EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO MEDITATE.
We don’t have to look very far to see the effects of a stressed out society– pick up any newspaper– or maybe even just take a look in the mirror– and we can see what a disconnected way of life is doing to us. ANYONE can learn to meditate. You don’t have to change a thing– not your diet, your beliefs, your clothing or your way of life. You don’t have to stop thinking or clear your mind. You can’t stop thinking by thinking about it. You simply need a tool that works with the way your mind functions and learn to properly allow it to calm the body and settle the mind. That is meditation. You simply have to have a willingness to do it, an ability to follow some simple instructions, and a willingness to take a short time out each day for it. You’ll notice the benefits will unfold naturally and effortlessly.
Each person who learns to meditate has his or her own reasons for doing so- whether it’s to reduce stress, to improve physical performance or health, or as a part of a self-inquiry practice or therapy, your intention will nourish your practice. And perhaps not surprisingly, adding a meditation practice to your daily routine comes with some amazing side effects: an ability to live in the moment, inner peace, creativity, inspiration, love, confidence, intuition, harmonious relationships, joy– fulfillment. Just as you may begin a workout routine for the gym to improve your physical appearance and discover that you are making other healthier lifestyle choices and feeling better about yourself in other ways, meditation will improve your mental, emotional, and physical well-being, as it brings with it a plethora of amazing benefits.
Benefits the Body & Mind: At the Institute of NOETIC Science, you can access nearly 7000 studies with research findings of all types of meditation and it’s affect on physical and mental well-being. Most disease & chronic conditions are caused or worsened by stress– and disease itself can increase “stress hormones,” thus causing a vicious cycle of illness. Over 80% (some say more) of all doctor visits are due to stress-related complaints:
- Meditation helps to reduce stress and people 40 years and older go to the doctor 73% less often if they have a daily meditation practice.
- Meditators have 85% fewer hospital admissions for heart disease and over 55% fewer admissions for all types of benign and malignant tumors.
- Meditators experience a general calming of the nervous system: Lowered heart rate, lowered blood pressure, less hypertension.
- Meditation has been shown to help people quit smoking, conquer drug & alcohol addictions.
- It regulates hormones– including reducing the stress hormone cortisol and increasing the “youth hormone” DHEA as well as the release of serotonin and other “bliss” neurochemistry… Meditators truly are measureably happier!
- Other proven benefits:
- improved digestion,
- improved immune function and healing response,
- increased fertility, improved eating habits,
- improved sleep habits,
- increased longevity and vitality,
- increased neuroplasticity,
- reduced symptoms of PMS and menopause,
- decreased chronic pain,
- balanced blood sugar,
- decreased headaches & migraines
LEARNING TO MEDITATE:
There are many ways to meditate, all with their own effect, according to what they were designed for. For me, a meditation practice must be simple, easy and pleasurable to do if it is something we can stick to and make a part of our daily lives.
I teach SEED Method® of meditation. It is a powerful technique that is easy to learn and easy to practice daily. A collection of practices from modern and ancient wisdom, it will give you noticeable results. It is secular in nature and is perfect for the individual, for corporate/ business wellness offerings for employees, for students in school settings and more. Courses are offered on an on-going basis, with special classes designed for children, teens, pregnant and new moms, as well as for corporate and education settings.
The SEED MEDITATION® METHOD includes:
- A BODY AWARENESS Practice
- A SILENT MANTRA Practice
- MINDFULNESS Practices
- SELF-INQUIRY Practices
- PEACE FINDER Practices
IT’S TIME TO MEDITATE:
Never before has there been more demands on our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies as in the current conditions of our world. Our society functions in a stressed-out, sleep-deprived, over-worked, caffeine-induced state that has come to be considered a normal way of being. This is not our natural state. We are not designed to live like this and it is absolutely not sustainable. Our natural state? Bliss. Peace. Fulfillment. Joy. Productivity. Creativity. Progress. Love.
If you turn your attention to the one who is reading this, you’ll notice there is a presence there: that presence is aware of all things, it has been with you since you were born, and it is considered the real you. This is more than just your body, more than just your mind. It is, if you look, all of those qualities I just mentioned above. With a regular practice of meditation you will become more aware of this part of you, and as a result you will find that your intention of learning to meditate fulfills itself effortlessly and does, in fact, bring with it all of those amazing side effects.
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In 2010, I opened The Meditation House: Center for Well Being in order to connect students seeking a beneficial meditation practice to teachers of Vedic meditation, a practice that has profoundly improved the quality of my life. The practice derives its name from The Veda, an ancient body of wisdom and knowledge from India and is taught by highly qualified teachers who teach in alignment with a teacher-to-student tradition that has been around for thousands of years, and yet is simple and perfect for our modern, busy lives and busy minds! Classes in Vedic Meditation continue to be offered at The Meditation House from time to time throughout the year. Stay tuned for upcoming courses, if you believe this is the practice for you.
Vedic Meditation is simple and easy to learn. It is a natural, effortless technique that anyone can practice. All that is required is to sit comfortably with the eyes closed for 20 minutes in the morning and evening.
Vedic Meditation allows the process of thinking to become increasingly quiet and settled. This continues until the mind transcends the faintest impulse of thought and experiences its most settled state while maintaining full alertness. As the mind settles, the body begins to rest very deeply.
Following meditation the mind is more alert, more calm and thinking is clearer. With regular meditation, people find their energy levels increase and they can achieve more with less effort. As a result, work, play and relationships are easier and more rewarding.
Benefits of Meditation:
According to scientific studies conducted at over 200 independent research institutes and universities, a few minutes of Vedic Meditation each day produces a wide range of practical physiological benefits—a clearer and more creative mind, better decision-making, improved health, greater happiness and more rewarding relationships. Meditators report feeling the effects of meditation immediately and changes occur quickly—improvements are often significant within the first few days of learning.
Scientific research on meditation shows many benefits, including:
- Reduced tension and anxiety
- Increased resistance to stress
- Improved memory and concentration
- Increased energy
- Improved physical health
- Reduced insomnia
- Increased self-esteem
- Slower aging
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