As a yoga teacher and a positive psychology based life coach, I do my best to practice what I preach, share what I learn, and be mindful of my thoughts, feelings, and actions.
A consistent meditation practice supports my ability to do all this and is something that I recommend to ALL of my clients because it offers big rewards for a small investment. In addition, it can be done by anyone regardless of current health, financial situation, or life circumstances.
When I established a consistent meditation practice in 2016, my life had a discernible shift. Not on the outside, but on the inside. The big question of my life’s work started to gain clarity, my anxiety decreased, my patience increased, I recognized that I could choose my response (versus react) to life challenges, I became a better mother, wife, sister, friend, yoga teacher, (fill in the blank). Everything seemed…well…better. Nothing really changed on the outside, but my view of it is different.
A quote from Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, sums up how I feel about meditation.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
Not only do you gain growth and freedom in your mind (and life), research shows that a regular meditation has a gazillion other benefits, including:
- reduced stress
- improved concentration
- increased self-awareness
- increased happiness
- slowed aging
- strengthened immune health
It’s hard to believe how all that can be gained from such a simple practice of sitting in stillness and quieting the mind.
Take note…I said “simple", not “easy”. It is actually quite challenging. It takes tenacity, discipline, but it mostly takes a willingness to learn about meditation and to try it...again and again.
For the record, it took me several years of exploring different ways to meditate with many failed attempts. I now have a practice that works for me and I want to share it with you.
I have put together all my learning's, best practices, and resources in a 90-minute workshop being offered this Sunday, April 15, at my home away from home, the beautiful Yoga Bliss Studio in Fairlawn. Click here or call the studio at(330) 576-6687 to find out more or to register.