Modern studies by neurologists show that what happens in the brain during meditation is unique and has the power actually to change the brain and its way of ordering experience. It also has known advantages for health. Colum Hayward takes as his starting point the clear evidence that meditation is a real form of experience and a skill, and that its regular practice can change everyone's life. He shows that by meditating you can feel safe and therefore better able to deal with others and the challenges of life. You can deal with daily existence better. He shows how you can recognize and enjoy every moment you live, from the moment you accept the new breath through to the moment you release it. He teaches you how to draw vitality from your spiritual practice and use it in life, and he points to the life that you will want to lead when your practice deepens: one that does not damage the rest of life, and rests happily coexisting with the external world. Ultimately, he says, the one who meditates knows a consciousness so strong that death loses its power and fear is no more.
Colum Hayward is the grandson of one of the earliest Western proponents of meditation, Grace Cooke. Teaching it for 30 years, Colum sees it as a set of skills that can be learnt separately, so that the process is real and the practice actually works. In 1998 he wrote Eyes of the Spirit: Working with a Spiritual Teacher about his experience of working with the teacher White Eagle. He has also written a long historical preface to Arthur Conan Doyle's Book of the Beyond and has contributed to the books The View and The View Beyond, about the legacy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sir Francis Bacon respectively. He holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, yet his style is immediate, personal and engaging.
1. Meditation is - safety 2. Meditation is - strength 3. Meditation is - richness 4. Meditation is - beauty 5. Meditation is - happiness 6. Meditation is - health 7. Meditation is - energy 8. Meditation is - death-conquering 9. Meditation is - easy