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We are a Department of Health supported Social Enterprise offering simple, modern, evidence-based, non-religious Meditation and Mindfulness courses & retreats (including at our own centre in France). We focus solely on:

Health & Wellbeing
Education
Community & Society
Business

Our courses are informal and relaxed but modern and professional and we aim to make the extensive benefits of meditation affordable and easily accessible. Everyone is different and people learn differently - so we focus on introducing you to various simple techniques that anyone can learn and which will empower you to improve you own health, wellbeing and life We introduce meditation in a simple and enjoyable way – including sitting on comfortable chairs, rather than cross-legged, on the floor.

Our courses are offered to the public direct. We also work with GPs; healthcare providers; educational institutions; social/community groups; private and local authority health clubs and also businesses. All course revenues go to support our work. We invite you to read further, to see what distinguishes us.

Dr Craig Hassed, senior lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at Melbourne's Monash University, says: "Meditation is a great adjunct for a lot of things, from chronic pain to improving sleep, helping reduce blood pressure and coping with stress, anxiety and depression."

New York Times 2007 Recent research has shown that meditation is good for the brain. It appears to increase grey matter, improve the immune system, reduce stress and promote a sense of wellbeing.

BBC News Meditation lowers blood pressure –News report (August 1999). Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia discovered people who practise transcendental meditation daily had significantly lower blood pressure than those who did not.

CNN, July 2000 and referencing the March edition of the journal Stroke Practising meditation may play an important role in controlling certain risk factors for heart disease. Practice for 20 minutes a day has a positive, measurable effect on the build up of fatty deposits in arteries or atherosclerosis…just a small reduction could reduce the risk of heart attack by 11 % and reduce the risk of stroke by 15%.

Dr Tim Robinson. Beaminster, West Dorset (Founding Fellow of the Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health) Thank you very much for your meditation instruction session at my surgery - an amazing opportunity and experience. Personally I found the evening fascinating and rewarding.

American Heart Association journal People with high blood pressure may want to medicate and meditate

There is significant data that meditation can enhance healing – Executive Director, Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, University of Massachusetts

BBC News (Feb 2003) Meditation ‘good for the brain’ Scientists say they have found evidence that meditation has a biological effect on the body.  A small-scale study suggests it could boost parts of the brain and the immune system. It is now catching on worldwide as a means to reduce stress or to help with pain.

Arthritis Today magazine Recent studies suggest meditation may balance the immune system to help the body resist disease. Many doctors today are recommending meditation; it is taught in many clinics, hospitals and HMOs, and is endorsed by universities such as Harvard and Stanford. It is becoming an accepted therapy for many conditions; some insurance providers are even paying for it because it doesn’t require medications, special equipment, or lengthy doctor’s visits.

Dr Adrian White, University of Exeter There is increasing evidence that meditation is a useful and, for some, a powerful therapy. As quoted in BBC News report Feb 2003.

BBC News (November 2009) Meditation ‘eases heart disease’. The American Heart Association said they had randomly assigned 201 African Americans to meditate or to make lifestyle changes. After nine years, the meditation group had a 47% reduction in deaths, heart attacks and strokes. The research was carried out by the Medical College of Wisconsin with the Maharishi University in Iowa.

Arthritis Today For those with arthritis, the ability of a meditation practice to relieve pain and change the quality of one’s life has great potential and all it takes is a few moments daily to quietly refocus and be in a moment of peace.

US News (November 2009) Meditation is no longer just for the groovy folk. A just published study in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests the practice may bring cardiovascular and mental-health benefits… subjects in the meditation group who were at increased risk for hypertension significantly lowered their blood pressure.

Times Online Meditation therapy should be routinely available on the NHS to treat recurring depression and to help tackle Britain’s growing mental health problems, according to a new report. The study, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation, found that fewer than one in 20 GPs prescribed meditation therapy for patients suffering depression, despite NHS guidance suggesting that it could halve depression relapse rates.

