What is Vedic Meditation?
Vedic Meditation is a simple and effortless daily practice that absolutely anyone can learn.
The Vedic technique
Vedic Meditation is a silent mantra based meditation, practiced twice a day for 20 minutes. It can be practiced anywhere, anytime, sitting comfortably, with your back supported.
Many types of meditation ask you to rid your mind of thoughts. The Vedic technique approaches things differently. It understands thought to be a natural and acceptable response of the mind. There is no controlling, no forcing, no concentrating and no chanting. Simply, gentle effortlessness, which we teach you how to achieve.
Using a personalised mantra, we transcend beyond active thinking into more subtle and quiet aspects of our mind. The term ‘transcending’ refers to the experience of the mind naturally moving beyond thought to experience deeper states of awareness.
Each time we meditate we revitalise the mind and dissolve stress, tension and fatigue from the body, allowing us to operate from a place that is calm, clear and creative.
The Vedic Tradition
‘Vedic’ is an English version of the Sanskrit word ‘Veda,’ meaning ‘to know’.
This technique and its teachings draw from the Veda, a 5000+ year-old body of wisdom derived from India. The Veda is the source of all knowledge governing the unity of human consciousness, the laws of nature, meditation, yoga and Ayurveda.
What are the benefits of a daily practice?
You can expect to feel the benefits of deep rest and expansion after your very first session. The benefits then continue to exponentially increase as you make meditation a daily practice. Some people notice big changes immediately in the quality of their thinking and relaxation of the body. For others it’s a gradual experience of heightened self-awareness and increased of energy.
Benefits can include:
Reduced stress, anxiety and fatigue
Improved concentration, focus & memory
Increased energy and resilience
Improved creative intelligence & motivation
Ability to make high-speed accurate decisions
Ability to stay calm under pressure
Strengthening of the immune system
Normalisation of blood pressure & cholesterol
Improvement in physical and psychological health
Greater levels of self-awareness
Improved sleep & relief from insomnia
Improved relationships with self and others
Improved sexual relationships
A greater sense of joy, compassion and happiness
Questions we get asked a lot.
I am too busy to meditate
We hear this all of the time! We each have 24 hours in a day to work with. We believe that where you choose to invest your times, determines what you learn, experience and receive from life.
Both ancient wisdom and modern science recommends an investment of time in meditation to experience a profound impact on your eyes open state (the rest of your life).
We have taught Vedic Meditation to the busiest of the busy and we ensure to collaboratively and creatively find space in your day for your practice, whatever the demands and schedule you face.
We invest 3% of our day (2 x 20 minute sessions) in meditation to enhance the other 97%.
Did you know the average Australian invests more than 8% of their day on social media, alone?
WILL I HAVE TO CHANGE MY LIFE AND GIVE UP THINGS LIKE COFFEE AND ALCOHOL?
No, you don’t have to give up anything! Other than adding meditation to your day, we don’t ask you to change a thing about your lifestyle.
Do I need any prior meditation experience to learn?
Absolutely not. We teach everyone from complete newbies to experienced meditators, who are seeking an alternate or deeper meditation experience. We teach children through to adults with no prior experience or prerequisites required.
Why should I meditate?
We have never been more exposed to a constant streams of information, stimuli and a never ending ream of demands and expectations. As life continues to throw more and more our way, it becomes increasingly difficult for our minds and body to effectively and healthily process this.
Meditation is a powerful antidote to the negative impact of stress on our minds, bodies and lives. Each time we meditate, we restore the intricate mind-body connection, allowing us to operate from a place that is more calm, clear and creative.
Meditation connects us to the part of ourselves beyond our thoughts, emotions, intellect and judgment. It is this place of ‘being’ where we access our truest essence; and the source of life, creativity and love itself.
Each time we sit to meditate, we become more available to our life, the present moment, to our loved ones and to ourselves.
DO I ACTUALLY NEED A MEDITATION TEACHER?
Personal instruction with a teacher face-to-face really is the best way to learn. The mind can be complex, layered and full of paradoxes. Having an experienced teacher who has been trained to understand its complexity and show you how to navigate this can save you confusion and misunderstanding whilst also providing ongoing support for the lifetime duration of practice.
A true teacher will make you confident in your own self-sufficiency - not to depend on them or a device. Online courses and apps can be a great way to start your meditation journey, however learning face-to-face with a qualified teacher will always give you a deeper and richer experience.
How is Vedic Meditation different?
Other systems of meditation typically involve concentration or control of the mind. Vedic Meditation on the other hand is an easy and effortless style that absolutely anyone can learn.
There is no need to control the mind or body or to empty the mind of thoughts. We are not trying to create a perfect state of stillness and silence. We simply sit comfortably, with our backs supported. No uncomfortable ‘lotus’ style positions required. Instead we create the perfect conditions for the mind to expand and the body to rest, restoring and revitalising the intricate mind-body connection.
Unlike other techniques, Vedic Meditation requires no other tools. No apps, no meditation cushions, no ‘drop in’ classes.
Why do you charge for your courses?
House of Bhāvanā charges for meditation courses and our other offerings because we believe they have true value. Our students invest in themselves when they pay for an outcome-based education in ancient wisdom for modern living. We believe meditation is no longer considered self-indulgent and remains the origin of creativity, energy, clarity and calm in ones life.
We provide the techniques, tools and confidence for students to establish a daily meditation practice, that is both enjoyable and life enhancing. Once learnt, this practice will serve you for life. We recognise your meditation practice will shift and evolve as life does hence we provide ongoing lifetime support to ensure your practice grows with you. The tools we teach make life tangibly better for our students and those around them.