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I am very pleased to be announcing that on the 8th of October I (Nathan) will be starting a new meditation group in Oakham. This group is open to anyone of any age  with or without meditation experience, you will not need to sit or lay down in any unusual positions the meditations will be carried out whilst seated!

When and where will this be taking place?

Monday nights from 19:30 to 21:00 commencing October the 8th (currently booked for 8 consecutive Mondays)

It will be taking place in a lovely little hall on Gaol Street. (near the Elephant room and Tesco).

Quaker Meeting House
Gaol Street
OAKHAM
LE15 6AQ
Cost £4 per week or £3 concessions. (if you would like to attend and this is unattainable  then please contact me)
These sessions will be heavily weighted towards the practical side of meditating, we will practice more traditional disciplined meditations as well as guided inspiring visualizations and breathing exercises, our goal will be to relax, to enjoy and to gain better control and understanding of ourselves.
There are limited spaces for this group so if you would like to attend and avoid disappointment please contact me and reserve your space.
Tel :- 07879688464
email :- nathan@rutlandsanctuary.co.uk
Why Should I meditate?…Because Bruce Lee says so that’s why!
Meditation has benefited me in so many ways where the physical and mental benefits are widely accepted and reported the biggest effect that it has had on me is inspiration and motivation, its hard for me to put into words that do it justice but luckily many great people have walked this path and here are some of their words……
We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. –Alan Watts
Through meditation and by giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose. –Eknath Easwaran
Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are. –Ani Pema Chodron
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
Bruce Lee
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom. –Buddha
Meditation gives us peace of mind without a tranquilizer. And unlike a tranquilizer, the peace of mind that we get from meditation does not fade away. It lasts for good in some corner of the inmost recesses of our aspiring heart. –Sri Chinmoy
The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime. –Sogyal Rinpoche

Whenever you try to exert control over the natural ebb and flow of life, you end up either frustrated or disappointed because it can’t be controlled. Whenever you apply effort to trying to relax and slow down, you produce the opposite effect. Whenever you try to dictate the outcome of your meditation you negate its most wondrous benefit the pleasure of simply being.- Paul Wilson the quiet

Meditation increases your vitality and strengthens your intelligence; your beauty is enhanced; your mental clarity and health improve. You acquire the patience and fortitude to face any problem in life. So, meditate! Only through meditation will you find the treasure you are seeking.

Mata Amritanandamay

What the doctors and scientists say

Physical and health benefits of meditation

As meditation has become more well-known in the West, scientists have begun to quantify its physical benefits in hundreds of studies.

Significant benefits have been found for many health conditions, including heart disease, cholesterol, high blood pressure, insomnia, chronic pain, cancer, and immunity. Because meditation is a low-cost intervention with no side-effects, it shows promise for relief of a wide range of societal and health problems.

• In a study of health insurance statistics, meditators had 87% fewer hospitalizations for heart disease, 55% fewer for benign and malignant tumors, and 30% fewer for infectious diseases. The meditators had more than 50% fewer doctor visits than did non-meditators.(1)

• Meditation lowers blood pressure to levels comparable to prescription drugs for those who are normal to moderately hypertensive.(2)

• Meditation increases circulation in beginning meditators by 30%, and in experienced meditators by as much as 65%.(3)

• Meditation has endorsed by the NIH as effective for the relief of chronic pain. Chronic pain sufferers experience a reduction in symptoms of 50% or more.(4)

• 75% of long-term insomniacs who have been trained in relaxation, meditation, and simple lifestyle changes can fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed.(5)

• Meditation reduces blood sugar levels in diabetics.(6)

• A group of inner-city residents suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, diabetes and hypertension were trained in meditation. They experienced a 50% reduction in overall psychiatric symptoms, a 70% decrease in anxiety, and a 44% reduction in medical symptoms.(7)


So don’t take my word for it take theirs! What I can say is that If you practise regularly, the benefits of meditation will promote a sense of calm and control, you’ll feel far more relaxed and happy. Your ability to concentrate will be greater. You won’t become stressed about things and you’ll feel more peaceful and relaxed about everything. One of the greatest benefits of meditation is learning to go with the flow and things that used to irritate you before simply become insignificant.

