Meditation has been used for centuries to increase calmness and physical relaxation, improve psychological balance, cope with illness, and enhance overall health and well-being. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a growing body of scientific research on meditation suggests that it is a very powerful tool for increasing the capacity for mindfulness, regulating emotion, and enhancing self-awareness.
On May 19, Gina Sandgren, a long-time practitioner and teacher of meditation, will share simple methods to naturally offset the chaotic cycle of a busy day by restoring mind and body.
What is Meditation?
In our active state of doing, our concept of self is always changing and vulnerable to societal comparisons, obligations and so much noise (inner and outer chatter). Meditation is exercise for the mind like walking is to the body. It can be a tool to tap into the reservoir of stillness that already exists within us. When we cultivate stillness in our lives, we begin to hear our voice again and connect with the essence of who we are. The more we meditate, the more we show up in life as ourselves.
A comparison that comes to mind is the constant use of our devises. My computer needs to power down before it reboots to activate any systems changes or upgrades. We require the same process if we expect to effectively integrate any physical, emotional or spiritual changes or upgrades in our life. We can use meditation as a tool to unplug, therefore off-setting all the experiences and stimuli we are bombarded with daily. It’s in stillness (power down) that these effects take hold (boot up). The beauty of this practice is that we move effortlessly and naturally toward purpose. It’s not something we need to work hard at it's inherent in the practice. The practice is the means and the end. Try it, trust it…do it without judgment…notice what happens.