What is meditation?
It is believed that meditation has been practiced for centuries in many religions and beliefs. It is a practice where a person uses techniques such as focusing the mind on a particular activity, thought or object to achieve a calm state of mental clarity.
Meditation is scientifically proven to have many health benefits. Over the last decade an increased interest in Meditation and scientific research has shown that meditation and mindfulness can help with pain, depression, anxiety, addiction, and many of today’s stresses and strains. Some describe it as rewiring the brain.
The great thing about meditation is that anyone can practice it and it is a natural and safe way to help heal yourself. Meditation is particularly beneficial to people with MS because there are clinically recognized links between stress and MS progression, both in terms of relapses and degeneration, with meditation able to help reduce stress.
There are many types of meditation, the key to success is to find the one that bests suits you.
In October 2018, MS Research and Relief fund introduced its first Indoor Cycling class at Benmar House. The Charity gained funding from Northumberland County Council for three new bikes and audio visual equipment to help recreate the success of the virtual Coast to Coast which was held in 2017 and ran alongside the first Coast to Coast Challenge which raised over £13,000.
In October 2018, Sue Nicholls organised a pub quiz at the Stag’s Head in London in order to raise funds for MS Research and Relief Fund. Sue was inspired to organise the event by her friend Sarah, who is a regular service user at Benmar House.