Meditation Instructor Certification Article on Meditation

Meditation is an age old practice.  It is associated with spirituality but also over all health.  While originally spiritual in essence, in recent years it has become an alternative health practice in the West.

Meditation, especially Eastern Meditation, is still very spiritual even if Westerners only look for the health benefits

Meditation is not just a fad but is an excellent tool for better health, stress reduction, and a better mental outlook.  For those who are spiritual, it is also an immensely useful tool in becoming closer with God.  Eastern as well as Western religions utilize it.  In this blog, we will look at the most prominent types of meditation, their uses and the health benefits associated.  We will also review AIHCP’s Meditation Instructor Certification.

Meditation as a spiritual tool is its oldest use.  Meditation in the far East was used to become closer to God.  Hinduism looks for reunification.  The soul tries to reunify with Brahman.  Through meditation, this reunification can occur sooner in life or lives.  With this in mind, many of the techniques used for relaxation are focused on helping the mind escape the body.

In Christianity, meditation has a different use.  Reunification with divinity is not the purpose but becoming closer to God.  While it may appear the same there are fundamental differences in this.  In the East, there is total union.  There is no longer separation between beings but everything itself becomes being.  In the West, the difference between Creator and creation is maintained.  So union is quite different in these traditions.

Whichever religion one may be, spiritual meditation is a critical part of any faith.  As a deeper form of prayer, it allows one to deeply communicate with the divine and become spiritually closer.  This is essential in any religious and spiritual relationship.  Individuals look to not only become better persons but also become closer with their God.

Since meditation has come to the West, many of the Eastern techniques have been utilized in secular settings.   Christian Meditation has not become as secular, but only Eastern meditation.   It is important to note this for individuals who wish to use Eastern meditation as a health option but also avoid any spiritual aspects that may contradict their faith.  Caution is needed for these Christian Westerners who wish to meditation for health purposes.

Those not seeking any type of spiritual connection look for the mind and body benefits of meditation solely.  Mindfulness Meditation is an Eastern use.  It is very popular for executives and stressed individuals.  This type of meditation looks to focus on all thoughts and words.  This type of meditation has no judgement upon what thoughts enter.  Another type of meditation is Transcendental Meditation.  This meditation is more structured and scientifically studied.  As the most popular form of meditation, it is used by those who are more serious about meditating.  The structure is far more deep than mindfulness meditation.  (1)

Other forms of meditation include mantra meditation where words are recited.  Also focused meditation utilizes all five senses.   Another type of meditation involves movement, such as yoga. Ultimately, all types of meditation were originally intended for spiritual ends but their health benefits can also be utilized.

Obviously the health benefits of meditation beyond the spiritual are multiple.  Stress reduction is the biggest reason anyone utilizes meditation.  From stressed parents to high end executives, individuals look to meditation to find relaxation and less stress.  The results are more calm and less hormones from stress, such as cortisol, that can cause higher blood pressure and issues with the heart.  In addition to this benefit, meditation also helps the immune system, reduces muscle aches, can ease inflammation, and help relax muscles for better movement. (2)

Meditation has numerous health benefits but primarily helps fight stress and stress related ailments

In addition to this, mentally meditation can help the mind with anxiety, depression, as well as other mental stresses.  A calmer, clearer mind is beneficial for all health systems within the body.  When meditation is combined with other alternative health practices, such as hypnotherapy or EFT, one can even see better results against other mental issues.

With so many benefits, many individuals are looking to learn how to meditate.  They are individually practicing, or looking for groups to join.  Meditation books, videos, and meditation classes are in larger demand.  Individuals, as well as corporations are looking to train in meditation for the multitude of benefits.  This is also true in the work place, where employers are even utilizing meditation instructors to train employees in mindfulness.

Certified Meditation Instructors are excellent candidates to help meet these needs.   Meditation Instructors can offer classes, advice and training to firms, corporations, as well as individuals.  They can offer small classes or large classes.   Individuals with an interest in meditation and various backgrounds in healthcare, or education in healthcare and meditation are great candidates to become certified meditation instructors.   Life coaches, trainers, nurses, massage therapists, spiritual gurus or those with education in the subject can all take advantage of the interest in meditation.  They can then utilize their skills helping the general public benefit from the mental and physical aspects of meditation.  Again, the biggest movement towards meditation is the secular crowd looking for mental and physical health benefits.

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals offers a certification for Meditation Instructors.  The Meditation Instructor Certification is an online, self paced program designed for working professionals.  The program entails online courses that educate the individual in the basics of meditation.  After completing the required meditation courses, the individual can then apply for a four year certification.   The certification can be renewed every four years.  During the four year spans, the meditation instructor must display five hundred hours of work within the field of meditation, as well as fifty hours of continuing education.

