Meditation is a spiritual practice that originated in the East. It involves deep relaxation and breathing techniques that focus the mind, boost self-awareness and allow for a clearer, more balanced outlook on life.
Stuart Bold, founder of The Meditation Foundation, started his career in London and New York as a lawyer before deciding to pack it all in to go and live on a secluded beach in Mexico.
While he focused on ‘the pursuits of the heart’, as he put it, Bold mastered the art of meditation and became aware of its’ huge range of cognitive, wellbeing and health benefits.
Upon his return to civilization, Bold applied to the Department of Health’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund to start a business capitalising on the powers of meditation.
In 2009 the project was launched, offering courses and retreats for people who wanted to learn simple, evidence-based, non-religious meditation techniques.
As the health benefits of meditation become clearer, more and more researchers across the world have been taking an interest. Recently the International Journal of Neuroscience found that people who had meditated regularly for five years or more were physiologically 12 years younger than their actual age.
‘After meditating, levels of the stress hormone cortisol are significantly reduced. Many medical journals have reported significant reductions in blood pressure and improved blood glucose and insulin levels,” explains Bold.
The power of the mind is a subject that continues to baffle scientists and everyday new evidence emerges revealing the benefits of positive thinking. Hypnotherapy combines the power of the mind with medical practice to offer clients alternative ways to overcome emotional and physical issues.
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