Mindfulness and Meditation
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
Our sense of reality changes with perception. Do you ever notice certain individuals who are facing challenges and yet somehow seem to keep their cool? Or others who have a tendency to stress out easily?
It is easy to get lost in time dwelling on the past (what happened, what should have or could have happened) or worrying about the future (what’s going to happen). When we get caught up in the past or future, we are not able to enjoy NOW.
We believe one key to living life joyfully is finding the delicate balance of mindfully staying present in the moment while also keeping the bigger picture in mind.
Meditation teaches us to be present and to connect to the inner peace within. Private meditation and mindfulness sessions are available by appointment for individuals and groups; call for more information.
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
Penny Burns, owner of Meditate 4 Life: http://www.meditate4life.co.uk/, granted us permission to share her beautifully relevant poem:
In this Sublime stillness,
There is no cage of the past,
Or fear of the future,
Knowingness and love
In this moment,
Here we are bathed,
In a pure lake of being,
Between wakefulness and sleep,
Between birth, death and renewal.
Without crime, shame or blame
For ever being,
We are no longer earthbound,
Like a caterpillar,
Feeding on the same stuff,
Handed down through generations,
Until almost too painful to stay,
Here we nourish ourselves,
With the same breath,
Drinking the essence of life,
In this safe and warm cocoon,
Of acceptance and faith,
We are reborn,
Into a new morning,
Like a butterfly,
Or a rainbow of colours,
Formed after a storm
To experience new moments,
Of mystery and delight.
Mindfulness basically refers to the ability to stay present and aware of each moment without judgment, fear, regret, or anxiety. Learning how to develop this skill can help us to self-regulate and appreciate the positive aspects within our lives from a lens of gratitude, thereby making it easier to deal with the inevitable obstacles.
Breathing is an important component to the skill of mindfulness. Once we become aware of our breath, we learn that conscious slowing of the breath forces our heart rate to slow down and increases our ability to focus and cope. Deep breathing exercises are incorporated into many services at Monarch Wellness.
Other mindful based approaches, such as guided imagery or guided meditation, may be introduced in therapy or are available as individual sessions by appointment. This involves learning to quiet the mind as your therapist verbally guides you through relaxation, imaginative, and self-awareness exercises.
For many, yoga is mindfulness. Research continues to demonstrate not only the physical benefits, but also its mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits. Other integrative therapies have also been found beneficial in paving the path towards mindfulness. In addition to yoga, aromatherapy, restorative sound and integrative relaxation also allow your body and brain to become quiet enough to enter a mindful stress-free state.
As with any therapeutic approach, some individuals may not feel comfortable with guided imagery, yoga, or other integrative modalities. Contrary to some beliefs, meditation and mindfulness are not religious or spiritual practices, but for some it is a way to feel more connected and is found in most religions from Christianity (Jesus meditated) to Buddhism to Hinduism to Judaism to many others. We are not a religious or spiritual center; however for many, all is interconnected…
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