Offered once a month Guided Meditation with Don Marlette
Don brings over 20 years of experience with meditation (several of them as a monk), and is the author of Enter the Deep: A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation. His approach is clear, practical and easy to follow. With Don, you will discover how to sit as Silence.
Cost: $10 – 60 minutes
The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditating. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to have an amazing variety of neurological benefits – from changes in grey matter volume to reduced activity in the “me” centers of the brain to enhanced connectivity between brain regions. Skeptics, of course, may ask what good are a few brain changes if the psychological effects aren’t simultaneously being illustrated? Luckily, there’s good evidence for those as well, with studies reporting that meditating helps relieve our subjective levels of anxiety and depression, and improve attention, concentration, and overall psychological well-being. Source: Forbes
Documented Scientific Benefits of Meditating:
- Reduces blood pressure
- Decreases stress and anxiety
- Reduces sensitivity to pain
- Helps curb overeating
- Lowers risk of heart attack and stroke
- Increase awareness
- Sleep better and easier
- Improves memory
- Increases brain growth
- Improves mood
Wonderful Life Benefits of Meditating:
- Your conversations, friendships, and relationships go a little deeper
- Little things may not bother you as much
- You get more done
- You trust your instincts more because you can actually hear it or feel it.
- You are more aware of the present moment.
- You can tap into your life’s true purpose.
- You need less of the material things you use to fulfill yourself, whatever those might be.
- Wonderful coincidences pop up more often (or at least you start noticing them.)
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditating originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, the practice of meditating is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.
Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. It can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind.
While meditating, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being. Source: Mayo Clinic