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What will I learn?

Every talk is different as it is aimed at covering whatever material the audience feels is relevant to them. Common themes are things such as learning how and why we get stressed, how we can begin to calm the stress response down, what different types of meditation you can access and where vedic meditation fits in.

Can I bring a friend with me?

The sessions are open to all so please feel free. There are limited places available so simply let us know as soon as you would like to book an extra place and we can set that aside for you.

How long will the session last?

The session lasts approximately 1h, although it sometimes proves very stimulating and people find themselves asking lots of questions and getting really into it, so on occasion it will last a little bit more. If time is pressing, its fine to dash off whenever you need, you will find it enlivening and informative however long you stay.

What makes Vedic mindfulness so unique?

There are many branches to the tree of wisdom and no one method can claim complete authority. The main thing is to find a technique that you feel will work best for you, and one certainly doesn’t have to practise a technique exclusively.

However, there are a few significant differences. The effortlessness of this practise and its immediately beneficial impact are rarely found in any other form of meditation. Many people who’ve tried various techniques consider this to be the easiest to practise, and to give the most deeply profound experience of all the ones they’ve tried. This is probably because the mantras are customised to each individual and because the practise was designed for regular folks like you and I, ensconced in the play of life.

The portability and flexibility of practise also make it much easier to integrate (e.g. being able to meditate on a train) and is another reason why people find it a much more sustainable approach.

The technique is also much more holistic in its effect due to the depth we attain when we do it. As a result, the benefits are generally much more comprehensive and holistic than other modalities.

In the words of one student, a former monk of 7 years:

“I’ve spent many years in India and have done a vast array of meditative practises in my life, some pretty serious that have involved sitting in mud huts on the banks of the Ganges for months on end, meditating for days and days in Himalayan caves and visiting various ashrams and doing intensive programs there. And none of them have managed to hit the same level of consciousness and depth that this technique does. It is a beautiful practise – it’s the real deal”
Pete, Graphic Designer, London

How can meditation achieve so much?

Simple. It’s all about nourishing your roots, rather than attending to the symptoms each and every time they surface.

If we wish to sustain the health of a tree, we water the roots. This saves us having to run around trying to cure every leaf, branch or bud that develops a problem. This is exactly what this practise does. Utilizing a personally selected mantra takes us to such a profoundly deep level of rest that every fibre of our being is nourished by goodness.

What is the connection between TM and Vedic meditation?

We teach a technique that has been passed down in its pure form from master to student for 5000 years since Vedic times, when it was practised widely throughout the extraordinarily advanced Vedic civilisation. Hence we call it Vedic meditation as a means of communicating its very rich and prestigious origins.

Transcendental Meditation is a branded form of Vedic meditation that was popularised by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the ’60s and ’70s. It was originally known by the Sanskrit name of nishkam karma yoga, but in order to give it more descriptive value, it was later called transcendental deep meditation, and finally the more truncated version of TM that we see today.

Fortunately, the organisation’s bid to trademark this ancient technique was rejected in this country and so we can all work in tandem, helping share this incredible wealth of ancient wisdom.

In terms of practise, there are certainly striking similarities between what we, as independent conduits of this ancient knowledge, and TM, practise. But there are also differences for which we are grateful. Most notable is that our independent nature allows us to move freely and grow and share without the confines and dogma of an organised structure dictating what can be taught, when and where. In this way we can upkeep the purity of the knowledge and deliver it in true keeping with the Vedic worldview.

We are also privileged to have access to intermediate and advanced techniques from the Vedic tradition that most, if not all TM teachers do not learn or teach, and these can be critical in helping you, should you so wish, evolve in the most optimal way.

We are here to help others develop their own inner resources so that they too can be free to live to their fullest potential in whichever way feels inspirational to them.

If that’s the sort of thing that resonates with you, then do pop along to an introductory talk to find out more. And if you wish to do further research, why not also go along to one of TM’s talks to see which one feels best for you.

We are confident that each and every individual is capable of making an intelligent decision about what feels right for them.

Would you class this as mantra meditation then?

Not quite. The vast majority of mantra meditation practises out there utilise generic, one-size-fits-all mantras that are used in a different way than the special class of mantras that we use. This is borne out by scientific results and anecdotal reports that suggest they are quite far apart in their efficacy from what we are offering. So yes we use mantras, but in a different, much more powerful, and more enjoyable way.

What is the most important thing meditation gives you? What is your favourite aspect of teaching this?

Seeing the amazing variety of beneficial experiences and hearing back from people how much it has enhanced or changed their lives.

What is the most important thing meditation gives you?

My teacher Thom would say ‘fearlessness’. Do this for a few years, and you will be completely fearless of yourself, of life, of others. And that is an incredible space to find yourself in. And it doesn’t take that long to find it. You start noticing it in the first few months and it just grows from there (see ‘anxiety and fearlessness). And because we are no longer stressed, instead of being reckless, we are full of wisdom, and so our fearlessness is nothing but a source of empowerment, progressive change, and a means to access our fullest potential.

For me, it is probably the deep sense of purpose you now find yourself experiencing. As I and many other have found, it’s like finally finding what you have always been looking for.

What if you're not stressed? I don't feel stressed.

In truth, that’s unlikely. Only saints tend not to be stressed. The rest of us mere mortals tend to carry more than we realise (and we’re accumulating ever increasing amounts of it as the arrow of time moves forward). It’s great that you don’t feel stressed but we would wager that your body’s cells and organs would probably tell a different story. If you’re not really very stressed, you might still wish to make use of a tool that enhances everything you do, helps you become more in tune with yourself and the world and, to live an even more inspired life. You see, this isn’t just about returning to our natural status, which is in itself a huge achievement, it can also be about developing our capabilities to live an extraordinary life. In any case, why not come along to an introductory session to see what it’s all about and to ask your questions.