The meditation has provided me with a valuable daily framework and system that I have since applied to my brand consultancy business, enabling greater clarity, priority setting and motivation. A highly worthwhile investment for anyone involved in business.
Dan, Brand Consultant, Geneva
The problem: It is hard to concentrate
In our modern age, we all appear to be a little bit ADHD.
One only has to look at a group of people sitting in the pub, or even in a restaurant, engrossed by their phones rather than their friends to see that this is the reality of life today.
Numerous stimuli flood our lives. And our ability to concentrate, focus, organise and be efficient, as well as the quality of our thinking is all under threat by the stimulation of modern life.
It's like my brain is an overcrowded party, and meditation is making the unwanted guests go away. And so suddenly, instead of having 75 people in a room that holds 50, after a good meditation, the unwanted guests leave, and you are left with a neurological environment that is a lot more manageable.
How can Vedic meditation help?
Meditation helps by giving us a break from the hamster wheel of life, de-escalating the day-to-day dramas and allowing us to think calmly and clearly once more.
If you find it difficult to concentrate, then the last thing you need to be doing is a concentration based meditation practice. It will drive you crackers!
Vedic meditation, on the other hand, is incredibly easy to do. It doesn’t rely on concentration, but utilises a powerful set of simple sounds, called mantras, to help you bypass the busy mind and get into a deeply relaxed state.
If you have a busy day ahead, and lots of tasks to complete, or if you’ve just got home from work and are feeling a bit tired, what your brain benefits from is higher levels of coherence and rest.
Vedic meditation provides enormous levels of energy restoration in the brain and the body. The unique mantra we give you will help your brain achieve a higher degree of coherence.
Further, this greater brainwave coherence allows the regions of the brain associated with learning and concentration to become more active.
As a result, our abilities improve significantly. We experience greater potentiation of our existing neuronal network so that learning is made easier. We also benefit from the formation of new connections between neurons.
At the same time, due to the calming effects of the meditation, we experience less excitation of the nervous system, resulting in less trivial noise in the mind. It means we are better able to concentrate on important tasks, without having to strain.
The less scattered our nervous impulses and the more coherent our thinking, the more capable we are of simultaneously processing lots of information and stimulus, allowing us to stay on-task even in the face of multiple demands.
I was struck by how easy it was to practice the technique. I suddenly had more energy, concentrated better and felt warmer towards other people. I earned a first class degree, which had not previously been on the cards. Meditation was by far the best thing I learned at Oxford. After meditating I feel calm, centred and ready to compete.
Jonathan Rowson, three times British Chess Champion
What's the proof?
The various regions of your brain compete for attention like a bunch of unruly children, demanding to be entertained or fed. So, how does one bring order to this situation?
The commonly reported phenomenon of more ordered thinking when one meditates is likely a result of the greater coherence the meditation delivers as demonstrated by numerous studies using EEG readings.
High levels of elevated EEG coherence equate to high levels of competence. The brain’s orchestrator, the pre-frontal cortex, is free to conduct the neurological orchestra without being inhibited by the alarm system that is the amygdala.
High EEG coherence during this practice has been found to correlate with measures of mental development, emotional stability, self-awareness and self-development as well as corresponding to lower levels of neuroticism and anxiety.
Vedic meditation also works well for children with ADHD as it requires no focus or concentration.