Meditation is a practice that calms and stabilizes the mind and strengthens the body. It helps us develop a sense of peace and stillness. It helps us cope with stress and teaches us to trust in our inner wisdom
The practice of Meditation has been handed down for thousands of years by the great sages and teachers of the East. Learning to meditate will help you to develop the qualities of stillness, calmness, and peacefulness. You will develop awareness of how your mind works, which will open up new ways of being.
If your current habit is to have a mind that is busy with thoughts of anxiety, fear, pain, or shame, then meditation can help you to develop new habits.
Many research studies have shown that learning to meditate has far-reaching benefits. Sample benefits include:
- preventing illness
- brain health
- coping with chaos
- pain management
- developing and satiating that longing for interconnectedness with others and the Divine
Mindfulness meditation is considered to be a path to enlightenment. As we travel the path, we learn compassion and wisdom. The expansion of your compassion and wisdom for yourself, and others, will bring you peace, joy, and contentment in life.
Meditation is a simple and yet profound practice that can create amazing changes in you and your approach to life.
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Guided Meditation uses the human voice to guide listeners into a meditative state. There are two primary types of Guided Meditation: Affirmations and Guided Imagery.
Affirmations are gentle statements that encourage establishing patterns of “positive self talk.” There is a human tendency towards “negative self talk,” which can leave you stuck in unhealthy patterns. These patterns can limit your possibilities. Affirmations are used to help reprogram your subconscious mind, including thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. The encouraging statements used in affirmations can become your default reaction in stressful situations. They can empower you to reach your full potential.
Guided Imagery meditations “paint a word picture” of visual images that enhance a holistic approach to specific topics such as physical health, emotional health or relationships. Guided Imagery will guide you into a deeper state of meditation. So it is important to utilize guided imagery when you are able to focus on the meditation in a safe location without distractions.
Practicing Guided Meditation with a group provides additional benefits. Sharing experiences promotes motivation to make meditation a habit, enhances the energy exchange, and fosters emotional support.
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Further information about a Guided Meditation Group located in Wyoming, OH is available on-line at: http://ascensionholytrinity.com/2017/01/14/guidedmeditation/
Guided Meditations recordings are available for free online at the websites below:
University of Michigan: http://www.mcancer.org/support/managing-emotions/complementary-therapies/guided-imagery/audio-library
Health Journeys via Kaiser Permanente: https://members.kaiserpermanente.org/redirects/listen/
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Learning meditation and mindfulness practices are an approach that proactive parents can use to foster a lifestyle with lower stress and more success for their children.
Training children to develop meditation and mindfulness skills is an evidence-based method for helping children learn to relax and refocus. Meditation is beneficial for children of all stripes, including those dealing with sleep issues, anxiety, fears, OCD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and perfectionism. It is also valuable for just plain old “childhood.”
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