Types of Meditation for Health

Meditation has gone from merely a spiritual exercise to a mental and physical exercise.  Primarily Eastern meditation and it deep ties to relaxing the body for its own spiritual purposes has been transferred to the West as a holistic approach to better health.  Meditation has been shown in studies to help one physically and mentally.  Better focus, better control of emotion and healthier hearts are all an end result.  It is important to discover what type of meditation is best for oneself.  With so many types of meditation available for better mental and physical health, it can be difficult to choose and learn these techniques.  Meditation Instructors can also help individuals better learn to properly implement meditation into their daily lives.

There are a variety of meditations individuals can utilize for overall health. Meditation Instructors can help guide individuals to the best ones.

 

The article, “10 different types of meditation—and which one is right for you” by Karen Johnson looks at the benefits of meditation and the different types one can use.  She lists in particular ten different types of meditation and how they can be utilized for physical, mental and emotional health.   From mindfulness to various poses, Johnson discusses a variety of meditation poses and techniques that one can utilize.  She states,

“Meditation may have started as early as 5000 B.C., but no matter how long, the practice has become more popular as people look for non-pharmaceutical ways to boost their mental health. Different variations on the practice have been developed throughout the world, including India, China, and Japan. Some are associated with spiritual practices including Hinduism, Taoism, and Buddhism, while others are secular.”

“10 different types of meditation—and which one is right for you”. Karen Johnson. November 5th, 2022. Stacker.com.

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Commentary

The benefits of meditation on health are numerous and well-documented. Meditation has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve circulation, reduce stress levels, boost the immune system, and promote overall well-being.  Mindfulness meditation has been shown to be beneficial for overall health. A review of 47 trials found that mindfulness meditation can help reduce psychological stress. In addition, another review of 14 trials found that mindfulness meditation can help reduce pain. Finally, a systematic review of the literature found that mindfulness meditation is associated with improvements in mental health, physical health, and quality of life.

In addition to physical health, Mindfulness meditation is an effective intervention for improving mental health. Numerous studies have found that mindfulness meditation can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Meditation works by helping the individual to focus on the present moment and become more aware of their thoughts and feelings. This increased awareness can help to reduce negative thinking and rumination, which are often linked to mental health problems.

Types of Meditation

There are many types of meditation, but they can broadly be classified into two categories: focused attention and open monitoring. Focused attention meditation involves focusing on a single object, thought, or activity, such as the breath, a mantra, or a certain visual object. The goal is to maintain that focus while letting other thoughts and distractions come and go without getting caught up in them. Open monitoring meditation is about observing all of the thoughts, feelings, and sensations that arise without judgment or attachment.

Guided meditation is a form of mindfulness meditation in which a person is guided by a teacher or another individual through the process of meditation. The individual is typically instructed to focus on their breath and to maintain a state of relaxation and awareness. Guided meditation can be an effective way to learn how to meditate, as it can help to focus the mind and provide guidance and support.

Focused meditation is a form of mindfulness meditation in which you focus your attention on a specific object, thought, or activity. The purpose of focused meditation is to increase your awareness of the present moment and improve your concentration. In order to practice focused meditation, find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. Close your eyes and focus your attention on your breath. Once you have focused on your breath, begin to count each inhale and exhale.

Visualization meditation is a type of mindfulness meditation in which you focus on a certain image or scene. You may focus on something peaceful, like a beach or a meadow, or something that represents what you want to manifest in your life. The idea is to hold the image in your mind and focus on the feelings it evokes, such as relaxation or happiness. over time, this practice can help to train your brain to more easily access states of calm and peace.

Meditation pose, mantra and breath

When one is meditating, it is important to maintain a posture that is comfortable and stable. This allows for the individual to focus their attention on their breath and the present moment, rather than on any discomfort they may be feeling. There are many different meditation poses that can be adopted, and it is important to find one that suits the individual.  A meditation mantra is a word or phrase that is repeated during meditation. The mantra can be anything that is meaningful to the person meditating. The repetition of the mantra helps to focus the mind and can lead to a deeper state of meditation.  Meditation breathing is a technique that is used to help focus the mind and body. The goal of meditation breathing is to bring the practitioner into a state of relaxation and calm. The technique involves focusing on the breath and letting go of all other thoughts. This can be done by sitting in a comfortable position and focusing on the breath as it moves in and out of the body.

