For thousands of years, those in most tune with the universe - ancient sages, saints, and others of boundless wisdom - have known that everyone has within themselves the power to cultivate their own peace and joy as well as the capacity to tap into universal truths and wisdom. In our modern times, science has become intrigued by this power and has done innumerable studies on the benefits of meditation. From all the different angles that science has probed this practice, it has been discovering that meditation does, in fact, have the power to make us "better." "Better" means many things depending on where the research is looking. It means better emotional control, greater compassion, reduced stress, better sleep, reduced anxiety, improved focus, enhanced decision-making, improved immune system, greater ability to handle pain, and so much more.
There really isn't a problem area in our lives which doesn't benefit from meditation. Meditation can help us emotionally when we feel overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed can manifest physically by causing headaches, nausea, pain, and can contribute to chronic symptoms and disease. Using meditation to cope with feelings of being overwhelmed cuts through that negative feeling, manifesting a sense of calmness and peace. Counteracting the overwhelming emotion improves the physical symptoms. This is but one example, but when we look at ourselves holistically we understand that we are not comprised of many separate ailments, hurts, and discomforts, but that everything within is intertwined and dependent. Unlike taking a pill, when meditating we aren't just targeting one area for improvement. By using meditation to soothe our feeling of being overwhelmed, we are also improving our memory, cardiovascular health, empathy, joy, and so on. Meditation is an incredibly effective tool to center ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually to begin to right our ship.
It is so easy to let life carry us from one thing to the next - from project to project, meeting to meeting, errand to errand, problem to problem. Our perpetual motion drives us into states of agitation, restlessness, nervousness, fear, and anxiety. We have a solution within our very selves to counter these negative states: stillness. In stillness we can calm our minds and slow our breath, which garners numerous scientifically-proven physical and emotional benefits. Using meditation, we can reach our highest selves - our greatest potential. We can use our focus in meditation to activate the part of our nature where creativity, intuition, and solutions live.
Although meditation is completely natural and everyone has the ability to access its benefits within themselves, the most effective techniques for reaching a higher state of awareness are not inherent, but instead must be learned. There are highly effective meditation techniques which have been used for thousands of years. I have been using these techniques in my own practice and have experienced how they can cultivate a deeper meditation practice. I am a certified Ananda® meditation teacher, and I am honored to be able to share the techniques and philosophies with those who are ready to start their meditation journey. Please contact me to get started!