Offerings

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it” 

Meditation

Meditation is one of those words that's really hard to define. My interpretation is that meditation is a whole state of being. The dictionary defines meditation as: to engage in contemplation or reflection,  to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one's breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness, to focus one's thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over. 

 

Lawerece LeShan says, "We meditate to find, to recover, to come back to something of ourselves we once dimly and unknowingly had and have lost without knowing what it was or where or when we lost it. We may call it access to more of our human potential or being closer to ourselves and to reality, or to more of our capacity for love and zest and enthusiasm, or our knowledge that we are a part of the universe and can never be alienated or separated from it, or our ability so see and function in reality more effectively. As we work at meditation, we find that each of these statements of the goal has the same meaning...

 

There are many paths of meditation. All take work. There is no easy or royal road to the goal we seek. Further, there is no end to the search; there is no position from which we can say, "Now I have arrived, I can stop working." As we work we find ourselves more at home in the universe, more at ease with ourselves, more able to work effectivelt at our tasks and toward our goal, closer to our fellow humans, less anxious and less hostile. We do not, however, reach an end. As in all serious matters - love, the appreciation of beauty, efficiency - there is no endpoint to the potiental of human growth. We work -in meditation- as part of a process; we seek a goal knowing it is forever unattainable."

Benefits

  • Reduces stress

  • Manages anxiety

  • Promotes emotional health

  • Enhances self-awareness

  • Lengthens attention span

  • May reduce age-related memory loss

  • Can generate kindness

  • May help fight addictions

  • Improves sleep

  • Helps pain management

  • Can decrease blood pressure

  • Can be practiced anywhere

What's Included

  • Guided meditations personalized to your specific needs

  • Copy of meditation scripts

  • Group meditations (in-person and online)

Styles

There are many styles of meditation, some common ones are:

  • Mindfulness meditation:  the process of being fully present with your thoughts. Being mindful means being aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not being overly reactive to what’s going on around us. When practicing mindfulness meditation, you observe your thoughts and emotions but let them pass without judgement
     

  • Transcendental meditation: a simple technique in which a personally assigned mantra, such as a word, sound, or small phrase, is repeated in a specific way. It’s practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. The idea is that this technique will allow you to settle inward to a profound state of relaxation and rest, with the goal of achieving inner peace without concentration or effort. 
     

  • Guided meditation: also called guided imagery or visualization, is a method of meditation in which you form mental pictures or situations that you find relaxing. This process is typically led by a guide or teacher, hence “guided.” It’s often suggested to use as many senses as possible, such as smell, sounds, and textures, to evoke calmness in your relaxing space.
     

  • Vipassana meditation: the goal  is self-transformation through self-observation. This is accomplished through disciplined attention to physical sensations in the body, to establish a deep connection between the mind and body. The continuous interconnectedness results in a balanced mind full of love and compassion, teachers of the practice claim. Vipassana is typically taught during a 10-day course, and students are expected to follow a set of rules throughout the entirety of the time, including abstaining from all intoxicants, telling lies, stealing, sexual activity, and killing any species.
     

  • Metta meditation: also known as loving-kindness meditation,  is the practice of directing well wishes toward others. Those who practice recite specific words and phrases meant to evoke warm-hearted feelings. It’s typically practiced while sitting in a comfortable, relaxed position. After a few deep breaths, you repeat the following words slowly and steadily. “May I be happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be peaceful and at ease.

(thanks to everydayhealth.com for this info)