Conclusion 

Science is showing more and more evidence that Eastern meditation and its many forms  aid individuals mentally, emotionally and physically.  Through proper form, pose, breath and mantra, one can lower one’s stress levels, improve heart health and find inner peace from various stressors.  Meditation Instructors can help instruct individuals into the various practices and types of meditation one can wishes to utilize for a particular benefit.

Please also review AIHCP’s Meditation Instructor Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification as a Meditation Instructor.

 

Additional Resources

“Psychology of Meditation and Health: Present Status and Future Directions”. Dilwar Hussain and Braj Bhushan. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy 2010, 10, 3, pp. 439-451.  Access here

“What meditation can do for your mind, mood, and health”. Harvard Health Publishing. July 16, 2014.  Access here

“Which Type of Meditation Is Right for Me?”. Holly J. Bertone, CNHP, PMP and Crystal Hoshaw.  November 5th, 2021. Healthline.  Access here

“What are the Different Types of Meditation?”. Mindworksteam.  Mindworks.  Access here

 

Yoga, Meditation and Anger Management

Controlling anger is key to a healthier life style.  Allowing the actions of others to hurt our own mental and physical health can cause stress and disharmony in the body.  Anger management can help oneself find the ability to better acknowledge anger triggers as well as to better cope with the emotional eruption.  Yoga is one way to learn better ways to cope with anger and control emotion. Yoga is easy to learn and a great way to let off frustration and find inner peace.  There are numerous poses in yoga that can aid an individual in dealing with angry emotions.

The article, “Yoga for anger management: 5 poses to break free” by Anujj Trehaan discusses the various poses one can utilize in yoga to combat anger.  She lists numerous poses from Balasana to Sukhusana.  She also encourages Savasana, Matsyasana, and Uttanasana as important poses.  The article explains the purpose of each pose and how the poses help one better cope with anger.  She states,

Yoga can play an important role in anger management, as well as with stress management in one’s daily life and existence.  Various Yoga poses are also directly correlated with managing anger

 

“It is natural to feel anger but not when it starts getting the better of you.Anger is a powerful emotion and probably the only one that hurts us more than it may hurt someone else.If you find yourself in an unbreakable loop of rage and resentment, we have got your back.Go ahead and try these five yoga poses for anger management.”

“Yoga for anger management: 5 poses to break free”. Anujj Trehaan. October 23rd, 2022. NewsBytes.

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Commentary

When it comes to yoga and anger, there are a few things to consider. For one, anger is often seen as an emotion that needs to be released in order to achieve inner peace. However, yoga teaches us that all emotions should be experienced and then let go of. This can be difficult to do with something as powerful as anger. But if we can learn to experience anger without letting it take over, we can find a balance between the two extremes.

Yoga and meditation can play key roles in reducing stress and anger in life.  They can prevent the sympathetic nervous system from overwhelming the body and keeping the body in a constant state of fight or flight.  It can also help the body find relaxation and reverse it through the para sympathetic nervous system.  This deactivates many of the hormones and the prepare the body for fight or flight and all the emotions that are tied to this response.

Types of Poses for Anger Management

Balasana, also known as child’s pose, is a resting pose in yoga. The word “balasana” comes from the Sanskrit words “bala,” meaning “child,” and “asana,” meaning “pose.” This pose is often used as a resting pose between more active poses, or as a way to release tension and anger. To perform child’s pose, start in a kneeling position with your buttocks resting on your heels.

The Hindi word “suhkusana” can be translated to English as “anger.” This word is often used to describe the feeling of anger that one experiences when they are upset or frustrated. When someone is suhkusana, they may feel like they are about to explode with anger. This feeling can be caused by many different things, such as stress, anxiety, or even just everyday life.  It is of no wonder then why this pose is utilized in anger management.

Savasana, also known as corpse pose, is a posture that is often used in yoga classes. The purpose of savasana is to allow the body and mind to relax and release any tension that has been built up during the practice. Anger is an emotion that is characterized by feelings of frustration, hostility, and/or aggression. It is often triggered by a perceived threat or injustice.

Matsyasana is a yoga asana that helps to release anger. When we are angry, we tend to hold our breath or take shallow breaths. This asana helps to release the tension in the body and allows us to take deep, calming breaths. It also helps to lengthen the spine, which can help to improve our posture and alleviate back pain.

