Master of vedic meditation, Gary Gorrow led a Meditation Masterclass at Eden at the Canberra Centre recently, and it was undoubtedly the best meditation I have ever had. Afterwards, I opened my eyes and thought to myself, “Ah, so that’s what it’s supposed to feel like!”
I’m going to chalk it up to a few factors: 1. Gary’s soothing voice, 2. the blissful surrounds of Eden, 3. the glass of champagne I was sipping on… but in all seriousness, it was Gary’s way of explaining and guiding meditation that I really connected with.
I caught up with Gary to find out more about Vedic Meditation and how it can benefit our health.
“Don’t be intimated. Meditation is a very simple and innocent act of turning your awareness within.”
What separates Vedic Meditation from other forms of meditation?
Meditation takes many forms all of which have merit. Vedic Meditation is a profoundly effortless technique that allows you to dive into a deep meditative state without any effort or hard work. The technique is ancient in origin and involves sitting comfortably for 20 minutes with the eyes closed, during which time you use a mantra or sound, which becomes the medium which spontaneously leads the mind into a deep meditative state.
The process is enjoyable and automatic. Anyone can learn it, no specific skills or experience is required because each human being has the innate capacity to experience the meditative state. It’s simply requires the right technique and refined instruction then it happens of it’s own accord.
What is the number one piece of advice you’d give to people who are new to meditation?
Don’t be intimated. Meditation is a very simple and innocent act of turning your awareness within. The goal is not to arrive somewhere or to try to stop thinking, but more to allow the settling down of the mind into a natural state of being. The key things to remember would to be gentle with the process and don’t fight your thoughts. When you offer no resistance to the mind it will naturally settle down.
“The mind is the basis of our subjectivity and if it happens to fall out of balance then we feel awkward to say the least. However when the mind is made coherent we naturally feel optimistic, happy and creative.“
How does meditation complement other things we do for our wellness, like movement and eating well?
I think our society has come a long way, wellbeing is a major trend throughout the world now. The vast majority of people have come to appreciate the value such things as diet, exercise, nutrition have on our wellbeing. But there is still so much stress and dissatisfaction in the world and one of the reasons is that we have been missing a piece in the wellbeing puzzle.
That missing element is consciousness. Through my personal journey I have come to understand the great power the mind has in shaping how we experience life. The mind is the basis of our subjectivity and if it happens to fall out of balance then we feel awkward to say the least. However when the mind is made coherent we naturally feel optimistic, happy and creative. We all have a mind and much like our bodies it needs certain things to function optimally, yet we do practically nothing to enhance our mental state. Television and red wine don’t count! Science has shown deep meditation helps to resets the mind and develop the nervous system so it is wise to think holistically and do what every we can to merge body, mind, consciousness and promote the flowering of life.
“I don’t have time” is an excuse we often use when it comes to practices like meditation. Why is meditation so important to fit into our often busy schedules?
I’ll answer that with an expression, ‘If you don’t have time to meditate for 20 minutes then you should do it for 1 hour.’