Dr G Johnson, GP and Research Director, Stopsley Medical PracticeThe Meditation Foundation's course is ideally suited to an NHS setting because of its emphasis on the health benefits which are well supported by research. The course would be useful for anyone, but will be of particular value to patients who have stress-related health problems.

Jane Edwards, Patient Support Group Co-ordinator for Cullompton Medical Practice.The Meditation Foundation teacher presented the evening very well and quickly instilled a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere and soon got down to business by introducing the meditation styles and getting everyone to put it into practice, without sitting crossed legged on the floor! It was a very successful evening.

The Meditation Foundation led a meditation workshop for the partners and staff at our surgery - even the sceptical member who never relaxes was able to gain the experience of being in a meditation state by the end of the afternoon. Dr A Sikorski

From being total sceptic after just one evening, I became intrigued and fascinated. Thank you. Dr Iwona Pagoda

You're sessions were excellently tailored and run with a quiet and sensible expertise that could only come from a wealth of knowledge and experience. Dr Peter Spurrier

I had attended meditation courses before, but never really engaged with the idea. Stuart's method appealed to me because the ideas he put forward made it much easier for me to stay focussed.  Since attending this session, I have been amazed at the difference that this has made to my working day. Dr Gina Johnson

The meditation is going great! I can really feel the benefits and moreover really enjoy it. Dr D Anderson.

Female First magazine Singer Gabriella Cilmi enrolled in meditation classes to cure her crippling stage fright.  The singer suffered severe nerves every time she had to perform in front of an audience But she has found the perfect way to overcome her anxiety - she relaxes by meditating every day.

New Scientist (Nov 2005) Meditating does more than just feel good and calm you down, it makes you perform better.

Science Now magazine, Meditation halves risk of heart attack (Nov 2009) Meditation can cut the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death by almost 50% in patients with existing coronary heart disease, according to a new clinical trial. The findings indicate that relaxation and mental focusing can be as effective as powerful new drugs in treating heart disease.

Nurse.com (Feb 2010) Meditation is gaining new respect among neurologists, psychiatrists and others who study the brain. An increasing volume of scientific study is not only showing that meditation helps reduce stress, but is offering some physiological clues about why it might be beneficial to the body and brain.

Nurse.com (Feb 2010) Recent studies of mindfulness meditation have shown evidence it may bolster the immune system and slow the progression of disease in patients with HIV/AIDS, improve blood pressure and reduce psychological distress in young adults, improve the emotional well-being and mental health of breast cancer patients, and be as effective as medications in treating insomnia.

Daily Telegraph (March 2010) Meditation is now moving into the boardroom, with studies showing that it improves concentration workers are now being encouraged to tune in and chill out.

USA Today (Aug 2009) Meditation being used in hospitals and schools. ….Studies suggest the practice can ease pain, improve concentration and immune function, lower blood pressure, curb anxiety and insomnia, and possibly even help prevent depression.

Guardian (May 2005) Meditation leads to longer life

www.NHS.uk/news There is now hard evidence that meditation can cut stress, newspapers reported October 10 2007

Daily Mail “five short sessions of meditation could be enough to help us achieve piece of mind”.

The Daily Telegraph “after meditation training of 20 minutes once a day for only five days, people, had measurably less anxiety and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

www.nhs.uk Meditation lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol

Meditation has been described as the best gift in life you can give yourself – we agree. It’s not hard to learn, is amazing and brings so many benefits. People learn meditation for many different reasons - to find peace, calm and stability; to become more aware of themselves and their interaction with others; to improve their health; to improve their mental capacity; to find time for themselves; to meditate in the peaceful company of others… There are many valid reasons why a person would want to meditate and one of its many beauties is that as your meditation practice becomes established, you start to realise how many more there are.

Once learnt, it is something you can access easily for the rest of your life, at any time you choose. It is empowering - you don’t need to pay out money each week; you don’t need to travel anywhere; there’s no equipment or fees – in fact, all you need is a little time each day (just 10 minutes a day is beneficial).

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