Meditation Classes are available.
Meditation is simply the act of slowing down the body and mind. During meditation you can bring your awareness to a specific focus. Deep breathing or breathe work is one of the fundamental ways to get into a meditative state. In this case the breath is the point of focus. Physiologically the breath has a calming and relaxing effect on the body and mind. The point of focus one directs their attention to while in meditation can be a number of things:
- A word or chant
- The body
- An image or scene
- Feeling, emotion, or belief
When it comes to learning to meditate really it is a matter of practicing regularly and taking time each day to just do it. Using a guided meditation when you are first starting a meditation practice can be very helpful. With regular meditation you will be able to easily and effortlessly get yourself into a relaxed state. With regular meditation practice you will also easily focus your awareness and connect to all sorts of amazing insights.
Four Meditation Styles
- Kinesthetic - when you close your eyes and direct your focus you feel sensations or emotions
- Visual - when you close your eyes you actually see images or colors
- Auditory - when you close your eyes you hear sounds or voices
- Cognitive - when you direct your focus you have an insight or awareness without the any of the three above
Many people do not "see" when they meditate. When you are meditating "sight/seeing" refers to all of the above. You will likely have 1 or 2 meditation styles that you use more when you meditate.
Meditation is a key component to the Congruent Wellness philosophy and approach. To assist you with this tool we offer meditation classes and guided meditation CDís.
A Simple Exercise To Help You Meditate
While sitting or lying down comfortably, imagine you have a paint brush and imagine that you are stroking your big toe on your left foot with the paint brush. You can do this with your eyes open or closed but it may be easier with the eyes closed. Really picture this paint brush stroking your toe.
If you are kinesthetic you will really feel the sensation of the brush stroking your big toe. If you are visual you will focus more on the image of the brush and toe usually with detail. If you are auditory you may hear the sound of the brush stroking the toe. If you are cognitive you will just know that the brush is stroking your toe. You may notice you experience more than one style.
Continue with the visualization moving to each toe on the left foot, then the right big toe and all the other toes on the right. Take your time and really imagine the process. When you are done the toes move up the feet and continue moving up the body.
As you go through this focused concentration you will become more and more relaxed. You can use this anytime you need to relax your body and mind.