Vedic Meditation

Who. What. When. Where. Why…But Not in that Order

Why Vedic Meditation?

There are myriad forms of meditation, multiple mindfulness apps and a bevy of places to “drop in” to calm the mind. Each offers something unique, but what makes Vedic Meditation stand apart is its rich history and ethos. Vedic Meditation is about the integration of life. The foundational practice is simple, but can be expanded to all facets of daily living—or not—as one likes. It’s simple because it is intended for “house-holders”: people with jobs, families, obligations and the desire to live a rich life rather than a monastic one. Integration breeds stability which yields capacity: for joy, evolution and creative intelligence in the face of all obstacles.

Whom is it for?

Vedic Meditation is relevant for anyone looking to fully potentiate themselves. VM quiets the nervous system by triggering a deep--or transcendent state--that proves 2-5 times more restful (in 20 minutes) than 5 hours sleep. From deep rest, springs great possibility--for creativity, productivity and resilience. The physiological benefits, alone, are compelling with peer-reviewed studies illuminating a litany of physical benefits including improved sleep/insomnia, lowered blood pressure, increased energy and reduction in anxiety/depression. A comprehensive list of physical benefits resides in the link below.


What exactly is it? What Makes it different?

Vedic Meditation originated in the Himalayas approximately 10,000 years ago and remains eminently relevant in a modern, stress laden world. The practice consists of twice daily, 20 minute sessions where one utilizes a personalized mantra (or sound) that coaxes the body into a deeply restful state that purges stress. Stress release makes space in the body/mind for bliss, creativity and adaptability in all things.

The practice is taught over 4 consecutive days. The first day consists of a private gratitude ceremony during which the personalized mantra is conferred. Participants meet jointly on subsequent days to learn the science and philosophy of how to meditate so that—upon completion of the course—participants are self-sufficient meditators who can access deep rest on their own without relying on a teacher or an app.

But Why Exactly Should I…?

There is never one, succinct reason to meditate. Some come to calm themselves and others to contemplate the meaning of life. At its core, Vedic Meditation provides a daily return to tabula rasa: trading stress and suffering for bliss and dynamic possibility. Thusly, it can be said that VM is a natural prerequisite for all other living and learning: for the more one roots herself in inner being, the more that joy and self-knowing flower in her life and all she endeavors. Stress is inevitable; staying stressed is not.

Vedic Meditation reveals that joy--unfettered inner contentedness deriving from nowhere but everywhere, not from a thing but from all things--is every human-merely-being’s birthright.


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