Episode 14

Dr Steven Laureys - The no-nonsense guide to meditation, how meditation can change your brain, your health and your life

Published on: 9th April, 2021

Today we hear from Steven Laureys MD. Steven is an award-winning neurologist and neuroscientist recognised worldwide as a leading clinician and researcher in the field of the neurology of consciousness. He is head of the GIGA Conciousness Research Unit and Brain Clinic of the university and university hospital of Liege in Belgium and Professor at the CERVO Brain Centre in Laval University, Canada. He has published over 500 scientific articles on the workings of the human mind.

Laureys new book, 'The No-Nonsense Meditation Book,' is released in the UK on 15th April 2021. The book has been translated into 9 different languages and this is the first publication in English. The book includes fascinating research on expert meditators such as Matthieu Ricard, Buddist monk and translator for the Dalai Lama and as Laureys described him, "a rock star of buddism."

The book scientifically proves the positive impact of meditation, and shows how we can easily add meditation to our routines. I love how Laureys makes meditation feel accessible to everyone. Meditation costs nothing and you can do it anytime and anywhere. "Do what you can," this is the basic philosophy of Laureys.

Laureys admits himself that he used to be a skeptic but after a personal crisis in 2012 he started to discover the benefits of meditation and now he prescribes it to his patients in his clinic.

The benefits of meditation are far reaching. Delayed ageing, anti-inflammatory effects, reduced stress and anxiety, pain management. These are just a small number of positive side effects of meditation!

Laureys is also involved in some other truly fascinating work researching hypnosis, consciousness of comatose patients and near death experiences.

I felt so excited after reading this book as I felt as though there was a very real possibility of living a less burdened life with more joy and less suffering, all available to me through my own brain and for free. I can't wait to continue on my meditation journey and to feel the benefits.

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Tipping The Balance
Mental health and happiness is not as simple as arriving at a destination. It takes work everyday. How can we help to tip the balance in favour of our mental health?
We can all admit to wishing we had more balance in our lives. How many times have you said, "I just don't have the right balance at the moment." Maybe you think you need to work less, have more (or less!) time with your children, get outside more, exercise more, eat more healthily. What ever it is you and almost everyone else has an idea of what balance means to them, their lives and their mental health.

'Tipping the balance,' explores these concepts with a range of different people. Parents, business owners, people living with grief, overcoming abuse, mental health specialists. We have it all here and I hope you can listen to these shows and feel in someway you have spent time tipping the balance in favour of your own mental health.

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Katie Hickey

I am a birth doula, podcaster and vet! All my areas of work bring together elements of balance, growth and self-development. I am a convert to the slow living movement and live in rural Devon with my family. I love hearing from other people how they strive to find balance in their lives in order to live intentionally and maintain a positive tilt on their mental health.