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 a BSc in psychology and an MSc in neuroscience and cognitive psychology. His latest research investigated the effects of compassionate meditation. He combines a thorough grounding in traditional forms of meditation with knowledge of the latest scientific approaches.
Stephen has 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 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.
We currently teach Brain Renewal Meditation (BRM) which has been based on the latest research from neuroscience and cognitive psychology and has been based on Contemporary Compassionate Meditation (CCM) and Traditional Compassionate Meditation (TCM). BRM offers access to many of the wide ranging benefits known to be connected to meditation and brain training, including mindfulness, compassion and nondual practice. BRM is suitable for people looking to improve their overall wellbeing and maintain cognitive function. We recommend that students 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 engages can positively influence many areas of day to day life.
Recent scientific investigations of meditation and mindfulness are generally welcomed by the traditional meditation community, but 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 which 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. BRM tuition is available online.