There is a lot of interest these days in mindfulness and meditation for good reason. There are many benefits to meditation. Studies have shown that a regular meditation practice can positively alter our brain both structurally and functionally (Goleman and Davidson 2017). Benefits include improved attention, focus, and clarity; reduced stress hormone levels; and greater emotional balance. Meditation, however, is not a magical panacea and it may not be for everyone. Meditation should not take the place of conventional healthcare. If you are uncertain about the risks and benefits of this practice for your particular situation, please consult your health care practitioner. Your personal experience is the most important guide for determining if meditation is right for you.
There are many types of meditation and I encourage you to explore which one is best for you. I offer classes in mindfulness meditation which is rooted in Buddhist meditation practices. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the person largely responsible for bringing mindfulness practices to the West and helping to integrate them into mainstream healthcare, defines mindfulness as “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.” Mindfulness can help us to be more present in our relationships, our work and our lives.
Join the growing number of people who have discovered the benefits of meditation. If you would like to dive a little deeper, please explore the Resources page which will provide more information as well as resources to support your practice. You can view the meditation offerings Here. To view upcoming classes and workshops, visit the Events page. I offer individual and small group sessions.