He says, meditation is the “Progressive quieting of the mind until it reaches the source of the mind.” He further explains that in “spiritual traditions, the source of the mind is the soul or the spirit.” So meditation is a process of bringing you to your source.
Meditation can also open the door to your spiritual life. It opens us up so we can experience the divine truths of kindness, love, joy, equanimity, compassion and deep peace. Chopra considers the spirit to be a field of infinite possibilities and God as the source of all creativity. Imagine unlocking your ability to be creative in a profound way.
Did you know that even though meditation is part of many spiritual traditions around the world, the practice and process of meditation really has nothing to do with religion, belief or doctrine. It is a simple technique to bring you to your source.
Now let’s talk about another word we hear a lot these days – Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a particular type of meditation. It is best described by Jon Kabot Zinn; professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He says mindfulness is “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
Mindfulness is usually done by bringing your attention or awareness back to the present moment. Noticing what is present in this moment, rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past will leave you feeling content and peaceful.
When you live mindfully, paying attention to the here and now, you make conscious choices rather than living in a habitual fashion, and this is life changing. If you just stop for a moment, give yourself some space and time, you will make better life decisions, enjoy life more and make new memories. Memories are made by experiencing moments, one after the other. You can’t make a new memory when you are busy being in the past or the future.
So why meditate? To improve your overall physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Life is better when you meditate.
Julia began practicing yoga after she was severely injured in an automobile accident. Yoga became a lifeline. Through yoga she gained strength and resilience. She found the ability to concentrate and learned to love life again - in the current moment. Not in the past, not in the future, but in the here and now.
Julia took a teacher training course so she can share the amazing benefits with others, so that you too can become stronger and more resilient in body, mind and spirit.
Julia is a newer teacher with wonderful skills. Don't wait for a potentially life-changing event, join Julia in one of her classes, offered to you for just $5 each class. She gains experience and you gain strength, resilience and the moment.
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We hear a lot about meditation and mindfulness these days. Have you ever wondered about meditation and whether or not you can "do" meditation? Do you think that you would never be able to clear your head or not think? Well you don't have to!
Meditation is the process of becoming focused. It is about retraining the mind to think about one thing at a time. It is about feeling. With phones beeping, pinging or singing at us all the time, we rarely focus on one thing for long anymore. So "being focused" is becoming a skill - one that we all used to have.
Mindfulness, a popular form of meditation, is the act of paying attention to whatever it is you are doing - on purpose. Instead of going through the motions and not really participating in the activity at all, it is being fully present so that you can - experience - the moment. Sounds easy doesn't it.
The most common mindfulness practice is to focus on the breath. Watch the breath with awareness coming in through the nostrils and filling the belly on the inhalation, and then watching the breath return to the atmosphere and feeling the body return to center on the exhale. This, too, sounds easy doesn't it.
Moxie is the courage and determination to try something new. We all have the ability to "do" meditation. We just need to commit a little bit of our time to something that will help us live our lives better!.
Simple - Yes; easy - Maybe Not.
Try mindfulness meditation. Set aside just a few minutes each day and see what comes to life for you. Or join us for one of our meditation classes. Meditation Moxie is on Tuesdays, iRest is on Fridays, and some of our yoga classes end with meditation.
We hope to see you on the mat!
Yoga helps us in so many ways! One of the most important benefits of yoga is its ability to help us sleep. Sleep is necessary for rejuvinating our bodies and minds. But so many of us spend nights tossing and turning instead of sleeping.
Here are a few articles that discuss one of the best benefits of yoga - Sleep!
5 Ways Yoga Can Help You Sleep
Yoga for Better Sleep - Harvard Medical School
Yoga Helps Relieve Sleep Problems
Yoga can Help with Insomnia
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