Studies show the more we practice meditation, the easier it is to access a relaxed, aware state of being throughout the day. Take a minute (or 25!) to sit down and meditate using my guided sitting meditation practice focused on the breath and body sensations. This meditation was recorded at the Yoga and Mindfulness Workshop August 25th, 2018.
Rest, Relax, Recharge, Repeat.
Movement and Mindfulness
Mondays at Flourish 1030 Aiport Way Hailey
6:00 – 7:00 PM
30 Minutes Slow Flow Yoga
30 Minutes Meditation
Call me at 208-309-1948 or email me at Caitlin4Wellness@gmail.com for more information
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Meditation has so many advantages that it’s become more popular than ever. Health, well-being, and mental processes improve with meditation and, over time, the benefits increase steadily. If meditation works so well for an individual, perhaps that power is amplified in a group. It could accelerate and expand everything. Let’s go into the possibilities.
At the most practical level, group meditation reinforces your desire to make it a daily practice. We all lead busy lives, and even the best intention to meditate can get lost once in a while. Joining a group can make you more committed to your practice. But a group can also represent a meditation lifestyle that inspires every member.
The Meditation Lifestyle
In the Indian spiritual tradition, this lifestyle has been condensed into three words derived from Sanskrit, each beginning with “S.”
Seva: Service without regard for the self. In service your actions harm no one and benefit everyone. You spread the influence of peace, which you have found personally in meditation.
Simran: Remembrance. In meditation you contact your source, the true self, and thus you remember who you really are. As you learn more about your true nature, your purpose for being here strengthens.
Often, without realizing it, we hold our breaths. This is a way of fighting or straining against the present moment. This can cause physical and emotional feelings of stagnancy or stuck-ness, tension or tightness. It can also cause the nervous system to send heightened alert responses throughout the body, activating the bodies defense mechanisms. We can reverse these affects by enacting one simple practice: Breathing Deeply.
When one breathes deeply they stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, or relaxation response, enabling one to feel more relaxed in the present moment. When we do this, we are more able to connect with how we are actually feeling in the moment. Providing ourselves this time, pausing and fully checking in, we can begin to develop our own capacity to recognize and communicate physical or emotional states of being.
So… take a deep breath and enjoy the amazing present moment.
Ruminating thoughts, worries, anger, and/ or fantasizing can take up the majority of our brain power and hours in the day. Breaking this repetitive thinking, or looping cycle, leads to less stress. One way to break this cycle is through practicing mindfulness.
Studies demonstrate the effectiveness of mindfulness practices, pausing and reconnecting with the present moment, and their positive effects experienced by the practitioner. But sometimes it’s difficult to take a moment to ourselves, leading us to never fully experience the present moment. Our society tells us that if we aren’t actively producing, then we should be. Our self worth may come from doing, leading to less being. Doing has it’s place, but it isn’t everything.
Let’s take back our being, living with more presence and aliveness, so at the end of our lives we aren’t merely a list of tasks completed, but an array of experiences which led us down a path.