What Is It Like to Attend Your Meditation Classes?

What Is It Like to Attend Your Meditation Classes?

What is it like to attend your meditation classes? Do we meditate the entire one-hour session? What if I have trouble meditating, can I ask questions? What if I have been meditating for a long time, how does it benefit me? Tonight we have our Wednesday online meditation class starting and I have received the above questions and others in regard to our meditation and mindfulness classes, and the personal instruction sessions. I thought I would give you an idea of what you can expect when you attend one of our meditation sessions. The following format is basically what I...

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Practicing Mindfulness

Practicing Mindfulness

Developing Mindfulness takes practice.  We are so used to going through our days not really thinking or being aware that it will startle you once you start practicing the art of mindfulness.  You will become aware of everything and experience it in the present moment versus the past or the future through deliberate mental practices. All Mindfulness involves some form of meditation practice.  There are lots of misconstrued ideas about meditation, especially in western civilization, so let’s take a moment to understand what Mindfulness is not: Not Having Any Emotion. When you start to practice mindfulness, you will see that...

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Making Meditation a Habit

Making Meditation a Habit

Have you been wanting to try meditation? Or, Have you been wanting to maintain a consistent meditation practice? Easier said than done, right? The beginning of the year is an opportune time to make a commitment to creating a new habit of meditation. Meditation can assist you with stress, anxiety and even health problems. You can call meditation in fact, a healthy habit. In meditation, you transform the way that your mind is working. While you can’t say that it’s a simple process, meditation is something that you can easily learn to do and then use daily. In fact, studies...

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Cultivate Positive Emotion

Cultivate Positive Emotion

Counter the effects of negative thoughts by cultivating positive emotions Now that you’ve done the important work of quieting the mind, balancing your energy level, and becoming aware of the connection between your mind and body, you’re ready to begin putting these skills to work to help you effectively cope with the variety of situations you face every day. DID YOU KNOW: YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE OR WORK IN A PHYSICALLY DANGEROUS PLACE TO EXPERIENCE THE VERY  HARMFUL EFFECTS OF STRESS ON YOUR MIND AND BODY. Countering negative thoughts Unless you work in the kind of job that puts...

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Release Physical Tension

Release Physical Tension

The mind and body are not separate entities living a parallel existence but intimately linked. How would you describe the way you feel right now? Fatigued? Stressed? Calm? Focused? Would the way you describe your current state be one that represents what you’re “feeling” in your head or what you sense in our body? We tend to spend much, if not most, of our time in our heads — particularly in the world we live in, where a large part of our work and social interactions are done facing a computer or smartphone screen. Sometimes it’s easy to forget you...

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Find Your Inner Balance

Find Your Inner Balance

It’s natural to be drawn to your thoughts and to follow them–and a real skill and discipline to resist them. Now, of course, the goal is not to resist every thought you ever have! Your thoughts are not unhealthy in and of themselves, but wouldn’t it be nice to let the negative ones roll by! When you can take on an active role observing your thoughts, rather than a passive one, you will notice a difference in the way you react to them and to the world around you. When you quiet your mind, you can take your mental “temperature”...

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Observe Your Thoughts

Observe Your Thoughts

Once you’ve begun to learn how to quiet your mind, the next step involves watching how your mind works, independently of you. This might sound odd–after all, how do you observe something that essentially does all the observing? Learn to detach from your thoughts. Yogis have long known the benefits of detaching from the ceaseless stream of thoughts, fears, and worries that form in our heads, in order to just be. Just as you lungs produce carbon dioxide, your mind produces thoughts–it has for as long as you can remember and will continue to do so for as long as...

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Quiet the Mind

Quiet the Mind

If your brain had a volume dial, what notch would it be at right now? 2? 5? 9? The level of “noise” in your head greatly affects your ability to both work and relax effectively. Practitioners of Eastern disciplines such as martial arts or yoga know the clarity, strength, and power can only come from a place of quiet calm. This is why you will begin first by quieting the mind. In so doing you essentially turn down the dial in your head so that you are more present and less distracted by the din or thoughts, worries, and fears....

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Self-Discovery

Self-Discovery

Changing your life, even in small, incremental ways, can only happen effectively when you start with yourself. It’s no different with happiness. After all, a happy life is not simply the result of luck, good fortune, or a personality trait. It’s a decision you make to see yourself, others, and the world around you in a certain way. We can begin self-discovery by turning the attention inward. As you fine-tune your awareness of mind and body, and in so doing, start to see yourself as separate from your thoughts, feelings, and habits. You’ll begin to experience that deep quiet from...

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Meditation: The Miracle Life Hack

Meditation: The Miracle Life Hack

I came across an interesting article on Forbes.com today. It’s called “Meditation:The Miracle Life Hack.” We are all looking for that one hack, that one answer, to bring us the peace we so desire. Did you know practicing meditation is this “hack?” There is a science to meditation. It generates alpha and beta brain waves and those are the waves that helps us to relax. We can train our minds to not be carried away by our emotions and thoughts and simply observe them. Read more of the article here. Allison and I just returned from a truly inspiring and...

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The Importance of a Meditation Teacher

The Importance of a Meditation Teacher

What Can You Do to Further Your Meditation Practice? Below is an article entitled, “The Importance of a Meditation Teacher.” It is actually from a site I frequent, World Teacher Trust. The crux of this is the benefits of having a meditation teacher can help you travel the meditation journey. A teacher serves as a guide and walks beside you. Even after 38 years of practicing meditation and several instructor certifications, I still attend various meditation trainings that I know will not only benefit my own time on the cushion and expand my mind but also for the increased benefit...

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