I’ve always been curious about meditation and mindfulness, but certain it wasn’t for me, because I am rubbish at visualisations (“picture a calm stream in a forest”) and I’ve never yet managed to achieve that blissful state of an empty mind.
All of this makes me a prime candidate for Katherine May’s book. She promises no-stress meditation, and she delivers exactly this. A clearly described ‘no frills’ methodology which requires no special equipment, no particular spirituality and you don’t have to be able to get in to the lotus position. As Katherine herself describes it – “I had hacked meditation to work for me”
If you’ve tried and failed at other methods of meditation it’s hard to believe it can be this simple, but it really is.
No-stress meditation introduces itself with the methodology above, then talks about the history of meditation, its benefits, and breaks down some of the common myths.
Then comes the real meat – Katherine describes her approach to a meditation session and how to personalise it – covering such ground as where and when to meditate (and how frequently), setting and using your focus, getting in and out of the meditative state, and resting afterwards. These are all discussed in simple but unpatronising terms, explaining why each part is important and suggesting how to adjust things to suit you.
The third section of the book is for troubleshooting, answering common issues and helping you iron out the kinks in your meditation routine.
So – does it work? Well, it seems to be taking for me. I’ve been a bit lax in sticking to my routine but I’ve certainly found the methodology helps me achieve a meditative state, and when I bother to do it I certainly feel that lovely level of calmer. I would say to anyone looking to incorporate some meditation ‘me time’ in to their lives to give it a go, anyway.
Thank you to Katherine for the review copy of her book