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Power of Meditation

The benefits of meditation include:

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Decreased pain

  • Better immune system function

  • Better mood and brain function

Mindfulness meditation helps you zero in on your thoughts and images as they appear to you. You focus on an awareness of the present moment. You start with a single central point, such as your breath. Then you expand to include thoughts, emotions, and sensations.

Moving Meditation:

  • Yoga. This focuses on breathing, movement, and posture to help you relax and control stress.

  • Tai chi. This form of meditation combines slow, gentle movements and deep breathing.

  • Walking meditation. With this method, you slow down your walk. Then you can focus on your steps and the movement of your legs and feet.

Guided Imagery, also called guided visualization, involves directing thoughts and sensations to engage positive mental images and sensory recall, meaning conjuring smells, tastes, sounds, and textures as well as visual images. Because it is multi-sensorial, it draws on our creative selves. Strong research supports many benefits, from invoking calm, improving performance, and healing trauma.

Abhyanga (Self-Massage) is one active form of mindfulness practice that draws on the ancient (ayurvedic) practice of self-massage. It is meant to be practiced daily to stimulate the immune system and promote circulation and body-mind awareness. It can also bring calm and vitality. It is especially helpful during times of sheltering and isolation.

Loving Kindness Meditation, a gentle guided meditation, is widely used to support emotional and mind-body wellness as well as prevent compassion fatigue and build mindful leadership. It involves sending out thoughts and intentions for unconditional love toward oneself, outward to others, and to bring peace and healing.

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