A NEW online guide to London’s myriad of meditation centres is aiming to make the practice more accessible for the digital generation. Launching just in time for

A NEW online guide to London’s myriad of meditation centres is aiming to make the practice more accessible for the digital generation.

Launching just in time for International Day of Happiness (IDOH) on 20 March, Meditate Now is an all-in-one guide to meditation events happening across the Capital. The website features direct links to courses and classes that isolate specific issues such as happiness, anxiety, focus, relationships and spiritual growth.

Partnering with International Day of Happiness organisers, Meditate Now will be inspiring Londoners to “join the movement of a happier world”, the theme of this year’s IDOH campaign, highlighting the vital role meditation can play in cultivating happiness.

Meditation is rapidly becoming the most popular method of stress relief for City workers. The Bank of England has run taste meditation sessions for its staff as part of a series of ‘working life seminars’, while over 50 MPs in parliament have tried out weekly mindfulness sessions.

Meditate Now founder Pete Bartlett hopes the website will encourage individuals to move beyond technology and find longer lasting peace and happiness in their hectic lives. “Today there’s a whole new generation of young urbanites who are accessing meditation and mindfulness on their phone, through apps like Headspace and Calm,” he says.

“Yet paradoxically, I think smartphones can often be counterproductive to meditation – you go to your phone to look for an app and get tempted to look on Facebook or answer an email. “The generation discovering meditation through technology are now seeking to do it in a real world way and in the company of likeminded people.”

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