Will Williams on the power of Beeja meditation for reducing stress and anxiety
-Apr 26, Hannah Hargrave , Mind -
Will Williams was burned out from a fast paced career in the music industry and years of insomnia when he was introduced to a meditation practice that completely changed his life. Here he shares with Lumity the secrets of Beeja meditation.
Will has not only cured his sleeplessness with this ancient form of meditation, he’s forged a career from it too and is now a successful meditation teacher and author.
He insists Beeja can work for anyone and with all it’s potential benefits it sounds like it’s certainly worth a try.
What is Beeja Meditation and how does it differ from other forms of meditation?
“Beeja means the ‘seed of infinite potential’ and Beeja meditation is simple, effective, fun and based on ancient wisdom as well as scientific research,” he explains. “Beeja meditation is different from anything you’ve seen before. Whilst conventional mindfulness reduces stress by eliminating thoughts, Beeja meditation is based on the Vedic principles, which help you to release thoughts, to reduce stress and heighten experience. Your body is given a chance to reset and reboot, as Beeja meditation takes you 33% deeper into relaxation than even your deepest sleep.
“Beeja meditation is incredibly effective at getting to the root of your stress response and calming your body down, so you are less reactive, more energised, and ultimately more productive. It uses sounds, allocated by a teacher, that will interact with your nervous system to give it the bandwidth it needs to deal with all of life’s dramas, and all of your tasks.
“It is a 10,000 year old technique from ancient India. The main point of difference is how easy it is – it doesn’t require any form of concentration, and can be done anywhere you like, so it makes it hugely practical. Its also personalised to each individual, which makes it much more powerful.”
What are some the major benefits of this form of meditation?
“The beauty of this technique is that it puts you in such a deep place of equilibrium that the effects ripple out into every area of your life. But the main ones are – better sleep, reduced stress and anxiety, more creativity, being able to focus much better, and feeling much more positive.”
Many people say ‘meditation isn’t for me’ but it can be so beneficial to people from all walks of life. Is that right?
“Yes that’s correct,” says Will. “Most people say that because they hold assumptions about meditation which are aren’t always true. You don’t have to become a hippy, a monk, or a zombie. Quite the opposite. This is for everyday people, living everyday life.”
What tips do you have for getting the best out of your meditation?
You can Meditate Anywhere!
“A common misconception about meditation is that you have to be in total silence. You can in fact meditate anywhere: sitting on the bus or the tube, at the beach, in a park, in the cinema before a film starts, at your desk before a big meeting, on an airplane if you are a nervous flier. Most people will just think you’re asleep!”
Try to meditate on an empty stomach
“It’s best to allow 1.5 – 2 hours after eating before you meditate so your body isn’t too busy digesting food that it can’t slip into relaxation mode. It’s also best to avoid having caffeine before, as it’s very stimulating for your nervous system and can also delay your body’s relaxation response.”
How long do you suggest meditating for?
“The mind and body seem to respond to 20 minutes really well.”
What would you say to those people who say they don’t have time to meditate?
“Then they need meditation even more!” insists Will. “They are probably overlooking the fact that meditation makes you far more productive. So instead of being busy, you become effective, and the meditation ends up paying for itself.
“But if you really can’t find the time, just try it for 5 minutes.
“Sit down, close your eyes, and plant your feet firmly on the floor. Feel both feet on the floor and let your awareness drift across all parts of your body. Now start gently repeating the sound ‘Beeja’ in your mind. Be soft and slow and faint and relaxed. Beeja means the ‘seed of infinite potential.’
“Do this for 5 minutes, coming back to whispering the sound in your mind every time you lose track of it (which will happen lots, and that’s ok!). After 5 minutes, stop repeating the sound, and then take 30 seconds with eyes closed, and think of someone, or something, that you love. Hold that feeling in your heart for this time, and then go about your day feeling a little bit better.”
Some people may give up because they either don’t think they are doing it right or aren’t seeing results quickly enough. What would you say to them?
“Find a teacher who can work with you on a personal level, its usually far more effective. And if the first one or two you try doesn’t work, keep searching – there is always a technique that will rock your world if you stay diligent.”
Tell us about your new book ‘The Effortless Mind’.
“It’s an attempt to tell the story of meditation through other people’s stories – it shows people that normal, every day people do this, and it shows the human side of life when you reconnect with yourself again, and connect with those things that are most important. It also shows how easy it is to bridge the scientific and the spiritual, and inner happiness and outer fun, so that you can begin to live a full spectrum life. Each chapter has an exercise to help you with specific needs too.
“Supported by scientific research, The Effortless Mind explains how Beeja meditation soothes and calms both the mind and the central nervous system – with fast-acting, tangible results. Each chapter in the book is dedicated to a different problem created in our increasingly pressured and demanding world including addiction, divorce, and work-related stress. Compelling real life stories reveal how Beeja meditation can help overcome these traumatic situations and help improve relationships with both ourselves and others, with chapters on family, anger management, digestion and overeating.”
The Effortless Mind by Will Williams is published 2nd May £9.99 Simon & Schuster and is available on Amazon here.
For information about meditation classes visit beejameditation.com