Is not about changing yourself into someone else, or even becoming a better version of you. It is about deeply relaxing and appreciating what you already have. In that sense it is a training in awareness and a healthy and meaningful view on your life.
Are carefully designed for you to find new opportunities and ways of acting. Each workshop will touch upon a specific topic that we work through in-depth. We use tools such as dialogue, writing, painting and body practices to arrive at our goal; a deeper sense of understanding, connection and well-being.
This is what you will get from meditation
- The tools: Different meditation techniques and approaches that resonate with your needs and abilities. Meditation is much more than sitting on a cushion and watching your breath with your eyes closed
- The view: Through meditation techniques you will come closer to another way of engaging with your thoughts, emotions and environment. When we talk about the view we also look at how you can practise during what we call ‘post meditation’. These are times you just do your daily activities.
Meditation has shown to have many positive effects and is a working remedy to modern society’s main mental afflictions; distraction disturbances, anxiety, depression and sense of alienation.
Meditation is not about changing yourself into someone else, or even becoming a better version of you. It is about deeply relaxing with and appreciating what you already have. It is training in awareness and a healthy and meaningful view on your life.
What will change is the way you relate to your life and step-by-step transforming it into a more wholesome and relaxed form. This change is what Buddhist psychology calls changing ‘The view’. A by-product of changes in the view can be an experience of calmness in your mind. However, training in meditation with the aim of becoming more relaxed is very modest if we compare to what kind of changes meditation training has the potential of generating. Having a daily meditation practise means to radically change the way you view your life and yourself towards an ultimate positive direction.
To train in meditation you need a qualified meditation teacher, who hasn’t only studied but has years of experiences. In these kind of practises someone with one or two years of experience is a drop in the sea. The teacher should understand that the meditation practise is a tool. But even though this tool in some instances has proven effective in calming us down, the goal of the practise is to relate to ourselves from a place of health and safety. The goal is to change our perspective on our life in a radical way. A qualified teacher will know that meditation is not only one thing, and that it can’t stand alone but needs a thorough psychological knowledge and training in compassion to get the desired results.
When all elements come together meditation will deliver a change in perspective that will penetrate all of your activities, feelings and thoughts. Meditation will deliver enhanced awareness, wisdom and a sense of space that will enable vast growth.
For beginners: 3 myth busters and advice
- Myth: Meditation will make me relaxed. Fact: Actually, In order to meditate you need to be relaxed first. Many people think that meditation is a relaxation technique. It can be, but in most practises you need to be fully relaxed before you meditate. Which is why many relaxing techniques off and on the cushion is part of your practise.
- Myth: To meditate I need to have a zen-like empty environment. Fact: When you meditate you are taking a life-transforming journey. You bring all of yourself and need all the help you can get. Create a very personal and comfortable space for your meditation practise. Decorate your meditation area, make it special, put candles, inspirational pictures and quotes. Put picture of people you want to include, who inspire you and help you. Your aim is to create a lifelong daily habit of transformation.
- Myth: Meditation is to sit down and watch your breath. Fact: A meditation practise has many components. It has a clearly structured beginning, a middel and an end. In order to make it strong and sustainable you need to be sharp on your intention before you meditate. Why are you doing this? Be honest and real. But don’t be humble; dream big, make you intention as big as the sky. Like: “I meditate to become more aware and sane so I can change the suffering of this entire world. I will overthrow all disturbances in myself and others.” A BIG intention creates unlimited space and possibilities for progress. It will carry you through many years of practise into more openness and focus. Unlimited space will arrive in your mind. You can of course always start small with the aspiration to go big.
I host workshops that are designed see your life from a perspective that motivates a longed for transformation. We are unfolding our spirit and practising ways of living a wholehearted and courages life. We will be working from to re-establish vitality and aliveness.. For we only have this precious life and the point is to feel fully alive in it.
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Anja works from a place of authenticity, attention, and care, so you feel creative and open to explore, connect and reconnect. Through workshops and retreats she establishes a caring container where you engage in a dialogue with yourself about what is important, through writing, visual art and body practises.