The average brain has between 50 – 80,000 thoughts per day. Meditation aims to find the space between these thoughts. This space is achieved through single pointed awareness. Successful meditation does not equate to sitting upright rigidly cross-legged in absolute stillness, willing the mind to be silent. Instead, it comes through a journey of stepping outside of one’s self to watch the thoughts as they pass.
Meditation can be approached from a number of different angles. Commonly used techniques include: mantra (instrument of the mind) meditation, guided meditation, visual meditation, moving meditation, mindfulness meditation, and pranayama (breath control). Establishing a regular meditation practice depends upon a commitment to meeting your unique, and ever changing, wants, needs, and desires.
Meditation has been shown to:
- Manage stress
- Reduce anxiety
- Decrease heart rate and blood pressure
- Enhance oxygen usage
- Regulate digestion
- Increase metabolism
- Increase immune system function
- Enhance clarity
- Enhance memory retention
- Yield a greater sense of peace
Perhaps finding the space between your thoughts feels like an insurmountable task. Consider joining in community energy by dropping into one of the weekly offerings at Balanced for Life Yoga Therapy (as noted on the Schedule tab). If you’d prefer, contact Josette directly to schedule a time to meet one-on-one to explore the practice further.
The following is a sample meditation for you to enjoy – A guided body scan!