Meditation for health in Kent
In 2011 a number of Kent based meditation teachers came together with a desire to pool resources and share their knowledge and experience of meditation. This aspiration was summed up with a mission statement of:
“To deliver relevant and reliable meditation information and support to anyone who might benefit from it.”
Meditation for Health in Kent (MFHIK) still offers meditation tuition, advice and support, but today it has also become an organisation able to undertake and interpret research. MFHIK founding member and current lead teacher, Stephen Gene Morris holds an MSc in neuropsychology and is currently a PhD scholar at the University of Kent writing the scientific history of mindfulness. His latest research investigates the effects of nondual compassion meditation on health and wellbeing. He combines a grounding in traditional forms of meditation with knowledge of the latest scientific approaches.
Stephen has a background in Buddhist meditation (Stephen has been practising meditation for more than two decades). However, MFHIK is a secular organisation, and it doesn’t seek to promote a particular point of view or any religious organisation. Instead, it teaches appropriate secular methods and shares research findings. Although we draw inspiration and knowledge from traditional spiritual practices, we teach systems able to contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of all. Our training is suitable for people coming from all kinds of spiritual and secular backgrounds.
Recent scientific investigations of meditation and mindfulness are generally welcomed by the traditional meditation community, but there is a growing crisis in meditation research. Scientists don’t always agree over precisely what meditation is, how the process can be operationalised and what experimental findings mean. By reviewing relevant academic papers and conducting our own research, we have acquired a strong theoretical and practical expertise in which meditation systems bring the most significant benefit to practitioners.
If you have some specific questions feel free to get in touch, please bear in mind only general advice can be given by email. Classes are open to anyone over the age of 18. All the methods we teach are appropriate for beginners and include elements able to sustain a long-term practice. If you want to know more or attend a Canterbury or Medway class, send us an email. Workplace, school and one to one meditation support are also available.