Uttanasana, or “intense stretching pose,” is a yoga asana that is said to be beneficial for anger management. The practice of Uttanasana is said to help release tension and stress from the body, which can often contribute to feelings of anger. In addition, the deep breathing associated with Uttanasana is said to help relax the mind and body, providing a sense of calmness and peace.

Conclusion

In conclusion, yoga is a great way to help manage anger. It can be done in a group setting or at home, and only requires a yoga mat and some comfortable clothing. Yoga can help to focus the mind and body, and release tension that may be causing anger.  If you are feeling angry, there are certain yoga poses that can help you to manage that anger. These poses include the Camel Pose, the Child’s Pose, and the Corpse Pose. By practicing these poses, you can help to calm yourself down and find some inner peace. If you are looking for a way to manage your anger, give yoga a try.

Please also review AIHCP’s program in Anger Management Consulting and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals looking to earn a certification in Anger Management.

AIHCP also offers a program in Meditation Instructor that can help individuals utilize meditation in their daily lives and help teach others.  Obviously Yoga is an important element in meditation and is also discussed. In addition, Yoga also is beneficial in Stress Management and AIHCP also offers a certification for those interested in teaching Stress Management.

All three of these programs are very much integrated and connected in practice and better outcomes with anger and stress.

Additional Resources

“Development and validation of Yoga Module for Anger Management in adolescents”. Alaka ManiTL, etc. al. Complementary Therapies in Medicine Volume 61, September 2021, 102772. Access here

“Yoga for Anger Management: Practice These Yoga Exercises to Control Anger”. Ashish. December 21st, 2021. Fitsri. Access here

“Yoga for Anger Management: Release Negative Energy”. Taylah Soutter. September 20th, 2022. Men’s Yoga Journal.  Access here

“HOW YOGA BENEFITS ANGER MANAGEMENT”. Nicole Anderson. The Strive. Access here

Meditation and Daily Breathing Can Reduce Blood Pressure

Breath is the source of life.  Healthy breathing is important to balance and also reduction in anxiety.  In meditation, breathing frequency and depth play a role in relaxation and stress reduction.   Many in the East have fashioned certain breathing techniques to enhance meditation relaxation for both mental and spiritual reasons.  Incorporating such daily breathing exercises can help well beyond meditation purposes, but also better health in regards to blood pressure and heart health.

Proper daily breathing techniques lower stress and hence reduce blood pressure over a period of time, a study shows.

 

In the article, “How Daily Breathing Exercises Can Help Lower Blood Pressure as Much as Medication” by Eileen Bailey looks at the importance of daily breathing for overall health.  In the article, a study is reviewed that shows a significant impact on lowering blood pressure among participants.   In essence, daily deep breathing has many therapeutic short term and long term effects in lowering stress in life and hence reducing blood pressure.  The article states,

“Using breathing techniques for 5 to 10 minutes a day might help lower blood pressure, according to a study completed at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Arizona. In their study, researchers instructed participants to complete breathing exercises for 5 to 10 minutes daily using a breathing device. The participants were told to take 30 breaths as the machine provided resistance, so their respiratory muscles worked harder. The trial lasted six weeks.”

“How Daily Breathing Exercises Can Help Lower Blood Pressure as Much as Medication”. Eileen Bailey. Healthline. September 28th, 2022

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Commentary

Deep breathing is a technique that can be used to help promote relaxation. When we breathe deeply, it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest and digest functions. This can help to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, and can also help to reduce stress hormones like cortisol. Deep breathing is also thought to help improve circulation and increase oxygenation of the blood.

There are four types of deep breathing: abdominal, costal, clavicular, and diaphragmatic. Abdominal breathing is when the stomach expands while the person inhales. Costal breathing is when the ribs move up and out while the person inhales. Clavicular breathing is when the shoulders rise while the person inhales. Diaphragmatic breathing is when the diaphragm contracts while the person inhales.

Deep Breathing

When you inhale, your diaphragm contracts and moves downward. This increases the volume of your thoracic cavity and causes your lungs to expand and fill with air. The intercostal muscles between your ribs also help lift your chest and increase the volume of your thoracic cavity. As a result, atmospheric pressure decreases and air flows into your lungs.
When you exhale, your diaphragm relaxes and moves upward.  When we breathe deeply, it sends a signal to our brain to relax. This happens because when we breathe deeply, it activates the vagus nerve, which is responsible for slowing down our heart rate. When our heart rate slows down, we feel more relaxed. Additionally, deep breathing increases the levels of oxygen in our blood, which helps to reduce stress hormones like cortisol.

