Too busy to meditate? That’s why you need to!

What do Oprah, Martin Scorsese, Hugh Jackman, Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen, Lena Dunham, Jerry Seinfeld and Moby have in common? Aside from being incredibly talented and successful, they all meditate.

As a teacher of Vedic Meditation I can tell you without doubt, if you want to be at the top of your game, you need to meditate. If you want to have incredible clarity, be less stressed, happier and have better health, you should meditate. However, if you enjoy feeling strung out, under the pump, sad and overwhelmed, you should probably give meditation a miss.

As a society we’re more connected, knowledgeable and have more information available to us than ever before. And yet many of us are unhappy and stressed. What we need are high-grade tools to help us. Tools that help us be more calm, clear and dynamic. Tools which allow us to feel happy and full of life. And Vedic Meditation is one of these tools.

Meditation is still seen by many as seriously hippy. Think something reserved for those who have a penchant for tie-dye harem pants and visiting ashrams! However, that’s an old-school mentality. Meditation is actually most beneficial to busy, highly-engaged and dynamic people. People who want to achieve more in their day-to-day lives. People who want to be the best possible version of themselves and keep elevating to new heights. People who understand they need to purify and exercise their brain, as much as their biceps, in order to have perfect health.

The reason Vedic Meditation is such a successful technique is that it fits in with modern living. Vedic Meditation, is a twice a day mantra based practice, that is done for 20 minutes. If you want a high-grade experience to match this tool, learn through a qualified teacher. Once you’ve learnt the technique it’s an independent practice. It doesn’t require you to sit in an awkward position, listen to flute meditation music or chant. You just sit with you eyes closed. On a bus, car, train, on your lounge or in a park. Literally anywhere you can sit comfortably. And it filters stress and tension and fatigue out of the body, purifying your mind and physiology.

But honestly it’s less about what happens within meditation and more about what happens outside of it. We wouldn’t practice something if all you got was a 20 minute feel good experience! Outside of meditation, you access incredible creativity and experience greater happiness and joy. The quality of your sleep is also improved and you experience better health as each meditation offers your body the equivalent of two to three hours rest.

Let’s address the one thing I know you’re thinking. You can’t stop the thoughts. Don’t worry, nobody can. And an excellent Vedic Meditation teacher will teach you that you don’t need to. They’ll explain exactly what is happening with thoughts and what to do when you have them. It’s an effortless and easy to do technique that doesn’t involve fighting against thoughts. So relax, you can do this. People from five to 85 can do this. After all, life is about creating the highest grade experience we can. So get involved!

Interested in learning more about Vedic Meditation? Jacqui holds a free introductory talk each Monday evening at 6pm at The Broad Place in Sydney’s Paddington.

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Jacqui Lewis
Jacqui Lewis is a Vedic meditation teacher, wellness expert and the co-founder of The Broad Place. Embracing the attitude that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, Jacqui wears many hats. Since graduating as an interior architect in her early 20s, Jacqui has gone on to become a graphic designer, creative strategist, and is now an expert Vedic Meditation teacher. Jacqui experienced huge amounts of stress through her 20s. It was a decade characterised by incredible accomplishments, coupled with severe exhaustion and periods of intense anxiety. Following this period, Jacqui realised that Vedic Meditation was the one thing which had helped her to stay on top of it all. After a series of incredibly high-pressured projects that kept burning her out, Jacqui committed to understanding everything she could about meditation and its benefits, having witnessed the results of the practice so profoundly first-hand. With so many misunderstandings still surrounding meditation (think common questions such as “do I have to be vegan and wear hessian to meditate?”) Jacqui also decided to prove that meditation and a love of style can co-exist. She studied extensively for years with Vedic expert Thom Knoles. Then underwent a gruelling year long study program with Tim Brown in Sydney and finally graduated as a qualified teacher of Vedic Meditation, in Rishikesh, India. Together with her husband and business partner Arran Russell, Jacqui launched The Broad Place in 2013. The Broad Place is a multi-faceted brand based around modern wellbeing. It is at The Broad Place that Jacqui teaches courses in Vedic Meditation, tutors private students in mediation and stress management, runs intensive retreats and writes about all things wellness-related for the Journal on The Broad Place website.