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MINDFUL MEDITATION

Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
— John Kabat-Zinn

What Can I expect in a meditation class?

Going to your first meditation class can be a little daunting. Here are a few things you can expect when you take a class with me:

Introduction:

First, we get started with a brief introduction to the class. Just a few details about how to make this experience work best for you.

Take your seat:

You can sit in a chair, on a cushion on the floor, kneeling…or even lying down. Whatever supports you in a wakeful but comfortable state. (lying down can often lead to nap-time…so…I recommend you try a seated position.) We can find a posture that will support your body.

Practice:

I guide you through the meditation practice. This is a mindful based approach to meditation…meaning, we pay attention to what is going on in each moment. Paying attention to breath is part of a typical class that I teach.

Say “HI!” to the monkeys*:

Our minds have a LOT going on sometimes. So much so, that the active mind is often referred to the “monkey mind”. So, when we meditate, noticing that the monkey mind can often take our attention away from the breath. We can just say “hi”, notice that the mind is thinking…and move our awareness back to the breath. This is a big part of the mindful meditation experience.

*sorry, no ACTUAL monkeys in meditation class…

Discussion:

At the end of each meditation class, I do a little check-in. We discuss what the meditation experience was like, and I answer any questions you may have before sending you on your way.


Why Meditate?!

Meditation has amazing benefits to your mind and well-being! Here are just a few reasons why you should practice:

  • reduces anxiety

  • increases happiness

  • decreases depression

  • increases focus & attention

  • improves memory

  • increases your brain’s grey matter

  • improves ability to regulate emotions

I could go on and on all day...


Kabir says this:
just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things,
and stand firm in that which you are.
— Kabir