Meditation is in Everything
"Meditation isn't what you think. It has nothing to do with the contents of your thoughts. Meditation is where your brain waves are when you are having those thoughts. A person doesn't need to have a calm, quiet, mind to achieve the healing, regenerative and perception expanding benefits of meditation."
- Vincent J. Lasorso, Jr.
According to the medical staff of the Mayo Clinic, medical research has demonstrated that regular meditation has improved the following conditions:
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
Above it all meditation provides inner peace while you practice, which continues on long after the practice is over. A combined study of Yale, Harvard and MIT universities demonstrated that regular meditation actually develops new brain neurons and functioning. This new generation may occur in as little as twelve weeks.
Meditation is a skill anyone can learn
Our common conception of meditation is monks sitting quietly contemplating a calm still mind. These monks are to meditation as Beckham is to soccer: very gifted professionals. The rest of us just have fun knocking the ball of consciouness around getting some great exercise.
We don't have to become monks to get fantastic benefit from meditation. But we do have to be better than just randomly knocking the ball around hoping we'll get good at it. Meditation, like any exercise, takes practice and coaching to know what to do.
Meditation is a naturally occurring state of mind
Everyday we move in and out of the brain wave states that we call meditation. In fact our sleep is technically meditation. What makes meditation different from sleep is lucidity, clearness of mind, and the ever presence of self.
Let's say you're sitting in a classroom and begin to daydream about walking in the park. As long as you are aware that you are sitting in the classroom and not in the park, and you are observing the park and your actions, you are meditating. Your body is relaxing, regenerating and healing. The second you forget where you are, who you are, stop observing, and begin to participate, then you are asleep.
The secrets of meditation are to relax and pay attention
Our brains are moving us into meditation many times per day. But while that's happening
we are usually lost in a daydream, or some other distracting stimulation, not paying attention to our body or the world around us. We're poised for relaxation but forget to do it. The difference between being lucid and asleep, in both life and meditation, is not getting absorbed by the distractions. We have to pay attention to ourselves and our bodies or we will lose them both. We have to learn to stay awake and that is what our training is about.
Meditation is easier than you think
Although the concept of daily meditation may seem daunting and unobtainable to you, the immediate reduction in stress, pain, and improved peace of mind are reason enough to try. At White Willow we make the introduction and use of meditation an effortless part of their movement and health training.
- Tai Chi Student Program
- Mind/body integration meditation (Mindfulness)
- Qigong meditation (using breath, sound and movement)
- Progressive relaxation and visualization
- Moving meditation through Tai Chi