The Importance of Meditation

A study took place in Lebanon in the 1980s of more than 200 meditators asked to meditate with the intention to lift the energy and raise the vibration Meditation has many benefits, both for the individual, the people around you, even for your community and society in general. Read on to find out how meditation affects your brain waves to influence the energy around you!

Individual Level

There are many benefits to regular meditation practice. It helps the brain to function more coherently on all levels, aids sleep, balances hormones, lowers blood pressure, improves ability to cope with stress, slows the ageing process, promotes clearer thinking so heightens intelligence, gradually awakens natural psychic abilities and strengthens intuition. More synchronicities begin to appear in your life.

When you meditate changes take place in the frontal lobes in the brain. Your brainwaves change from beta (everyday waking consciousness) to alpha (light meditative state) to theta (deeper meditative state). This triggers an array of health benefits as well as heightening our senses. During meditation you detach from your ego self. The frontal lobes become active, enabling the senses to function optimally. We therefore become more intuitive when we meditate regularly.

You will become less affected by external events. Life becomes smoother and more joyful. When you are faced with challenges, solutions pop into your head. You can handle stress more effectively and for longer so that you age more slowly. It is said that if you meditate regularly for 7-12 years, your biological age at the end will be 12 years younger than your chronological age. You will also become more creative and intelligent. Meditation therefore creates happier, more balanced, emotionally resilient individuals – exactly what the world needs more of right now.

Wider Level Beyond the Self

Thoughts of peace and stillness affect the energy around you. If you remain in an enlightened person’s energy field for a while, you will usually exhibit signs of peace and enlightenment yourself. The enlightened person is like a tuning fork – they are able to lift your vibration closer to theirs. It is similar to the idea behind group meditation: when several people come together thinking thoughts of peace and tranquillity, it helps the others in the group to get into the same zone. Your brainwaves become aligned with those of the group. This is why group meditation is more powerful than one person meditating alone.


A New Way of Solving Problems

We are often advised to send positive thoughts to areas of trouble in the world rather than worrying and giving in to fear. When enough people do this together, the results can be amazing. Maybe this should be the way to solve conflict from now on rather than starting wars?

If you go beyond your own mind, you step into the infinite mind which is connected to everything and everyone which is simultaneously observing everything. This is the state of Oneness which serious meditators are trying to reach.

Meditation is certainly growing in popularity right now with the recognition of the value of mindfulness by health professionals. Meditation is also being offered in many work places and is used by athletes to help them become more focused. There are now programmes to take meditation into schools, introducing a whole new generation to a spiritual practice that can not only boost health and wellbeing but will also ultimately make their world a better, more peaceful place. After all, a peaceful world starts with peaceful individuals.


Helen is running a Meditation for Grounding and Focus Workshop on Sat 21st April 2018 at 15 Wheeler Gate, Nottingham, 10.30am-1pm, including break for refreshments. £20 per person. For further information or to make a booking, please ring 07748 591690 or email her at   (This workshop is now fully booked.)

Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Healer/Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at 15 Wheeler Gate in Nottingham city centre. Helen offers several healing treatments such as Reiki, Angelic Reiki, Faery Reiki, Angel Therapy, Fairy Blessing Guided Journey and Crystal Chakra Balancing; holistic therapies including Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Back Massage, Hopi Ear Candles & Facials; as well as Usui Reiki and Faery Reiki training courses and tarot readings. She has been on the spiritual path for 18 years and has extensive knowledge of healing and the healing journey. For further information about her Reiki courses, therapies and workshops, please visit her website or visit and ‘like’ her Facebook page Helen Shortland Holistics & Healing.


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