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 with anyone that might benefit from it. 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 a first class degree in psychology and is currently engaged in post graduate research into the health and wellbeing benefits of meditation. He combines a thorough grounding of traditional forms of meditation with advanced knowledge of the latest scientific approaches.
The founding members of MFHIK had a background in Buddhist meditation (Stephen has been practicing meditation for more than two decades). However MFHIK is a secular organisation, it doesn’t seek to promote a particular point of view or any religious organisation. Rather it teaches relevant secular methods and information. Although we draw inspiration and knowledge from traditional spiritual practices, we teach systems able to contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of all our students. Our training is suitable for people coming from all kinds of spiritual and secular backgrounds.
We specialise in three distinct forms of meditation; Contemporary Compassionate Meditation (CCM), Traditional Compassionate Meditation (TCM) and Cognitive Enhancement Meditation. Between them these three methods offer a platform to access many of the wide ranging benefits known to be connected to meditation. These practices are suitable for people looking to improve their overall wellbeing and address a range of specific issues. We recommend that potential students of meditation view the potential of meditation practice in broad rather than narrow terms. Whilst many people come to meditation and mindfulness in order to find a solution to a particular problem, the cognitive processes meditation engage can positively influence many areas of day to day life.
While recent scientific investigations of meditation and mindfulness are generally welcomed by the traditional meditation community. They have brought some confusion and uncertainty. Scientists don’t always agree over exactly 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 what meditation systems appear to bring the greatest 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 but also include elements able to sustain a long-term practice. If you want to know more or to attend a class in Canterbury or Medway send us an email. Workplace, school and one to one meditation support are also available.