A Conversation About Secular, Western Yoga Meditations

YOGA – The Cultural Challenge
Meditation techniques have been around for thousands of years. Traditional Asian, South and Central American meditations, not surprisingly, have their rituals and deep religious spirituality.
All that is not easily digestible in left-brain-biased, ever more secular Western societies.

The good news
More and more people understand and agree that regular meditation is beneficial for our mental and physical wellbeing, even to our intelligence and our performance at work and in education.

The puzzle
Yet, only a small percentage of those accepting its benefits learn meditating and many will not continue practicing. Why?

The solution to the Cultural Challenge
The good news is that we have Western Yoga Meditation, based on ancient meditation techniques, incorporating aspects of (self) hypnotherapy. It is secular and is free of any rituals. It is easy to learn and is very discreet. Can be practiced anywhere, without anybody around realising that you are actually meditating.

More good news: Noises will help you relax mentally more and more.

Q.: Noises will help me relax? How can this happen?

A.: It is a simple voluntary conditional reflex that your subconscious mind learns to make you relaxed physically and mentally, able to focus on whatever you choose to.

Q.: Is that it? Just a meditation technique?

A.: The Passive (Mindfulness) and Active (Dynamic) meditation techniques are the basic tools in a mental toolbox of the Silva Method Business Training course that is designed to make use more of your mind, make better use of your mental processes. When your thought processes are improved, you act better, make better decisions and have less stress. Silva techniques are simple, practical, easy to learn.

Q.: Where in my life can I use this mental toolbox?

A.: The short answer is, wherever you use your mind today and wherever you want to improve it. You can even  manufacture your own, personal mental tools.

They are particularly useful at work and in education.

Application areas include, but not limited to:

  • Passive and Dynamic meditation to find inner peace and for Stress Management
  • Motivation & creativity for improved performance and job satisfaction
  • Solution-oriented thinking & acting
  • Improve your intuition, to make better decisions
  • Improve office communication and relationships
  • Memory, Comprehension
  • Develop Emotional Intelligence

Q.: Wow! That is a lot! It must take years learning it, doesn’t it?

A.: It is actually a couple of days to complete the Silva Business Training course and then it is up to you, how much you use of it. All you need is your brain and the wisdom of an open mind.

Q.: It must be quite a new thing, I have never heard about it

A.: The first course was in 1966 in the USA. Since then more than millions people completed Silva courses worldwide. It is actively taught in 60 countries around the world, most teaching a Silva Business course as well as public courses. It is the most emulated and copied mind-development tool in the Western world today. Also, the simplest and most comprehensive fundamental guide to your mind.

Q.: What about science?

A.: The last 60 years of Neuro Science and Quantum Physics research have explained how these techniques work. You will learn about that on the course.

Q.: That is cool, so tell me about the MINDFULNESS part…or is it MINDFULLNES?
Everybody is talking about it. I heard that MPs in Westminster can take Mindfulness training and they can put that on their expenses.

A.: That is correct. The UK Government is also running a Mindfulness Introductory pilot project, with over 70 schools participating nationwide.

More and more companies and universities are running Mindfulness seminars for their employees / students. By the way, it is spelt MINDFULNESS.

Q.: Tell me at last, what is Mindfulness?

A.: It is a passive type of meditation (as compared with the dynamic meditation type). You stop thinking about the past and the future and anchor your mind in the NOW. Step out of your own self and become an observer. Forget about judgement and emotions. Just stay curious and observe what you feel now.

Q.: What good does that do to me?

A.: It helps you stop being a worrier. A branch of Mindfulness is called Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT; being taught at Oxford University). It is designed to treat depression. The results are as good if not better than any other treatment, without the negative side-effects. It can both relieve stress and can change our mind’s reaction to stressors, thus acting as a stress-prevention process.

Q.: How does that compare to the Dynamic meditation technique? Which one is better

A.: Neither is better. Horses for courses.
Mindfulness passive meditation is one of the techniques of the so called Mental house-cleaning. It is useful for stress-relief and for depression (always consult your Physician in case of any illness, physical or mental, and use the techniques with the agreement of your doctor). Our mental state is continuously evolving. Sometimes we feel down, then Mindfulness meditation is good. When we need to program for our goals Dynamic meditation is the right tool to use.

Q.: Does Silva Business Course teach both the Passive/Mindfulness and Active/Dynamic meditation?

A.: Yes, it teaches the fundamentals of both. They are both classified as Western Yoga Meditation, as they are secular, free of rituals, designed for Western societies’ left-brain-biased people.

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