"Healing comes when you are no longer attached to the Mind."
Meditation is the gentle art of staying focused on the present moment, fully aware, and relaxed. There are numerous pathways and traditions to help learn this artful skill. Any action done with mindful awareness is meditation. So one can sit, walk, eat, drink, even wash dishes... all in a state of meditation! Meditation allows us to become more aware of our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions, without becoming overly attached to them. Meditation is a bit like taking a long walk in nature, without concern about what is behind us (past) or in front (future), but a joyful awareness of the stones beneath our feet and the breeze on our face. Although a seemingly simple action, meditation takes focus and practice. The mind often wanders restlessly, rather than remaining aware and content in the moment.
I use meditation in my clinical practice as a tool to help people become aware and accept what they are feeling. It can also help people learn to soothe themselves, feel more grounded, compassionate, and relaxed. Some people can integrate meditation quickly into their lives. Other people need more time and practice to cultivate this calm awareness. My goal is to inspire others to enrich their feeling of wellbeing. However, if someone is not interested in meditation, that is fine too. Growth is a personal journey and unique for everyone.
For those interested in meditation, there have been over 1,000 published studies indicating there are mental and physical benefits. Research shows that meditation can reduce blood pressure, heart rate, stress levels, respiration rate, and improve psychological wellbeing (depression and anxiety). Meditation has also been found to improve concentration, relaxation, problem-solving, and agitation. It has been widely studied for stress management and pain reduction.
Denver Seekers Meditation Circle
The Denver Seekers Meditation Circle is a guided meditation circle for those seeking inner calm, wisdom, and compassion. I use visualization and imagery with meditation music to teach tools for self-growth. We typically focus on a topic such as self-worth, confidence, boundaries, inner-calm, etc.. We generally end a bit early so that professionals can attend the group and return to work on time, feeling calm, energized, and grounded. This is great for stress management!