If you are completely relaxed, calm, and centered – keep keepin’ on with your bad self! And, tell us all of your secrets! ;)
However, if you’re not feeling particularly centered, I think the content I have prepared for you today will really help you with that.
Based upon the many inquires I have received over the last several months regarding the subject of meditation – I was inspired to create two videos for you that demystify the non-threatening, simple, yet transformational practice of mindfulness meditation.
(Oh that’s right, I said it, I’m coming to you via YouTube videos in this blog entry :) )
So, why meditate?
Well, lets face it; we are all familiar with the feelings that come from operating at 1,000 mph. And unfortunately, most of us are familiar with what it feels like when life brings us particularly challenging hardship. The emotional aftermath of such hardships can feel almost unbearable.
Considering this, in combination with the biases that exist within the human brain (if you missed my last two newsletters that unfolded these biases, I recommend you click here to learn about our negativity bias and here to learn about our attention bias), life can be a lot to deal with at times, to say the least.
Studies show that when we ruminate, we worry. When we worry, we feel stressed. When we feel stressed, we contribute to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Meditation is a highly effective intervention in the reduction of stress. In time, research shows that meditation brings about healthy structural changes in the brain.
A reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression are merely a few benefits one experiences when they meditate. I’ll teach you about many other benefits within this How To Meditate video series.
Here is what you can expect from the videos:
– 00:40: Concerns people have about meditation
– 01:28: What mediation teaches us
– 02:40: Introducing mindfulness meditation
– 04:10: My visual representation as it relates to how our brains work and how meditation helps us
– 12:00: Benefits of meditation
– 01:03: Phase one of the mindfulness meditation practice
– 10:42: Phase two of the mindfulness meditation practice
– 14:00: Phase three of the mindfulness meditation practice
– 17:20: Phase four of the mindfulness meditation practice
– 20:15: Closing comments about meditation
Thank you so much everyone!
If you don’t already have a current meditation practice, I hope you feel inspired to “try on” the intervention after watching these videos. It is a super non-threatening process and will add tremendous value to your life.
If you’re a newbie – I beg of you, please be patient with yourself. The practice of meditation is like anything else – the more you practice the easier it becomes.
As always, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to write me directly – or, if you prefer, there is space to comment below the videos on YouTube.
With love and gratitude,