Ever felt anxious, stressed out, or like life is taking you on a never-ending roller-coaster ride with no apparent rest point? Or have you found it inexplicably difficult to focus your energies and get the job done? Or perhaps you've simply felt pulled in so many directions that you don't feel at peace with yourself.
Maybe all you need is a little meditation.
This Wednesday at the Queen's Park Savannah, a global group called Peace Revolution is holding a free meditation session in the Queen's Park Savannah at 5 pm. Everyone is invited.
Peace Revolution is a worldwide peace network that was born in 2008 in Thailand. They promote a culture of peace through personal transformation using meditation as the main tool. They are currently in the middle of a tour around Latin America and the Caribbean. They are in T&T from March 17-19, giving a series of meditation workshops.
Meditation isn't reserved for Hindu yogis or Buddhist monks. Anyone can do it and benefit from the stress-busting effects. Meditation can help you the next time your co-worker acts like an idiot. It can help control angry impulses, and is a useful technique for distancing yourself from your burdens for a while, to gain a little respite and perspective, say practitioners.
As personal trainer Daniel Wallen shares in his blog, "A moment of silence can serve you in so many ways that it would be silly not to do it."
The Peace Revolution aims to help people on an inward quest, to discover and cultivate a lasting, self-sustaining happiness. Through personal change, they believe we can all become "humane change agents," affecting life outside us in a positive way.
"If you would like to start revolutionising yourself, we would like to challenge you to practice at least 30 minutes of Inner Peace Time per day," Peace Revolution agents say:
"Many of you who have never meditated before will wonder what you are doing, why you are doing it, or what is the value of meditating. Please be open-minded and trust yourself! There is no right or wrong answer on this scale and meditation is, as they say, a win-win situation."
When we meditate, we recharge the mind and body so that we have more energy to do good things for ourselves and for others, say Peace Revolution practitioners. The group teaches people one of the simplest forms of meditation: Dhammakaya meditation, focussing the mind at the centre of the body, stopping the mind and bringing everything to a point of stillness within.
Meditation has been shown to have many effects. Physically, it increases blood flow and slows the heart; it's good for people with high blood pressure; it decreases muscle tension; it helps PMS; it enhances the immune system; it relaxes our nervous systems and harmonises our endocrine systems.
Psychologically, meditation increases serotonin levels; helps resolve fears; increases creativity; helps learning ability and memory; helps us ignore the petty issues; and can help us make more accurate judgements. It helps regulate emotions, calms us down, and with practice, can help us be honest with ourselves. And spiritually, the Peace Revolution says meditation helps us keep things in perspective; helps us discover our purpose; and helps us to learn forgiveness and love.