Meditation is a way to help still our busy minds and enables us to connect on a deeper level. We generally are not taught how to ‘be’ nor encouraged to spend time developing our inner wisdom and intuition in the western world.
Like anything a little willingness will help your meditation practise and help you to switch off the ‘chatter box’ mind. Many people commonly comment, “I don’t know if I can meditate and switch of my mind”, but with a little dedication and openness it is possible and can be incredibly rewarding.
Having been one of ‘those people’ many years ago, who didn’t know how to meditate, Ann-Marie can truly empathise and knows how it feels to sit there and ‘will’ something to happen! Of course it never did, until she eventually thought that it actually didn’t matter if she could ‘do it’ or not. Having let go of the outcome Ann-Marie then started to get results. Her surrendering the outcome enabled the stillness and inner journey to begin.
How guided meditation can help you
The positive results of meditation are ten fold, helping to give clarity, peace, calm and an ability to find the answers from within. Life then begins to take on a different perspective all together and the ‘problems’ we thought we had before just don’t seem to be such an issue. Practising meditation regularly enables life to flow and in turn brings about a sense of equilibrium allowing the presence of trust, inner peace and joy to unfold and grow.
Although meditation is usually recognised as a largely spiritual practice, it also has many health benefits
- It lowers oxygen consumption.
- It decreases respiratory rate.
- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
- Leads to a deeper level of relaxation.
- Good for people with high blood pressure as it brings the B.P. to normal.
- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
- Decreases muscle tension (any pain due to tension) and headaches.
- Builds self-confidence.
- It increases serotonin production which influences mood and behaviour. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
- Reduces Pre- menstrual Syndrome.
- Helps in post-operative healing.
- Enhances the immune system. Research has revealed that meditation increases activity of ‘natural-killer cells’, which kill bacteria and cancer cells. It can also reduce activity of viruses and emotional distress.
You can enjoy a one-to-one meditation session with Ann-Marie or join one of her group meditations.
The meditation groups she holds offer an opportunity to explore various techniques, such as breath work, visualisation, relaxation and self enquiry. Being in a still space allows you to free your mind, which in turn eases the stress and strains of life. It is also an opportunity for you to be with like minded people and feel safe and supported on your own personal spiritual journey.
You do not need to have any experience or have any particular spiritual practise – all you need is an open heart & mind and commitment to yourself.
Apart from offering meditation from her home she also offers sessions for businesses, schools, groups or retreats.
Sessions & Pricing
If you would like a one to one guided meditation the fee is £40 per hour.
Ann-Marie runs a fortnightly meditation group in Upper Beeding, West Sussex from 10.30am till 11.45am – £8 per person. Please contact us for further details.
Ann-Marie can also provide guided meditation sessions for a small local groups for £50 per hour, or for businesses, schools, or larger groups at a fee of £80 per hour.
You’re never too young or too old to start!
Breathing in, I know I am breathing in
Breathing out, I know I’m breathing out
Breathing in, my breath grows deep
Breathing out, my breath grows slow
Breathing in, I calm my body
Breathing out, I feel at ease
Breathing in, I smile
Breathing out, I release
Breathing in, dwelling in the present moment
Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment
Taken from ‘The Energy of Prayer’ ~ Thich Nhat Hanh