To be mindful is to be in the present moment. Mindfulness is not a practice, it is an outcome of meditation.
Practicing mindfulness involves effort. You’re thinking about and concentrating on being in the present moment. Thinking and concentrating use effort, and are exhausting. You’re trying hard to be present.
Vedic Meditation is easy. You close your eyes and repeat a mantra. Your mind settles down and your body rests deeply. You automatically release stress and tiredness.
When you come out of meditation, you are spontaneously aware and in the present.
A lot. Every year more studies come out saying how good meditation is for you, including benefits to health, emotional state, memory and relationships. For an overview and some recent articles see the page on Vedic Meditation.
We teach Vedic Meditation, the form of meditation that our teacher, Thom Knoles, taught for over 25 years within the Transcendental Meditation organizations. TM has been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies showing a wide range of benefits from regular practice. (These studies refer to this form of meditation using the name “Transcendental Meditation” or “TM”.)
The course fee is on a sliding scale according to your circumstances. You can pay in instalments over ten months. We also have special rates for young students.
We work on the fundamental principle that you get from meditation what you put into it. This means you make a meaningful commitment of your time and your resources to learn this ancient knowledge. Your willingness to meet this commitment indicates your understanding of that value.
We’ve taught thousands of people who find the time to meditate every day. We’ve got lots of tips about how to fit this in to very busy lives. And when you’re less anxious and more focused you start to gain time and get stuff done. Including meditation.
The Veda is the umbrella body of knowledge from ancient India. It’s the source of meditation, yoga, Ayurveda and all Eastern philosophy. So Vedic Meditation has that cultural reference point. Yet, the practice itself is a simple mental technique, free of dogma or belief.
We’ve taught people from all the world’s major religions—there is no conflict.