What Is Meditation?
Meditation is one of the oldest mind-body health boosting practices known to man. People have been meditating in one form or another for thousands of years, all over the world, from every walk of life and religion, too. There are reasons meditation has been such a widespread practice for so long – and if you try it, you’ll probably want to make it a daily practice in your life, too.
How Meditation Works
While originally, meditation was used as a way to deepen your connection and relationship with sacred and mystical forces of life, some people today use it to relax, reduce their stress levels, and enhance the effectiveness of their immune systems. At Heart Center Transformational Acupuncture it is my hope to help you return to the deeper context of meditation.
Essentially, the goal of meditation is to redirect your full conscious attention away from the ruckus going on in your head to the breath, which always brings us into the present moment. Because we cannot change the past, and we don’t know what awaits us in the future, really all we have is the current moment, and if you can focus your attention there, you’ll find yourself back in the flow of life where a world of possibility is waiting for you.
Ranging from rather regimented practices all the way to a few stolen moments of peace and quiet grabbed on the fly, meditating even just 15 minutes a day can work wonders for giving your body’s parasympathetic (fight or flight) response a break from the hectic pace of life. By stepping back for a few minutes and meditating, you can instantly reduce the levels of stress hormones flooding your system, slow your heart rate, and increase blood flow throughout your body.
Meditation pairs nicely with many other Holistic Medicine practices. In acupuncture, for example, you would use your breath to follow and experience the opening and movement of Qi within your channels and chakras during a session.
Meditation is powerful and can feel wonderful – an oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of life. But practicing on a regular basis is even better, and relaxation is just the tip of the iceberg. Meditation teaches us how to begin staying with our experience exactly as it is. Which begins to allow us to move away from the notions of good and bad and see that everything is just energy.
Here are just a few benefits you might experience when you start getting into meditation on a regular basis:
- Better emotional regulation
- Increased compassion for others
- Improved sense of well-being
- Greater ease in learning new information and skills
- Improved memory
- Reduction of physical pain
- Enhanced brain function
- Increased creativity in your thoughts
- Better concentration powers
- Reduced anxiety
- Decreased depression as you learn to focus your attention where you want to
- And there are many more
What’s Important to Know Before Practicing Meditation?
Meditation is for everyone no matter how old or young you are, no matter what your religious beliefs are, and regardless of whether you’ve been meditating for years or it’s your first experience. The whole goal is to create a peaceful, quiet atmosphere for the meditation class to enjoy.
It’s best to take your shoes off and come dressed in loose-fitting and comfortable clothes. You’ll also want to be sure your phone is completely powered off so that no alerts or other sounds interrupt the session.
Most likely, if you’re new to meditation, you’ll find that your mind wants to let your thoughts run off in ever direction. That’s okay! It can take a lot of practice to quiet your thoughts. Be gentle with yourself as you learn this new skill.
Where to Practice Meditation in Portland, Oregon?
You can always meditate on your own, wherever you are. There’s no equipment needed, and as long as you can safely close your eyes and be still for a few minutes, you can do it. You can even do meditation while walking.
However, meditating with others – or even getting some guidance and support as you practice more seriously is even better. If you’ve never meditated before, you’ll enjoy having a guide who’s experienced and who can help you learn to corral your thoughts and relax. Your guide will also help you focus on your breathing while creating a peaceful and safe atmosphere.
The first time you come to Heart Center in Portland to meditate with Aiden Seraphim, you’ll discover exactly why his clients enjoy making meditation a regular part of their lives. You’ll find a warm welcome whether you’ve never meditated before, or you’ve got decades of experience.
Click or call 978-701-5125 now to find out more about the meditation classes at Heart Center Transformational Acupuncture.