Pausing for thought as Linda aims to cut stress and anxiety
A former recruitment consultant has started a new meditation business.
Linda Moore, from Bassingham, will teach people techniques that she says can reduce anxiety levels, improve memory and help relationships.
Adastra Partnership was launched this month with a taster event that raised money for St Barnabas Hospice.
Mrs Moore says meditation can enable people cope with everyday stresses, aid rehabilitation from illnesses and benefit members of the Armed Forces after deployments.
She said: "People work a lot and are busy with family lives, so don't get time by themselves.
"But when you meditate it's nothingness – nothing is going on.
"The number of people off work because of stress-related illnesses is at epidemic levels.
"People seem to accept taking this bombardment and it's doing damage to them now or in the future.
"Meditation gives you energy, gives you better mental alertness, helps improve relationships because you're nicer to be around and it reduces blood pressure." As part of her training, Mrs Moore visited the world-famous meditation guru Deepak Chopra based in California.
She took away techniques to add to her own methods, which she has taught herself over the years.
"I was very ill for quite a few years and I took it up for that," said Mrs Moore.
"And because it helped me so much I wanted to find out more about it.''
Adastra Partnership is now certified by The Chopra Center to teach primordial sound meditation.
And Mrs Moore says the skills she teaches, when carried out daily, can have a "significant impact" on individuals' wellbeing.
"People that say they haven't got time to meditate are exactly the type of people that should meditate," she said.
"Research shows that if you regularly meditate, an MRI scanner will show that the amygdala shrinks and anxiety goes down, and the hippocampus enlarges, helping your memory.
Mrs Moore has returned to running her own organisation for the first time in seven years after working in the recruitment industry.
Earlier in her career, she was the co-founder of a successful Lincolnshire children's charity and before that ran a guest house.
Adastra Partnership will be able to offer a range of courses and will run some free classes during the year.
Among the other benefits Mrs Moore says her techniques can offer are greater self-awareness, better problem-solving ability, ability to manage physical pain more effectively, improve sleep and become more confident.