The ancient art of meditation offers myriad benefits backed up by modern research. According to an article in Forbes magazine, meditation can help preserve the aging brain, quiet our 'monkey minds', reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and pain, boost memory and much, much more.
Shiny happy people. Image courtesy The Mantra Room.
The power of meditation multiplies when it's conducted in a group, through the practice of kirtan. Kirtan involves group singing and the chanting of timeless sacred mantras, unfolding as a call and response from musicians to audience members and back again. Curious? There's no better place to try it out than at West End's very own The Mantra Room.
On a wing and a prayer. Image courtesy The Mantra Room.
The Mantra Room, part of the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga (ASMY), offers regular events centred around kirtan, guided meditation, vegetarian feasts and talks exploring the spiritual essence of yoga. Featuring an ever-changing lineup of kirtan leaders and special guest artists who offer a range of musical styles including soul, jazz, blues and rock, there is something to suit all tastes.
Let the music carry you away. Image courtesy The Mantra Room.
Sessions spent like this in the company of like-minded people not only reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression - but offer an antidote to materialistic modern lifestyles. 'Everyone is looking for something real, lasting and fully satisfying in their life,' says ASMY's spokeswoman Gayatri. 'That something is reconnecting to our spiritual source, to experience spiritual love. Kirtan thus nourishes the soul's deepest needs.' Visitors are encouraged to bring their enthusiasm, voices and, if desired, musical instruments.
A time for sweet repose. Image courtesy The Mantra Room.