What is Meditation
Meditation is a mental exercise that involves relaxation, focus, and awareness.
The goal of meditation is not to stop thoughts and feelings, but to become the observer of them from a place of stillness and non-judgment. It is about expanding awareness and developing a healthy sense of perspective.
Originally, the word “meditate” actually means to think deeply about something. However, nowadays the concept of meditation has more to do with the exercise of focusing attention than to reflect deeply.
Psychology defines meditation as “a family of mental training practices that are designed to familiarize the practitioner with specific types of mental processes”.
There are different techniques or approaches to meditation, being mindfulness the most popular one, but they all share the same goal: to make the mind still in order to achieve clarity and heightened awareness.
Important facts about the practice of meditation:
- Meditation is an individual practice, even if done in a group.
- Meditation is often done with eyes closed, but some techniques can be done with eyes open.
- Meditation usually involves bodily stillness, but there are also techniques that involve movement such as walking meditation or by integrating mindfulness in other activities.
Numerous studies have been made to prove how practising meditation regularly can bring tremendous benefits to physical, mental and emotional health.
- Reduces worry and anxiety.
- Reduces stress and feelings of depression.
- Improves self-esteem and self-acceptance.
- Improves resilience to emotional pain and adversity.
- Increases feelings of optimism, relaxation and awareness.
- Helps prevent unhealthy habits such as emotional eating and certain addictions
- Improves mood and emotional intelligence
- Enhances social abilities and impacts relationships positively.
- Increases focus, memory and general mental strength.
- Improves cognitive abilities and creative thinking.
- Better decision making and problem-solving abilities.
- Helps to ignore distractions and helps manage ADHD.
- Strengthens the immune system and increases energy levels
- Reduces blood pressure and increases longevity
- Improves heart and brain health
- Lessens inflammation in the body
- Helps prevent and reduce symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia
Why use the services of a Meditation Coach/Teacher?
If you are new to meditation, when you begin you might feel like there are too many thoughts taking over your mind and struggle to be present. Or you might be bothered by different body sensations that will cause you to not be able to relax or fully benefiting from the practice. This can cause you to think that you aren’t doing it right and make you even more anxious and eventually stop trying.
Having a meditation teacher will increase your chances of developing an enjoyable and fruitful practice. As a meditation teacher, I will guide you and help you take full advantage of the experience.
I will not only guide you during meditation and help you navigate the experience, but also teach you about different techniques, such as related to breathing, mindfulness, visualisation, among others. I will also answer all your questions and make suggestions that will help you improve your technique.
I do not focus on one approach to meditation only, my goal is to use different techniques to create a unique experience that will help you expand your awareness.
Free Guided Meditations
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