Meditation has been a practice used in most religious and spiritual traditions for centuries. While meditation can be a pathway to deepen spirituality, it is not necessarily so. Meditation can be practiced as tool to help the mind soften into quietness. Numerous studies have concluded that meditation causes chemical changes in the body that result in improved emotional and physical health.
Meditation can help us to become more mindful of our experiences without being overwhelmed by them. I have trained in a variety of meditation traditions, such as Maitri (loving-kindness) and Tonglen, both practices aimed at cultivating compassion towards self and others. I focus on a highly body-centered approach to meditation. I offer group and semi-private meditation instruction.
Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience. It is “paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally” (Kabat-Zinn). Mindfulness helps us to become observers to our own experience without letting that experience overwhelm us. Seated meditation is one practice that is useful in the cultivation of mindfulness, but so can be running, swimming, dancing, tai chi, and making art – all practices that can be meditative in nature. Mindfulness is a fundamental skill that I cultivate in all my clients as it is the most useful is cultivating equilibrium and that internal state of restfulness we refer to as peace.