I have been teaching meditation and presenting healing talks that are tailored to the needs of individuals and different groups. Most participants immediately feel the calming and peaceful benefits of meditation. Through the practice of meditation, you can learn how to live your life to the fullest - in the present moment - and begin to live free from your internal struggles and concerns. Together, we can learn how to calm your busy mind, work through common challenges of meditation and develop your complete self as nature and science intended.
Albert Einstein stated, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is its faithful servant.”
However, as many of us have experienced through the richness and challenges of 21st century living, the last thing our mind wants to do is serve us. Instead, it will do anything to control us. How do we get our wandering mind - or ‘monkey mind’- to behave? How does meditation train our mind to serve our unique insights? What do we do when our mind won’t let us meditate?
I have spent significant time honing my own practice of meditation and greatly welcome the opportunity to help others find relief from fear, stress, worry, chronic pain, anxiety, panic, feelings of unworthiness, and guilt through an easy practice of being more mindful. In our collaboration, I hope to share with you empirically-tested meditation techniques that really work so that you may begin the process of letting go of the things that no longer serve you and begin building up the thoughts, feelings and experiences that energize and restore you.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS MEDITATION?
Mindfulness meditation is unique in that it is not directed toward getting us to be different from how we already are. Instead, it helps us become aware of the present moment without judgment. We could say that it teaches us how to be unconditionally present; that is, it helps us be present with whatever is happening, no matter what it is.
The sitting practice of mindfulness meditation gives us exactly this opportunity to become more present with ourselves just as we are. This, in turn, shows us glimpses of our inherent wisdom and teaches us how to stop perpetuating the unnecessary suffering that results from trying to escape the discomfort, and even pain, we inevitably experience as a consequence of simply being alive.
Mindfulness, paying precise, nonjudgmental attention to the details of our experience as it arises and subsides, doesn't reject anything. Instead of struggling to get away from experiences we find difficult, we practice being able to be with them. Equally, we bring mindfulness to pleasant experiences as well. Perhaps surprisingly, many times we have a hard time staying simply present with happiness. We turn it into something more familiar, like worrying that it won't last or trying to keep it from fading away.
When we are mindful, we show up for our lives; we don't miss them in being distracted or in wishing for things to be different. Instead, if something needs to be changed we are present enough to understand what needs to be done. Being mindful is not a substitute for actually participating in our lives and taking care of our own and others' needs. In fact, the more mindful we are, the more skillful we can be in compassionate action.
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