Mindfulness and Meditation

The mind makes for a very capable servant, but a very poor master. 

You are using the most powerful, complicated, and dangerous instrument the universe may have ever created, and yet, you weren’t ever given basic instruction.  What could possibly go wrong?  Well, as it turns out, a lot. 

The mind has the power to do many things.  It can get stuck in the past, such as replaying a conversation from earlier in the day or reminding us all too often of painful things we have been through.  It also frequently gets stuck in the future, such as making plans or playing worrisome “what if” games.  Allowing the mind to run in these ways is dangerous because our minds get better at whatever they do the most.  All that mental activity also prevents us from truly relaxing and enjoying the present moment, let alone sleeping soundly. 

The good news is that the mind can be managed (and should be), but it isn’t our habit to do so.  The most effective way we have found to manage our mind is through the practice of Mindfulness.  Mindfulness is the ability to direct the mind in all moments, and it’s a literal superpower that you can develop!  As we learn to be more careful, we direct the mind towards positive states of mind which, over time, become personality traits.   

We teach you methods that will work for you.  There are some common pitfalls along the way, and we can help you avoid them before they become habits. 

Meditation

While there are many ways to cultivate mindful awareness, meditation is the best method we have come up with.  Meditation trains us in the ability to watch the mind and allow thoughts to arise and pass without much effect.  If we can do that, we can better choose our reactions to the various situations in our lives, especially the challenging ones. 

Many people have the idea that meditation is a religious practice particular to Hinduism or Buddhism.  That’s like saying singing is a Christian tradition because most services include it.  While some religions emphasize the use of meditation, it is not particular to any tradition and has been developed in the West in a completely nonreligious way.

 Perhaps you have read books on meditation or practiced with an app.  That’s great, let’s talk about your practice and how things are progressing, and make sure any questions or concerns are fully addressed.  Maybe your practice is stagnating, or you are just finding it difficult to do even though you know how good it will be for you.  We’ve faced it, we know how challenging things can feel sometimes, that’s why having a teacher is so important.

We are here to support your path, from beginner to more advanced methods.  Call for a free, 15-minute discussion about your mindfulness and meditation goals, we think you’ll enjoy hearing what we have to offer you.

 

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