When is the best time to utilize deep breathing? There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on the individual and the situation. However, deep breathing can be helpful in managing stress and anxiety, so it may be beneficial to do so when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Additionally, deep breathing can help to improve focus and concentration, so it may be beneficial to do so before beginning a task that requires your full attention.

In regards to daily routine, it is best to deep breathe to start the day and end the day.

Benefits on Blood Pressure

One of the most common medical conditions in the world is high blood pressure, or hypertension. This condition occurs when the force of blood against your artery walls is too high. Over time, this can lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. There are many different factors that can contribute to high blood pressure, including genetic factors, diet, stress, and other medical conditions. Treatment for high blood pressure typically involves lifestyle changes and medication.  Deep breathing is an additional way to reduce stress and hence lower blood pressure.

How does this react to lowering blood pressure?  As stated, when the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, blood pressure drops.  With less stress, less flight of fight response, blood pressure naturally can drop.  Through continued and consistent daily breathing exercises, one can then lower blood pressure over time.  Other benefits of deep breathing include improved blood circulation, increased lung capacity, and reduced stress levels. Additionally, deep breathing can help to improve sleep quality and digestion.

Conclusion

In conclusion, deep breathing is a simple and effective way to lower blood pressure. Deep breathing slows the heart rate and lowers blood pressure by allowing the body to release tension and relax. Try deep breathing for a few minutes every day to see if it can help lower your blood pressure.  You can utilize deep breathing when stressed at work, school or home, or whenever stress finds you.  You should however though implement it into everyday life even when not stressed as to prepare the body for the day and create a lower blood pressure to start the day.

Please also review AIHCP’s Meditation Instructor Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals.  The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Meditation.  Utilizing deep breathing techniques as a meditation instructor can help many learn to face stress and in the process lower their blood pressure.

Additional Resources

“The impact of music guided deep breathing exercise on blood pressure control – A participant blinded randomised controlled study”. Kow Fei Ping, et,al. Clinical Research Centre, Hospital Pulau Pinang, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. Med J Malaysia, 2018.  Access here

“17 Effective Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure”. Marjorie Hecht. Healthline. October 21st, 2022. Access here

“Meditation and a relaxation technique to lower blood pressure”.  Heart Health.  Harvard Health Publishing.  June 14th, 2020.  Access here

“10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication”. Mayo Clinic Staff.  Mayo Clinic. July 12th, 2022. Access here

 

 

Meditation and Yoga: They both have Benefits

Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC
Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse

 

The benefits of meditation and yoga are vast and varied. They can help to improve mental and physical well-being, increase focus and concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, and boost immunity. Additionally, meditation and yoga can help to increase self-awareness, foster a greater sense of self-compassion and acceptance, and promote more positive thinking patterns.

There are many similarities between meditation and yoga, which is why they are often practiced together. Both involve the use of breath control, focus, and mindfulness. In both practices, the goal is to quiet the mind and achieve a state of relaxation. Additionally, both meditation and yoga can be used as tools for self-improvement and personal growth.

In this article, Yoga and meditation: What are the real health benefits? author Kat Bayly presents us with some interesting information on both modalities and outlines the benefits of both practices. She also shows how both practices can be combined and often are to enhance the experiences. This interesting read will enhance your understanding of using both modalities as complimentary practices to one another to gain better health outcomes in your meditation and yoga practices.

“While meditation primarily works on your mind and thought patterns, yoga moves your body and can help improve your fitness. This isn’t to say that yoga doesn’t work with your mind and improve your mental health. Research has found that yoga can have a positive effect on your mental health too and meditation can also benefit you physically.”

 

 

Yoga and meditation: what are the real health benefits? Bayly, Kat. LiveScience. October 8, 2022. Access article here

Commentary

Benefits of Meditation

There are many health benefits associated with meditation. Some of these benefits include reducing stress, improving cardiovascular health, and reducing pain. Meditation has also been shown to improve cognitive function and increase brain activity. Meditation has been shown to provide a number of benefits for the body. These benefits include reducing stress, improving sleep quality, and reducing pain perception. Meditation has also been shown to improve cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure and improving heart rate variability. Additionally, meditation has been shown to boost the immune system and improve cognitive function.