Learn how to become a certified Meditation Instructor. You can then help others learn the value of meditation in their daily lives

The courses again are online and self paced.  After the completion of each course, one receives a certificate of completion.  The American Institute of Health Care Professional has offered this certification for over Fifteen years and has successfully certified individuals throughout the country in many different career settings.  If you are interested or would like to become a certified Meditation Instructor, then please review the Meditation Program and see if it meets your professional and academic goals.

In the meantime, meditation continues to become a growing field.  Individuals from every aspect of private and professional life are utilizing its benefits.   With such a growing marker, qualified professionals can offer their services and benefit in this business field.

 

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/types-of-meditation#movement-meditation
  2. https://www.foodmatters.com/article/7-health-benefits-of-meditation

Grief Counseling Certification Article and Approaching the Bereaved

It is important to be there for family and friends when they lose someone.  What to say and what to do can sometimes be confusing though.  We want to help but may not know how.

Knowing what to say to the bereaved can be difficult for the untrained. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification

The article, “6 thoughtful things to do when someone passes away” from Considerable Staff looks at how we can approach this difficult situation and help others.  The article states,

“Offers of support can be open-ended and vague, and often the last thing a grieving person wants to do is devote effort to an ambiguous offer of food or company.  Knowing the best way to lend a hand can be difficult, but it shouldn’t stop you from trying.”

Hopefully we can all be better friends and family to those suffering a loss.  To read the entire article, please click here

Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.

Funeral Associate Certification Article on Funerals and Jewish Rites

Jewish end of life traditions and funeral preparation are intriguing spiritual studies.  If in a spiritual counselor or a funeral associate it is important to have a vast knowledge of different religious traditions.

It is important to understand various traditions within the Jewish faith regarding death as a funeral associate. Please review our Funeral Associate Certification

The article, “Jewish Funeral Service Rituals” by Kirk Fox states,

“Will you be attending a Jewish funeral for the first time? If so, you may have questions or be unsure what to expect. Here is a general overview of Jewish customs and traditions surrounding death, burial, and mourning to be aware of when attending a funeral in the Jewish faith. ”

To read the entire article, please click here

Please also review our Spiritual Counseling Program, as well as our Funeral Associate Program

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Mass Shooting Post Grief

There is nothing more unexpected and more traumatic than a school shooting.  The lasting grief and forever scars on the survivors are unfathomable.   Family, fellow students, and the community all suffer traumatically from such senseless loss.

Mass shootings are the things of nightmares and a traumatic form of loss and grief.  Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification
Mass shootings are the things of nightmares and a traumatic form of loss and grief. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification

The article, “Lasting Grief After a Mass Shooting” by Ashley Fetters looks closer at this horrific pain and loss.  The article states,

“Mass shootings often result in a particularly difficult kind of grief known as traumatic grief. Littleton describes traumatic grief as a PTSD reaction that occurs when someone is grieving over another person’s violent or unexpected death; in other words, traumatic grief occurs when someone has PTSD symptoms on top of grief symptoms.”

To read the entire article, please click here

Unfortunately this type of grief is all too common for America as a collective whole.  We all suffer from this loss in some way, with some more intimately connected than others.

Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic needs.

Grief Counseling Certification Article on Child Grief and Loss

Interesting article on experiencing grief at a young age and how it affects one in adulthood.

The article, “Tragedy, magical thinking, and the lasting impact of grief” by Geraldine de Brit looks at a tragic loss of her mother and sibling in an accident and how she felt and adapted through the years.

Tragic loss and a young age can have life long implications.  Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification
Tragic loss and a young age can have life long implications. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification

The article states,

“Even now, 42 years later, this event still has the ability to feel unreal, like it must have been a mistake and I ask myself, “ how could it have happened? How could I not have seen them in all this time?” In such moments it can even feel like they might still come back, like I am leading an interim life until they do.”

To read the entire article, please click here

Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification to see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

Christian Counseling Certification on the Joy of Receiving

Please also review our Christian Counseling Certification
Please also review our Christian Counseling Certification

The title of this blog, the “Joy of Receiving” may surprise a few at first but the role a Christian plays in accepting something is as important in the role they play in giving.   We have heard the phrase, “it is truly better to give than to receive” but like all reciprocal relationships, there needs to a proper balance.

If one only takes, then obviously one can detect a clear selfish individual who preys upon the generosity of others.   If one only takes, then they are unable to share, or help others in life.  These individuals tend to be more materialistic and greed filled.  They feel no need to share their talents, or share their gifts to others.  They care very little for the poor or others in need.  The thought of making someone’s else day a better day through a simple generous gesture is beyond their comprehension.  Ultimately, they are unable to experience the reciprocity of love because they only take.    I feel many of the Biblical warnings of greed and selfishness address their spiritual deficiencies.