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Firstly if you suffer from Anxiety or Panic attacks please know that you are not going mad! As severe illogical and debilitating that these attacks are you must always remember that you are not coming unhinged and that you can and will beat this. If you are a relative or friend of someone who has attacks you are not as powerless as it may seem and just your being there even in the background will help the person suffering immeasurably, do not underestimate the fear that a panic attack can induce and forgive the sufferer their words and actions, the fight or flight mode does take hold and  can be hurtful to those we love most.

What is a Panic Attack ( Medical language )

While the various symptoms of a panic attack may cause the person to feel that their body is failing, it is in fact protecting itself from harm. The various symptoms of a panic attack can be understood as follows. First, there is frequently (but not always) the sudden onset of fear with little provoking stimulus. This leads to a release of adrenaline which brings about the so-called fight or flight response wherein the person’s body prepares for strenuous physical activity. This leads to an increased heart rate, rapid breathing (hyperventilation) which may be perceived as shortness of breath, and sweating (which increases grip and aids heat loss). Because strenuous activity rarely ensues, the hyperventilation leads to a drop in carbon dioxide levels in the lungs and then in the blood. This leads to shifts in blood pH (respiratory alkalosis or hypocapnia), which in turn can lead to many other symptoms, such as tingling or numbness, dizziness, burning and lightheadidness. Moreover, the release of adrenaline during a panic attack causes vasoconstriction resulting in slightly less bloodflow to the head which causes dizziness and lightheadedness. A panic attack can cause blood sugar to be drawn away from the brain and towards the major muscles. It is also possible for the person experiencing such an attack to feel as though they are unable to catch their breath, and they begin to take deeper breaths, which also acts to decrease carbon dioxide levels in the blood. ( source wikipedia )

Put simply ( Nathans Language )

A stimulus ( very often tiny and unnoticeable/avoidable ) triggers fear inside you, when a person gets scared the body releases chemicals to pump you up so that you can defeat or escape whatever has confronted you, you don’t actually burn up this chemical and so it courses through your body and its effects are amplified by the fact that your senses have been heightened making the situation seem much worse! This in turn causes more fear and we enter the awful spiral.

What Causes Panic/Anxiety attacks?

There are lists of things that cause panic and anxiety attacks, these include genetics, medications, lack of exercise…..etc.

Full lists are found readily on the web, eg. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_attack , but in my experience ( both my own and that of my patients) these attacks come about with little pattern, sometimes while we are under duress other times just when we are getting dressed or going about our day to day lives. We are all different and our situation and coping methods vary, but we are all have the same human vehicle and its this vehicle that releases the drugs that control the mind.

How to Deal with and overcome Panic/Anxiety attacks

1. Acknowledge and understand what is happening to you; This for me was key, tell yourself ok i am having an attack i have dealt with these before and it WILL pass, realise that you simply have adrenaline in your system and that it is no different to caffeine alcohol or any other drug and the effects will wear off. ( if you can do this then it stops you re panicking and thereby releasing another espresso of adrenaline into your system! )

2. Occupy or still your mind; Both are effective and the best occupiers are productive activities and menial chores do the washing up or ironing, the opposite method is to still your mind and meditation is the best way to do this. Take time to learn a basic meditation, the more that you repeat this meditation the more familiar the head state will become and the more mental control you will gain. Whatever the situation allows and whatever suits the individual but always remember IT WILL PASS, you have beaten it before.

3. Improve your lifestyle and look inside yourself; Ultimately you are the one that will beat this and some introspection is needed. Panic attacks don’t tend to stay with people for their whole life’s and will pass given time but why not help this process.

Let common sense prevail so if you are out on the tiles 5 nights a week cut back, if you work 70 hours a week cut back, if you are worried about a situation share your worries with a loved one or even seek counseling, your G.P. will be able to offer you this service and will have seen many many people in your situation. DO NOT beat yourself up for this you are not weak because of it, it is a common modern illness.

  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Sleep
  • Slow down mentally
  • Respect yourself
  • Share your troubles

 

Good Luck

I hope that this reaches its intended audience, of all the things that i have suffered in my life Anxiety/Panic is the one that i would least like to revisit, in feeling the power of the mind to debilitate you though you should see that it has equal power to repair you and improve your life, please try and stay positive i genuinely believe that your outlook on life can help massively to keep you healthy and well, and please don’t suffer in silence, good luck.

A little about myself and my experience with Anxiety/Panic can be found here.http://rutlandsanctuary.co.uk/nathan-ticehurst.html