Being an addictions counselor in training for years was stressful. The coping methods my brother showed me such as qi gong, breathing exercises, and tai chi helped on stressful days, and continues to do so. I went on my daily commute to and from work in New York Post 911. But by some strange force I began to have an aversion to my daily travels. I have come to recognize this moment as an inner awaking.
At Hunter College in 2002, where my formal yoga training began, I learned a technique called mantra. As well, motivating me to keep going. With skilled meditation, I have found the strength to cope with everyday life. Time and time again I have called on the skill of meditation. With no doubt, meditation can help in almost all situations.
There is, however, a point when modern medicine becomes necessary, as I have learned through experience. However great meditation is, this is not the panacea of life. It serves as an ally along-side scientific breakthroughs. We still need to build a fire, right? Meditation takes a lot of practice and discipline.
Today, I have earned a meditation teacher certification( CMT) with honors from Aura Wellness- a concentration in Insight Buddhism. I have also aquired a title( ATCT) of associate tai chi instructor from Tai Chi Health ways from Jesse Tsao,Ph. D Director of Tai Chi Health ways. I also trained in Yang style 24 movements with Yaron Sidman and Danial Kim. A style of tai chi, and qi gong- for health, for 5 years, and I have practiced HATHA yoga for 15 years and tai chi for 20 years.I took 1 year of Judo lessons in Queens NY as a Yellow belt, and this sport goes all the way to a” Olympian Status.” I am learning more about Raja Yoga and the eight limb path. Raja yoga says,” …to be brave enough to drink an ocean.”
Raja yoga practices non violent… Judo is a self defense and “The gentle way”. B+ in the non violence category I stepped on ant ; ) Raja yoga also practices forgiveness.
8 methods that compliment meditation are physical exercise, nutrition, self defense( mentally and physically), ethics and morals, concentration, mind-fullness, education, and discipline, and spirituality.These methods enhance the body, mind, spirit, and life force energy(prana, qi, ki, roach)helping to make us more vital.
Meditation has improved the well being of many and also has changed numerous individual’s outlook on life. It really is one day at a time, and sometimes moment to moment. To achieve a goal of harmonious balance is no small task! The Buddha calls for a middle way. I call the Buddha a great psychologist. Many therapists are now using Buddhist philosophy ,and practices. One such woman is Tara Brach Ph. D. More and more Dr.’s -the health practitioners are recommending yoga, tai chi , qi gong , and meditation to clients.
I seek to facilitate meditation, health, self -defense,education, and spirituality so one can lead a more peaceful, simple, enjoyable, and ultimately free life. Meditation has worked for me when applied in real-life situations, such as mindfulness, posture awareness, breathing consciously, lowering my over all blood pressure, being present, having more compassion for my self and others, having more self-respect, being aware internally and externally, has enhanced my gratitude,it has opened my mind to new possibilities, and experiences, meditation has added to my over all constitution, new found respect for nature and the elements, and best of all simply learning how to be.
The Coroner Stones of meditation are
Benefits of meditation:
Helps with hypertension
Helps with anxiety and panic attacks
Great for self confidence
Lowers oxygen use
Increases the flow of blood and slows the heart rate
Behavior, Attitude, thinking Change
Spiritual growth and maturity
Something to use on life’s journey
If one does their research-one will find science supports the above benefits as evidence-based fact.
You can ask your health practitioner about the benefits of meditation. I encourage any one to explore more!
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