Meditation has been shown to be beneficial for the mind in a number of ways. First, it can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. This is because meditation helps to promote a state of relaxation and calmness. In addition, meditation can also help to improve concentration and focus. This is due to the fact that it helps to quiet the mind and allows one to focus on a single thought or object. Finally, meditation has also been shown to help improve sleep quality.

Meditation has been shown to be beneficial for spiritual well-being. In a study of over 3,500 adults, researchers found that those who meditated had higher levels of self-actualization and self-transcendence than those who did not meditate. Meditation has also been found to increase feelings of connectedness and positivity, and to decrease anxiety and depression. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, meditation can also help to improve focus, concentration, and memory.

Benefits of Yoga

The benefits of yoga on the body are numerous. From improving flexibility and joint range of motion to reducing stress levels, there is something for everyone. One of the most beneficial aspects of yoga is its ability to improve posture and alleviate pain. By lengthening and stretching the muscles, yoga can help to realign the spine and reduce tension in the shoulders and neck. In addition, the deep breathing associated with yoga helps to oxygenate the blood and promote healing.

The benefits of yoga on the mind are numerous and well-documented. Yoga can help to improve mental clarity and focus, while also reducing stress and anxiety levels. Additionally, yoga has been shown to improve sleep quality and promote a sense of well-being. There is also evidence to suggest that yoga can help to reduce symptoms of depression.

The benefits of yoga on the spiritual are many and varied. For some, yoga provides a way to connect with their higher power or to develop a deeper understanding of their own spirituality. For others, yoga may be a way to reduce stress, anxiety, and negative emotions. Additionally, yoga can help to improve focus and concentration, and promote a sense of peace and well being. Ultimately, the benefits of yoga on the spiritual are unique to each individual and will depend on their own personal journey. Many have claimed profound spiritual experiences during yoga sessions.

Types of Meditation and Yoga

There are many different types of meditation, but some of the most common include mindfulness meditation, Transcendental Meditation, and Zen meditation. Mindfulness meditation is a type of meditation that involves focusing on your breath and being aware of your thoughts and sensations without judgement. Transcendental Meditation is a type of meditation that involves repeating a mantra or sound to help you focus and reach a state of deep relaxation. Zen meditation is a type of meditation that involves sitting in silence and focusing on your breath.

There are many different types of yoga, but some of the most common are Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga yoga. Hatha yoga is a more gentle form of yoga, while Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga are more physically challenging.

In conclusion, both meditation and yoga have benefits and can be practiced by anyone. Meditation can help to clear the mind and focus on the present, while yoga can help to improve flexibility and strength. They are both beneficial in their own ways and can be enjoyed by all.

Meditation Education

Are you a health care professional, or an  ordained or licensed clergy who is interested in teaching meditation to others? If so, please review the Meditation Instructor Education and Certification program offered by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. The program is by distance education in online classroom with faculty mentoring as needed. There is open enrollment and you may begin your program at any time. Our CE courses have board approvals. To begin, you may preview our program by accessing here.

    Additional Resources

1. Meditation for CMT is a No Brainer. Lugo, Estela. Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation. September 22, 2020. Access here.

2. 12 science-Based Benefits of Meditation. Thorpe, Matthew, et.al. Healthline. October 27, 2020. Access here.

3. A Systemic Review of Yoga Interventions for Helping Health Professionals and Students. Ciezar-Andersen, Sylwia, et.al. Complimentary Therapies in Medicine. Vol. 58; May 2021. Access here.

4. Yoga an effective strategy for self-management of stress-related problems and wellbeing during COVID19 lockdown: A cross-sectional study. Sahni, Pooja, et.al. PLOS ONE. February 10, 2021. Access here

Meditation Instructor Certification Article on Daily Meditation

Meditation has numerous mental, emotional and physical benefits.  Meditating every day is a good idea for overall health.

Meditation everyday is a great idea for overall health. Please also review our Meditation Instructor Certification
Meditation everyday is a great idea for overall health. Please also review our Meditation Instructor Certification

The article, “Meditation, The Most Powerful Medicine In Existence: Top 10 Reasons To Do It Every Day” from Doctor NDTV states,

“Meditation is one of the most powerful medicine in existence. Benefits of meditation on physical and mental health are holistic and healing. Meditation is referred to training your mind to get habitual to redirecting and focusing your thoughts. This focus can be done on one single thought, on breathing deep, or listening to some spiritual or devotional mantra.”