And yet upon the opposite spectrum, while the Christian who only gives truly sees the more spiritual path, they must also learn to occasionally take with joy as well.  If they do not learn to accept or take, then first, how can they ever accept the greatest gift of all, redemption?  Jesus Christ gave us the ultimate gift through his death and we must accept this gift without hesitation if we are to have salvation.

In this reality, love is a reciprocal act.  It is not poached through greed or selfishness but mutual self-giving.  Love is a reciprocal action of mutual giving and receiving.  In this reality, a Christian must not only give, but also be able to receive.  This is critical to understand if one is to understand love and its relational status.

Love is recipocal and involves giving but also receiving for it to be able to function
Love is recipocal and involves giving but also receiving for it to be able to function

Those who tend to the extreme of only giving, fail to experience the love of being accepted, being loved and given something special, but they also fail to allow others to experience the same joy of giving they experience.  Sometimes even the saintly fail in this category.  They are very dismissive to receive from another out of an over religious zeal of unworthiness.  At the other extreme, some may feel the obligation to give and give out of a sense of duty and when that duty is challenged, their pride is hurt.

Jesus taught us the opposite.  He gave completely but when the times came, he permitted others the joy of giving.  We see this clearly when the women at the house cleaned his feet with the most previous oils.  We also see it at his birth, when the Magi brought the three precious gifts.

As Christians, we must have a balanced spiritual life.  We must give as Christ gave, but we must also allow others to experience the joy of giving as well.  This means letting go of possible pride, or false unworthiness and accept gifts with Christian joy.  In doing so, we balance the reciprocity of love and allow others to experience the gift of giving itself.   We must learn to accept gifts, the way we accept Christ’s ultimate gift on the cross with love.  In doing so, we will better be able to share in the reciprocity of love that is both giving and accepting.

Please also review the Christian Counseling Certification Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals.

 

Stress Management Article on Managing Stress at Work

Good article on dealing with stress at work and navigating through it with your team.  Reducing stress is critical in Stress Management and can be used in the professional setting to calm employees and increase productivity.  Please click here to learn more about stress reduction.

Managing stress at work and leading the team to success can be difficult and stress management skills are key
Managing stress at work and leading the team to success can be difficult and stress management skills are key

The article, How To Negotiate With Your Team In Stressful Situations, by Tanya Tarr lists how a team leader can help manage his or her team through stressful and difficult situations.  She states,

 “My whole team is going to quit,” read a text from my friend and former client, Janice (not her real name). Janice is a new manager, working for an exciting start-up in the health and tech space. As is often the dynamic of start-up life, every task is urgent and everything needed to be done yesterday. But Janice knew this approach to project management was creating near-toxic conditions for her newly-created team of ten.”

To read the entire article  please click here

Please also review our stress management education program and see if it matches your academic and professional needs.

Substance Abuse Counseling Certification Article on Teen Drinking

Good article on the dangers of teen substance abuse and five critical tips parents can use in order to protect their teens from dangerous and life altering decisions regarding substance abuse.  Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Certification and see if it matches your academic and professional needs.  Click here to review

Keeping the teens safe is a big concern for parents. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program
Keeping the teens safe is a big concern for parents. Please also review our Substance Abuse Counseling Program

The article, 5 Tips for Parents Dealing With Teen Substance Abuse, states

“Catching substance abuse early can help guide a teen back on track and potentially avoid years of physical, emotional, financial and legal repercussions.

Teen substance abuse is serious. According a survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more than 7,800 people in the US begin using illicit drugs every day and more than half are under the age of 18. Finding out a teen is using drugs can be a scary and stressful experience for a parent.

To read the entire article and learn the five tips to help your teen then please click here

Please also review our program in Substance Abuse Counseling and see if it matches your academic and professional needs

Bereavement Counseling Certification Article on Executive Grief

Good article on executives and handling grief.

Please also review our Bereavement Counseling Certification
Please also review our Bereavement Counseling Certification

The article, Three Ways Executives Can Cope With Grief, by Caroline Stokes states

“When a loved one dies, it’s expected that the bereaved may turn to a therapist, grief counselor, support group or another trusted helper. These professionals can help shoulder the daily burden of grief and offer support and guidance in an extremely vulnerable time.

But for an executive, decreased functioning in their personal life can have ramifications for the larger organization and on any dependent employees.”

To read the entire article, please click here

Please review our Bereavement Counseling Certification