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The art & science of inner calm

Updated: Apr 5

In the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives, finding inner calm can often seem like an elusive dream. The demands of work, relationships, and daily responsibilities often leave us feeling stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. But what if there was a way to tap into a profound sense of tranquility amidst the chaos? Enter the world of meditation, a practice that has been harnessed for centuries to cultivate inner peace and balance.

Meditation is often described as an art because it requires practice as well as patience as you start to deeply understand yourself. It is not about erasing your thoughts or suppressing emotions; rather, it's about observing them without judgment. The key to mastering this art lies, in my experience, in being consistent in practising as well as having a willingness to try out different techniques until you find the right meditation practise for you.

I recommend creating a sacred space for meditation in your home, free from distractions. This could be a cozy corner in your home or a peaceful spot in nature. By carving out a dedicated space, you signal to your mind when you enter that space, that it is time to focus inward.

Breathwork plays a significant role in the art of inner calm as it can guide you into a state of relaxation. Slow, soft, mindful breathing can help soothe the nervous system and support quieting the chatter of the mind.

While meditation is undoubtedly an art, it is also firmly grounded in science. Countless studies have explored the physiological and psychological benefits of meditation, offering a glimpse into why this ancient practice has endured through the ages.

One of the most compelling scientific findings is the impact of meditation on the brain. Regular meditation has been shown to increase the size of the hippocampus, an important area of the brain for memory and learning. Simultaneously, in regular meditators the size of the amygdala has been shown to decrease, and the amygdala is one of the main regions of the brain associated with stress and anxiety. This remodeling of key areas of the brain contributes to a greater sense of inner calm and emotional resilience.

The science of meditation also extends to the body. Regular practise of meditation has been linked to reduced blood pressure, improved immune function as well as enhanced overall well-being.

The journey to inner calm is unique for each individual and in my experience there is no one-size-fits-all approach to meditation. Some may find solace in the use of mantras, visualisations or mindfulness meditation, while others may resonate with loving-kindness meditation or expansiveness meditation. The key is to explore and find what works best for you.

The art and science of inner calm are beautifully intertwined in the practice of meditation. It's a journey that requires dedication and patience, but the rewards are profound. By embracing meditation, we can unlock the power to find serenity within ourselves, no matter how chaotic the world may be. So start by connecting with your breath, find your sacred space, and embark on the path to inner calm. Your inner peace awaits.

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