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Meditation & Thoughts | Science Of Spirituality Blog

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The article, “Meditation & Thoughts”, by Pravin Agrawal states

“In meditation you find the mind going very deep into itself, but something brings you out. Deep impressions, thoughts, come out and the depth is lost.”

American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight:

Meditation and Your Thoughts

A really good article. Goes into depth about “our thoughts” and how to transcend them with meditation. Meditation is becoming more popular and many are practicing it. Many who take it on continue for a long time with it because the benefits are real. If you are interested in taking meditation courses, you can access information here: meditation courses  

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Beditation 101: Meditation to Help you Sleep

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The article, “Meditating for Sleep: Beditation 101”, by By Kripalu Center states

“Though scientific studies are undecided on whether meditation actually improves sleep (some researchers say it does by easing depression, some say it makes you need less sleep, some reveal increased alertness), I find it the spiritual equivalent of counting sheep.”

American Institute Health Care Professionals’ insight:
If you are having trouble sleeping then maybe you need meditation for sleeping.    Beditation as they call it might be better than warm milk and counting sheep combined.  Learn the techniques talked about here and get a good night’s rest!   Meditation to Help You sleep! For more on meditation please go here:  Meditation certification.   

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A Meditation Guide for Mental Clarity

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Many see meditation has strange, weird or foreign.   Others see meditating as a spiritual or religious practice.   For those that know how to meditate, they know its true meaning.  When you meditate you are simply becoming aware of what you are doing and who you are.   This could mean focusing on an aspect of yourself or focusing on nothing at all and enjoying the silence.   When we use meditation to become aware of ourselves, we often learn.   We learn about what matters and how to deal with what does not.   Through daily meditation we can embrace love and reject stress.   We can prioritize our day to make space for what really matters.  Daily meditating can bring a peace to our lives that many are silently crying out for.   How can you achieve this freedom you ask?   An excellent article details how:

A Meditation Guide for Mental Clarity

The article, “GPS to a Quiet Mind: 6 Meditative Steps to Freedom”, by Ed and Deb Shapiro states

“Meditation is simple and transformative, yet it is highly misunderstood. Some people think it is about controlling our mind or stopping our thinking, while others see it as both weird and wacky or boring and meaningless.”

For the full article please go here.

Meditation does not have to take all day either.  Use these 6 steps to find your center and make meditating a daily practice in your life.
If you want to learn more about meditation then you should check out our page.

Benefits of Meditation From A Theological Perspective

Theological Meditative Benefits

Many of us are aware of the physical benefits of meditation.  However, those are side benefits and not the primary reason why one should utilize meditation in one’s prayer life.   Meditation’s ultimate purpose is to unite one with God.
Whether one approaches meditation from an Eastern or Western theological point of view, the ultimate purpose is spiritual renewal and connection with God.  The benefits of this are beyond

measure because they are spiritual in nature.
Whether one refers to such union as increase of grace or spiritual awakening, one cannot deny the inner peace, focus, clarity, and understanding one achieves when meditation is properly applied to one’s prayer life.  The inner workings of God, his grace, and his serenity are applied to the soul and re-energizes the it.
This spiritual feeding of the soul, allows one to grow spiritually and to better communicate and share the love of God with the world.  Ultimately this is the purpose of meditation.  To find God and to share God with the world.  Meditation is not a selfish individual endeavor as many think, but is an action that purifies oneself so oneself can help purify the world.
If you are interested in Meditation Certification, please review the program.

Mark Moran, MA, GC-C, SCC-C

Learn to Meditate with Congressman Ryan

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Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Oh) insists that meditation is the answer! An expert in mindfulness meditation, the Congressman has written a new book that has just recently been released by Hay House publishers. The book is a real eye-opener for those who have little knowledge and experience in the practice of mindfulness. The Congressman’s quest is to introduce mindfulness into our schools, our work places, etc., thus creating a more mindful and peaceful nation. This article is highly recommended, as well as the accompanying video.

The article, “Meditating with Tim Ryan”, by Patrick Gavin states

“Rep. Tim Ryan may have once been a typical politician, but no longer: The Ohio Democrat has traded in the hurried mentality that dominates Capitol Hill for a more Zen-like approach.
Literally.”

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Are you ready to learn more about mindfulness meditation? Pick up a copy of Tim Ryan’s book today.  Start to practice this simple technique and see how your life improves. If you are interested in teaching meditation and you are a health professional, you may want to preview our program by access this link: learn to meditate