As you’ve probably guessed by now, my name is Louise Watson and I teach meditation.
Those are words I never thought I’d hear myself say. For many years, I thought meditation was a waste of time. When I reluctantly decided to give it a go, it was simply to help me to de-stress and put an end to my excessive worrying. That was all I wanted.
Little did I know that starting a regular meditation would have a multitude of other benefits too – for my overall health and well-being. Meditation has helped me achieve:
- Greater levels of calmness in my day-to-day life. Things that used to really irritate me no longer affect me so much, and I find it easier to notice any feelings of anger and let them pass.
- More compassion – both for others and myself.
- Greater levels of concentration. I’m less easily distracted by what is happening around me, making me more efficient at work.
- Enhanced creativity. Now that I’m not consumed by pointless or destructive thoughts, there’s more room for ideas to come through.
- Less anxiety in personal interactions. I’m naturally a very shy person and used to allow it to affect me a great deal; I was convinced that it would hold me back in life and that nobody liked me because I was quiet. Although I am still shy, I have found that meditation has helped me to accept this and worry less about whether I appear awkward in certain situations.
- Improved confidence levels. Related to the above, I’m less concerned about what other people think and more confident in my ability to handle whatever I need to face in my life. I am more likely to try new things and have become more open with other people.
- I suffer from far fewer illnesses such as colds. A new-found respect for myself has helped me to be more conscious of what I’m eating, which has caused me to become healthier in general.
Taken in total, meditation has changed my life immeasurably for the better. I am very much looking forward to sharing the benefits with you.
But why should you choose me as your teacher?
As a reformed sceptic, I completely understand some of the concerns new students may have: fear of feeling silly or turning into a weirdo, fear of not understanding everything, or just feeling intimidated by the thought of attending a class.
I also understand the frustrations that new students face. When I began to meditate, I struggled to find the right practice for me. I seemed to be bombarded with conflicting information, and always had more questions than answers:
- Do I really need to sit cross-legged?
- What happens if I can’t sit still?
- Am I allowed to move?
- Should my eyes be open, closed, or somewhere in between?
- And how do I know I’m really meditating and not just sitting with my eyes closed – what’s the difference?
It was only when I ditched the ‘rules’ and did things my way that I started to settle into a practice and see any positive effect.
My teaching aims at helping you discover the practice that works for you. My training with the British School of Meditation, and my own personal experience from several years of meditation, qualifies me to introduce you to a variety of techniques.
Based in Bournemouth, I am available to teach classes and individuals, either face-to-face or via Skype.
If you are interested in booking or would like any other information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.