediation are as effective on a call as they are in person. A call can be even more effective as it reduces external information input.
In a live group we can be self conscious, resulting in a lot of mental activity (especially when we’re trying to read others expressions, the meanings we’re making about ourselves) whereas on our own this is seldom a consideration.
I found other meditation practices difficult to maintain, how is yours different?
We include transformative actions at the end of each meditation. These actions are practical, easy to apply and are designed to help develop a regular meditation practice.
Is meditation in conflict with my religion?
All religions have internal spiritual practices, which are meditative practices. For example in the Christian religions “there are two contemplative practices of fundamental importance in the Christian tradition: the practice of stillness (also called meditation, still prayer, contemplative prayer, etc) and the practice of watchfulness or awareness….”.
Source: Martin Laird OSA, Associate Professor in Dept Of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, ‘Into the Silent Land’…The Practice of Contemplation
Our transformative meditations use universal themes and do not subscribe to a particular reglious faith, i.e. are multi-faith.
What is the best meditation practice for me?
Truth is, there’s no simple answer. Perhaps a more empowered starting place is to understand ‘what it is you’re needing’ in the moment. We’ve found that depending on our ‘meditation intention’ – this often informs the kind of meditation we choose for that moment. Some examples: if we’re dealing with a health issue, a specific guided meditation may be useful. If stress is what we’re trying to address, then we may choose a meditation which focuses on teaching healthy breathing technique. If we have ‘monkey chatter brain’ – then a concentration practice (such as ‘mindfulness practice’, or using a mantra) is often just the ticket. Ultimately though, the biggest ‘goal’ of life and meditation (itself a misnomer), is to wake up from the illusion that we are ‘alone’, and ‘separated from Source’…thus Meditation’s ultimate intention is for ‘Enlightenment’…(which is not something we can achieve or hold on to) but is a state we may experience through practice – which intends to ‘commune us with Source’… for which we offer specific meditations too.
What’s critical is to understand one’s context. If someone is ill, then different meditations throughout a 24 hr period may be ideal, though for someone who’s well-strong and seeking greater peace in their life, maintaining one specific meditation practice may be wise.
What if I miss a day of meditation practice?
Notice this compassionately. Check if your practice time and duration are suitable and modify if necessary. Also, if others aren’t aware of the importance of your meditation practice – you may wish to respectfully (doing so in enrolling, engaging and inspiring ways may foster their support of you) communicate this with them. Then gently begin regular practice again.