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20th June

Meditation – Time for You

Have you ever thought meditation wasn’t for you? Or have used the excuse that you don’t have time?
Struggling to switch off? Then maybe meditation is for you after all.

All you need to do is find 5 minutes to take the first step, and there are 1,440 minutes in a day – surely we can find 5 spare per day? Meditation has so many health benefits that finding a few minutes a day will be worth it.
Meditation has science-based research behind it in reducing stress, lessening the symptoms of anxiety, improving mental health, improving concentration, assisting in pain control, improves sleep and helps to lower blood pressure.
Here’s a short exercise to get you started (you can even do this whilst you’re sat at your desk) …

Sit comfortably in your chair with your feet flat on the floor, spine long, shoulders down and eye gaze forwards. Take a deep breath in through your nose, and exhale slowly through your mouth. Do this again and as you breathe out, gently close your eyes.

Next time you breathe in, feel your breath travelling deeper down into your belly, and feel your belly filling up with air. As you exhale feel your shoulders drop down away from your ears and relax further into your chair.
As you breathe in, in your mind say the word ‘let,’ and as you breathe out say the word ‘go,’ so you are slowly repeating the phrase ‘let go,’ as you breathe in and out. Repeat this phrase up to 20 times, and then take another deep breath in and out and gently open your eyes.

Notice after this exercise how much lower your heart rate is, how much steadier your breath is and how much calmer you feel. Now think how much better you will feel if you did this every day for 5 minutes? This World Wellbeing Week (24th-30th June 2019), why not set yourself a challenge to meditate every day for 5 minutes! Don’t forget to tell us how you’re doing on!

A Message from our CEO

The health and wellbeing of our guests, members and employees is and always has been, at the heart of our business. As a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 20th March, it with deep sadness that we have taken the decision to close Eden Hall and Hoar Cross Hall until further notice. Though we genuinely hope to be welcoming you back sooner, rather than later we will closely monitor government updates to ensure we are keeping our team members, customers and members safe.

In these unprecedented times, we have been genuinely touched by the understanding and support shown by our guests, members and staff alike. We thank you for your words and acts of kindness that have given much needed hope and positivity throughout these difficult weeks. Our main priority has always been our loyal customers, especially since temporarily closing the doors of our beautiful venues, putting your experience with us on hold.

If you have an existing booking with us, please don’t worry, we’ll be in touch to help as soon as possible.
If you have one of our gift cards with an expiry date before 30th June 2020, you do not need to do anything, we have automatically extended these until 31st December 2020.

We are also focusing on the wellbeing of our valuable team members, who are currently unable to work due to recent government restrictions. Our employees are a key focus for us at this time, as we hope you understand. Consequently, we are doing all we can to ensure a swift return and to reassure and stabilise their situation in the meantime.

For those of you who may still need to contact us, we have put in place a small dedicated team to respond to all enquiries. Please bear with us if our response isn’t as speedy as normal, we really are trying our best and will contact you as soon as we are able to.

But for now, on behalf of all of us at Barons Eden, I would like to wish you and your family the best health and to stay safe.

André Elshout

Read our full statement here