My friend and meditator Monique Foy is the very clever founder of The Light Side Paris. She wrote this for her subscribers so it seemed like the best way for me to start a blog was to copy her content and post it. Original, I know. Thank you Monique.
A typical (and intriguing) example of thoughts one might experience mid-meditation.
Fast forward forty minutes and inevitably, before you’ve had a real chance to clear your mind and focus on…nothing, the session you’ve just paid €22 for, is over.
After a few attempts, you make the executive decision to shut down the whole operation. Meditation’s just not for you. Close that chapter. Start up Sudoku. Move on.
That is, until we tell you about Vedic meditation. Allow us to briefly take you through its box-ticking, life-changing qualities.
Amongst the many forms of meditation, Vedic is one that doesn’t require people to detach themselves from society in order to practice it properly.
First box ticked. You're not a monk.
The technique was developed in India, roughly 5000 years ago, for people living everyday lives, who multitask busy jobs, relationships and families. It’s therefore practiced in short 20-minute intervals, twice a day, in any comfortable place you can find. No need to hold a stiff back and crossed legs for an hour at a time.
Second box ticked. No rushing to class. No impending back pain.
During your first session your teacher will give you a unique mantra, chosen just for you, that you gently repeat in your mind during the 20-minute meditation.
Third box ticked. You’ve always wanted a secret mantra.
This sound, chosen from hundreds of possible Sanskrit words, will be so attractive to your brain, that it becomes the frontrunner above all other thoughts. By repeating it in your mind, it sends you into a state of inner calm and consciousness that is said to be up to five times deeper than sleep.
Fourth box ticked. It actually works.
If your mind happens to steer away from your mantra, this isn't considered a bad thing. Thoughts are just bubbles of tension that surface as we go deeper into meditation. And releasing tension is a good thing.
Fifth box ticked. You can't actually be 'bad' at Vedic meditation.
Meet Nicho Plowman. Nicho is Paris’ go-to Vedic meditation teacher who hails from Australia. He used to work in the business world and at some point saw The Light and switched to teaching meditation. He gets what it's like to have a modern lifestyle and is full of tips on how to integrate this stuff into your quotidien.
Sixth box ticked. The teacher’s relatable. And Australian.
Is run in the Marais over four sessions of 90 minutes per day: Saturday, Sunday and two week nights after work. So it's no-excuses-easy to fit into your schedule.
We’re not going to list all the life-changing qualities of a regular practice, because everyone’s experience is different. But let’s just say that it’s really a once-you-pop-you-can’t-stop situation. And that the very intended side effects include increased brain capacity and memory, nervous system repair, reduction of stress, anxiety and insomnia and slowing down the aging process (bingo).
Seventh box ticked. Bliss for your brain.
In the short term, is large. The course starts at €600 with the final cost worked out on a sliding scale according to your income (it can be paid in installments).
Consider that after the course however you will be able to practice at home for the rest of your life.
You will also be able to access future Vedic meditation classes or refresher workshops with Nicho, as well as group meditations around the world with almost any Vedic teacher (they pretty much all know each other) for free.
So if you work it out on a cost-per-hour basis over the course of a lifetime, it’s basically like they are paying you to take it.
Eighth box ticked. The kind of positive-spin financial logic we like.
The free introductory session
Before really committing to the aforementioned sum, come along to the introductory talk with Nicho for a Q&A session to learn (in more accurate detail) what it’s all about.
And maybe start to tick off a few of those life-changing boxes.