Meditation -- Weekly Group

Looking to join a Healing and Visualization Meditation Group?
Do you want to have a regular meditation routine in your life? Join the PURE Holistic Center weekly group held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00pm.  Doors lock sharp at 7pm in order to get the full benefit of meditation.  Bring a blanket, yoga mat and pillow.   Chairs, massage beds are limited and first come first served.   Contribution of $10.00
 
RSVP you participation at 410-235-3993 by 4:00pm Wednesday.  
 
 
I AM TO BUSY TO MEDITATE… or are you really??

If we haven’t said it once we have said it twice, I am just to busy to meditate.  But are you really?  Do you want to have a regular meditation routine in your life?  Do you find your reasons to include or you finding you cite numerous reasons for this dilemma but in reality you could make slight changes to your routine that would really accommodate a little distressing in your life?

 

Here are some tips to begin a regular meditation routine, and reduce stress, even with everything else that is happening in your life:

  • Wake up fifteen minutes before everyone else wakes up so that you can meditate when it is quiet if the reason is your have a busy household.  Try using an additional 15 minutes in the shower and imagine the stress pouring off you and down the drain.  Isn’t that a wonderful thought?
  • If you find that a slight change in your routine, you can consider how you can fit meditation into your new routine. Let’s say, if you are leaving the house earlier in the morning, perhaps you can meditate when you come home in the evening, just before bedtime.
  • If you are truly too busy, just meditate for ten minutes, anytime throughout the day and be mindful that if you really are too busy, it is even more important to meditate so that you remain calm and focused during your busy day.
  • If you area a heavily traveled professional, you can meditate while you are waiting for the plane, or when you are on the plane, or in your hotel room before you unpack and get settled.  The use of meditation music with facility this approach nicely.
  • If you have been ill, it is restorative to meditate when you feel that you can or incorporate REIKI into your life.  This also holds true if you are caring for someone who is ill, meditation or REIKI will provide a needed way to care for yourself.
  • Visiting family or friends, should not stop you either.  It is not bad manners  to polite excuse yourself, you can let him or her know how important your meditation routine is to you and then go outside for a walking meditation or again the perfect time is just before bedtime.

When your find your situations change it is easy to lose the momentum of a regular meditation routine.   If we make our meditation routine a priority, we will find ways to meditate even if we are busy, if we travel, if our daily routines change, feeling ill or have been taking care of someone who is ill.

If you are still finding you need help with this, contact us.  A PURE Coach will be happy to assist in working out ideas and if we can figure out a way to meditate for ten days, it will become a habit and easier to do no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in.

 
 
Cultivating a meditation journey is the key to overcoming suffering, stress and recognizing natural wisdom: both our own and others'. How do we go about it?

Mindfulness meditation is unique in that it is not directed toward getting us to be different from how we already are. Instead, it helps us become aware of what is already true moment by moment. We could say that it teaches us how to be unconditionally present; that is, it helps us be present with whatever is happening, no matter what it is.

There are three basic aspects worked with in this meditation technique: body, breath and thoughts. First, we relate with the body. This includes how we set up the environment. Since we use meditation in preparing ourselves to work with others, we use an eyes-open practice. That makes what we have in front of us a factor in our practice. Very few people can dedicate a whole room to their meditation practice, so they choose a corner of a room or a spot in their home where they can set up a quiet space.

Once you pick your spot you can augment the space by burning incense, burn a candle and play soothing music. You can either sit or lay down. You don't want your legs dangling uncomfortably. There's no need to contort yourself into an uncomfortable posture.
Just let your front be open and your back be strong.

Begin by just sitting or laying in this posture for a few minutes in this environment. If your attention wanders away, just gently bring it back to your body and listen to yourself breath and the environment. The key word here is "gently." Your mind WILL wander; that's part of what you will notice with your mindfulness: minds wander. When you notice that yours has wandered, come back again to body and environment.

The second part of the practice is working with the breath. In this practice rest your attention on the breath. Feel it as it comes into your body and as it goes out. There's no special way to breathe in this technique. If you find that you are, in fact, controlling your breath in some way, just let it be that way. Just let it be however it is.

Sit or lay for a few minutes with the posture and the environment and with your breath. In and out. In and out. Sometimes this is quantified as 25% of your attention on your breath. The idea that you're not channeling all of your attention tightly on to your breath. The rest of your attention will naturally be on your body and the environment.

Finally, the last part of the practice is working with thoughts. As you meditation practicing, you will notice that thoughts arise. Sometimes there are a great many thoughts, overlapping one over the next: memories, plans for the future, fantasies, snatches of jingles from TV commercials. There may seem to be no gaps at all in which you can catch a glimpse of your breath. That's not uncommon, especially if you're new to meditation. Just notice what happens.

There is no right or wrong way. Just be in the moment. When you notice that you have gotten so caught up in thoughts that you have forgotten that you're sitting in the room, just gently bring yourself back to the breath.

How long should you practice? If you are new to it, try to sit or lay for 10 to 15 minutes and gradually increase to 20 or 30 minutes. Eventually, you could extend it to 45 minutes or an hour. If you want to sit longer, you might want to learn how to do walking meditation as a break. We'll get to that in a later posting.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, remember that mindfulness meditation is about practicing being mindful of whatever happens. It is NOT about getting ourselves to stop thinking. Repeat: it is not about getting ourselves to stop thinking. It is easy to fall into believing that that is the goal.

Healing and Visualization Meditation Group is held every Wednesday from 7-8 pm. Doors lock promptly at 7am.

Questions call 410-235-3993

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Looking for a Meditation Group or place to learn how to?

PURE Holistic Wellness Center @ 1724 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, Maryland in the heart of Historic Fells Point every Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 pm.  RSVP your attendance by 4pm Wed to 410-235-3993.