Naianna Robertson on mental health and the power of meditation

Naianna Robertsson, BSc, MSc, PhDc, Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor and Founder of Neurocompatible has come to BBB to share her insights on the power of meditation and the importance of the practice in everyday life, but especially during a pandemic…. Plus a competition prize for one lucky reader below!

We are living in a very strange time, life has changed on various levels and we are all being affected by health concerns, financial worries, lack of motivation, anxiety, depression, and an overall reduced sense of wellbeing. But it is possible to manage our anxiety and brain health and not let stress overwhelm us.

An incredibly powerful way to keep your stress levels down is having a regular meditation practice. When you meditate, you are in the calmest state your mind and body can ever experience. 

But here is the fun part; yes, meditation is incredible for you, but just like different sports enhance different parts of your body, different types of meditation have different effects on different parts of your brain. Scientists have suggested that different meditation styles should be recommended according to what areas of your life you want to focus on. 

After years of working as a neuroscientist and also training as a meditation teacher, I decided to combine modern science with ancient meditation practices, and the Neurocompatible Meditation course was born. The technique that I teach combines the three most powerful and brain-changing styles of meditation (non-directive meditation, mindfulness and visualisation) into one simple practice. Based on cutting-edge neuroscience research, each technique has been proven to change different areas of your brain, so when combined, they become your secret weapon to success and to a new, enhanced version of you. The technique allows you to tap into your dormant potential, to unlock your brain power to reduce how you respond to stress, increase emotional resilience, boost productivity, alertness, drive, and give you an overall calmer and happier life.‍

My own personal experience of going through depression and anxiety after I had my first baby is what first brought me to practice meditation daily, as a matter of survival. I needed to establish a routine to better look after my mental health and wellbeing, as I was predisposed to dark and negative thoughts if left to my own devices. When I could finally speak about this part of my life in the past tense, I became hugely inspired to spread the benefits of meditation as a brain-training tool to others.

Meditation has quite literally changed who I am, how I speak to myself, my inner voice, my sense of self-worth, my productivity levels and my time feeling present with my family. The practice has also helped me cultivate strength and resilience to navigate the uncertainties of the pandemic that we are collectively experiencing, where a lot of us had to reinvent ourselves and our work. 

I am driven by the conviction that each of us have the potential to rewire the brain to unlock its unlimited potential – intensifying focus, managing stress and anxiety, and improving resilience, self-awareness and emotional intelligence.‍ My goal is to make meditation accessible to everyone, to demystify it, to simplify it for people. To spread the message that meditation is literally nourishing food to your brain, it is not a luxury treat that you give yourself occasionally, it is a mental hygiene habit, just like brushing your teeth and taking a shower.

I designed a course for anyone and everyone looking to take charge of their wellbeing, and what better time to focus on your brain health than the beginning of a new year? Whether you’re completely new to meditation or if you already have a regular practice, this course will give you invaluable new tools and new insights into how to transform your brain health. 

Here’s what some past course participants had to say about The Neurocompatible Meditation course:

“I found Naianna’s course incredibly interesting.  She has a lovely way of teaching and she breaks it down so it’s easy to understand and absorb.  It was also great to learn about the science behind it all. It really helped with motivation and the desire to adopt the practice long term. I now feel like I am equipped for life with a way to relax, help look after my mental health, and optimise my productivity.”
– Alice Godfrey – Nutritional Therapist

“Thank you so so much for this course, I have loved every minute. I’ve done guided meditation for a few years, but I suppose I never really quite understood it. Thanks to your generous sharing of your knowledge, I now really get it. It makes so much sense and better still I can now do it properly – without any aids and at any time I want, as long as I have 15 minutes alone – in the car, in the park, the loo or a quiet place at home. You gave so much detail of the science behind it and how it affects the brain, that is utterly fascinating, and great to understand the enormous difference it can make to your life.  I’ve used the visualisations to deal with some stressful work things too and it’s given me the confidence to go through with it, and of course I’m using it for the lifelong goal / dream I have. I’m feel enormously lucky to be doing this course with you, I feel like I’m beginning an incredibly important and life changing journey – thank you.”
– Nic Kemp – Course student

My new live-streaming Zoom course starts on Saturday, January 30th 10am-11:30am and runs for 4 weeks. If you can’t attend one of the live sessions, worry not! A recording will be available for one week after each session, so you can catch up in your own time. Join me and gain complete control of your brain health and wellbeing, and become a self-sufficient meditator for life!

Naianna Robertsson, Founder of Neurocompatible BSc, MSc, PhDc, Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor


COMPETITION! One lucky reader will win a place on Naianna’s next course – to enter, just email info@thebbbook.com with your name and phone number, plus your answer to the following question… Which 2 daily habits does Naianna liken Meditation practice to? The competition opens now and closes at midnight on Monday 18th January 2021. Good luck!