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The art of meditation is about awareness. Awareness of your thoughts, feelings, breathing in the current moment and being able to let that go and just be. It is about developing focused attention in order to promote calmness, relaxation and a deeper awareness. Meditation is a way of transforming the mind.
 
Meditation can be blissful, peaceful, inspiring and challenging. It is bringing a conscious awareness to your current thoughts, feelings and way of being in a gentle manner that allows you to let it be and also importantly, let it go. There is a lot that can be learned about oneself on all levels during meditative practice and many find answers to questions or situations they have been struggling with through the practice of sitting still and allowing peacefulness.
I believe that meditation allows space for the subconscious mind to easily communicate with the conscious mind thereby allowing learnings to happen and shifts to occur. This also creates a space for deeper communication and understanding of oneself that will carry into everyday life and promote authenticity and healing long after your session has ended.
There are many different forms of meditation and ways of doing meditation and it is important to find what works best for you knowing there is no right or wrong way of doing it. This ancient and powerful art is now being backed up by science which show the changes meditation has on the brain itself and the benefits it produces.

Some of the many long lasting benefits of regular meditation include:
  • Reduces stress
  • Decreases anxiety and depression
  • Boosts immunity
  • Improves focus
  • Enhances creativity
  • Increases serotonin production which improves mood and behaviour
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces tension-related pain
  • Promotes happiness and gratitude
  • Intuition improves

Consciously You runs a weekly meditation class in conjunction with Natural Step N’ Stones that offers different meditations each week, working with music, sound, breathing, visualisation and relaxation. Our weekly meditation group is on a Tuesday night starting at 5.45pm and costs $15 or $50 for 5 weeks. No prior experience necessary.

It’s sometimes hard to find some quiet time. You may be living in the city or just finding it hard to switch off from everyday life. Here at Consciously You we offer meditation and mindfulness workshops and classes. Some may wonder why meditation is important and what benefits will come of it.

Meditation can help you deal with stress and negative emotions.

Studies have shown that meditation can help reduce levels of depression and anxiety, along with helping people tolerate pain better.

Meditation can boost positive skills like memory and awareness.

Research shows that mediators have well-developed brains with areas that might be connected to the mastery of awareness and emotional control.

 It doesn’t take long to see meditation’s benefits — just weeks can change your brain.

Several studies show that after an eight-week meditation program, participants had denser brain tissue in areas connected to learning, emotion regulation, and memory processing.

The benefits of meditation extend to other parts of your body too, including your heart.

Mindfulness training has been connected to decreased blood pressure and a more variable heart rate — which is a good thing, meaning your body can better regulate blood flow depending on how much oxygen you need at the time.

There are also signs that meditation can help boost your immune system — or at least help ward off the flu.

In a study, researchers took two groups of people and had one group complete an eight week meditation course. At the end of the eight weeks, the people in the meditation group showed increased left-side brain activity. At that point, the researchers injected both groups with the flu vaccine. The meditators had a stronger immune response (their bodies produced more flu-fighting antibodies), and the higher the level of left-brain activity in general, the greater the immune response.*

*please not this information has been sourced from http://www.businessinsider.com.au/how-meditation-changes-your-brain-2015-1

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