Mindful Meditation in Maidenhead
“When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself, when you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world” – Eckhart Tolle
I offer relaxation and daily awareness courses providing life skills which, which with regular practice, will enable you to manage your busyness and respond to life’s challenges from a place of calm.
You will learn the Art of Finding Stillness and Calm Approach, developed by Buddhist monk Ven. Lama Ngedon Drime, who has been teaching various meditation techniques and workshops since 1969. His approach combines the methods of Buddhist meditation, Yoga Nidra, Movement Awareness and Deep Awareness practices, in a way that will enable you to develop control of your mind and body.
Some of the benefits to be gained through daily practice of the Art of finding Stillness and Calm approach are as follows:
• Emotional and physical relaxation
• Clarity of mind in all daily activities
• Improved concentration
• Improved decision making and problem solving
• Improved sleep
• Reduced blood pressure
• A sense of being in control
• Slowing down of the ageing process
• A feeling of general well-being
Anyone can practice this approach, regardless of their background, experience or beliefs. All techniques are done either sitting in a chair or standing up, so there are no difficult postures to worry about or specific clothing to wear, so long as it is comfortable.
Courses require a commitment to three sessions of 90 minutes over a period of three weeks, plus daily home practice.
Week One – Daily Breath and Movement Awareness
First developed in India as the main calming method of the Buddhist tradition, this breathing technique is a powerful tool for developing “here and now” awareness.
Breath awareness meditation is a method of stilling the mind and bringing clarity and awareness to everyday activities. It is the best method for developing a relaxed and controlled state of mind throughout your waking day.
This is a practice of walking meditation that allows you to experience the stillness of seated relaxation whilst in movement. It enables you to take a calm focused stillness into all your daily activities.
Week Two – Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra, developed in the Indian yoga tradition, is considered to be the deepest possible state of relaxation. If we don’t release stress built up over the day we take it with us to bed, often resulting in dreams and disturbed sleep.
Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, while the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of their inner world by following a set of verbal instructions.
Week Three – Deep Awareness
This practice teaches you how to descend to the subconscious levels of the mind. Here you can focus on any area in your life that you wish to change or just find stillness and calm at a deeper level.
I recently attended the Art of finding Stillness and Calm out of curiosity with no prior experience of mindful meditation. The three 90 minute sessions were very informative and I received useful tools to take away and work with on my own. Cheryl has a warm and inclusive approach. Her instruction is clear and thorough. She encourages questions and feedback after each exercise to ensure you get the maximum benefit. She provides detailed handouts and recordings of two of the techniques. Listening to her soothing voice is amazing and certainly helps me relax and feel calm.
- Marjorie Sayers, Cookham Dean
Thank you for such a relaxing and interesting class. You are a warm and welcoming person which enhanced the experience, and you are a natural teacher.
- Anita Hodgson, Furze Platt
Just wanted to say I really enjoyed the session and took a lot of useful thoughts and tools from it, which I know are going to help me. You are a gifted and natural teacher and I really appreciated the effort and care you put into the session.
- Steph Richardson, Tadley, Hampshire