Guildford-based author Tom Evans on the benefits of meditation

Many people are resistant to the idea of meditation, and so was Guildfordian author Tom Evans when he first gave it a go. Now he is spreading the word that, because of the many benefits that meditation brings, it’s madness not to try it.

An ex-BBC television engineer, Tom discovered meditation in his mid-forties and quickly wrote a book. He soon started coaching others to write and taught them simple meditative techniques to improve their creativity and allow them to tap into ‘lightbulb moments’ on demand.

He soon discovered that when he wrote in a light meditative state, time took on a different quality and slowed down. This exploration of ‘getting into the zone’ led to Tom starting his internationally popular podcast The Zone Show, which has evolved to be a stage for Tom and his guests to discuss all manner of topics.

A prolific author, Tom has recently published his 11th book, New Magic for a New Era. It explores how Tom’s life has been charmed and how readers can ensure that they too live charmed lives. He also wrote and published it in less than 3 months using the techniques he teaches on how to bend and stretch time.

In New Magic for a New Era, Tom shares the secret to bending and stretching time, and argues that it’s not obligatory to struggle in life.

Speaking about why it’s madness not to meditate, Tom said, “By spending nine minutes meditating every day, the benefit of the time saved can be tenfold. Every minute spent meditating adds another to your life.

“Ironically, it is often the people who could gain the most from meditation who make the most excuses not to try it.

“I encounter a lot of people who are resistant to the idea of meditation, and their reasons always seem to be the same.

“Here I’ll debunk twelve of the most common myths around meditation.”

1. You don’t have the time

Meditation reduces stress, and makes us less prone to illness, so any time spent comes back many times over by reducing time spent off.

2. You can’t make your mind go quiet

Meditation is not so much about having no thoughts as it is about forming a different relationship with them. When we are kinder to our thoughts, they are kinder to us.

3. You have to be in a quiet room

We can meditate when out walking, commuting or painting the shed. It is easy to integrate meditative practices into what we think of as our busy lives.

4. You have to have your eyes closed

If you ever drive home on ‘autopilot’ on a familiar route, you have entered a light meditative state. We are all natural meditators.

5. It will take years of study

Learning to meditate is easy. It only takes ten minutes a day for a week to get the hang of it.

6. You have to study with a master

Put ‘free meditation’ into Google and get your ‘master’ to come to you.

7. It conflicts with your religious beliefs

Meditation is agnostic. Reciting of prayers, or responses to a celebrant, induces a light state of meditation.

8. It’s dangerous and you might lose your mind

The person who is meditating remains in control at all times. In the same way nobody else can breathe for you, nobody else can meditate for you.

9. There are no practical benefits

Lightbulb moments come to us when we enter the meditative state. Your next bright idea is just one meditation away.

10. People will think that you have joined a cult

When people notice how radiant and vibrant you are, they might ask if they can ‘join’ too.

11. You have to make time every day

Just meditating once or twice a week is enough to bring untold benefits. When we see it as a treat of some Me Time, it becomes a pleasure not a chore.

12. You don’t know how to start

The Be Calm meditation is absolutely free, and, in less than ten minutes, introduces the three most common ways to enter the meditative state. It can be found here: