This page is set up to provide instructions, resources, ideas, and guided meditations. Remember that the term meditation refers to a group of practices that essentially exercise the brain and the mind in a variety of domains. Although the term meditation used to have a Buddhist or Far-East connotation it is absolutely not unique to those traditions. Meditation practices exist in all mainstream and less known religious and spiritual traditions. This include Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and so on. Moreover, meditation can also be used as secular practice to exercise the brain and the mind and it is actually the more prevalent case in the USA these days.
The purpose of this segment is to guide people in using meditation practices to get a better control of their mind, to facilitate healthy brain neuroplastic changes, to develop coping skills, to explore how the mind works, and how to improve our relationship with it. My best advice to you is to start experimenting with the first few practices and see how it goes. If you have questions. Feel free to contact us.
Count the Breath
This meditation is a short beginner meditation aimed at getting you familiarized with the process of focusing your mind. The object of focus in this practice is the breathing process. By focusing your mind on the breathing and your body you are enhancing a part of your brain called the Insula and the parietal cortex to be aware of physical sensations and of meta-attention. That is the capacity to pay attention to attention, knowing when you get distracted. Start by following this guided meditation and then practice for periods of 10-15 minutes seeing how long you can count your breaths without getting completely distracted. Good luck!
As the brain is a neuroplastic organ, we can train it to increase our capacity for empathetic responses and deeper connection with people. We achieve that by practicing loving-kindness meditation in which we orient ourselves towards a kind attitude to others. This meditation has ancient roots in Far-East traditions but also in other major spiritual streams in the West. We start by using an object of meditation which is a person we care deeply about. Then, we progress by imaging a neutral person, then a person we might even dislike, and lastly and most difficult for many individuals, ourselves. There is no pass or fail here. Simply, practice as much as you can and develop your brain ability in this important skill.
You can read more about empathy in my blog post about Emotional Intelligence. Enjoy!