Imagine your body as a room. Every day, there is lots of junk that gets piled into ourselves – our mind, body, heart and soul. This junk comes in the form of negative thoughts, emotions and energy. It can come from all sorts of different sources – the media, interactions with people, our environment, our work, or even self-generated from within. If you don’t meditate regularly, this junk accumulates over time inside you. You become a living trash container with junk in the form of negative thoughts and emotions. Ever have occasions where thoughts seem to spring out of nowhere in your mind in a time when you do not require them? Occasions where negative memories crop up and you didn’t want them to be emerging? These are all part of the clutter that you should be disposing of, but haven’t. During meditation, you clear all of this out of your system, just like you do when cleaning out your room. You expel the negativity and return it to the earth to be converted into positive energy. In the end, you are no longer bogged down by it. For people who don’t meditate, it takes a longer period of time to remove all the compounded negativity from the past. But just like cleaning a very messy house, all it takes is slightly more time and more effort before all the mess is eventually cleaned out. There are many different styles of meditation. As a Certified Mindfulness Instructor, I teach meditation in a way that is all about giving the body deep rest so it can heal itself from stress. We sit quietly and let the assigned mantra do the work for us, making no effort to control our thoughts, breath, or any other aspect of our experience. We have a theme: Do less, accomplish more. Meditation can, among many many other things:
Guided Visualization is more active than Meditation. During sessions, we guide the breath and mind in a specific direction for a desired result such as a mindset, a feeling, to attain a goal, or break a habit. We use visualization as a tool to prepare our physical, mental, and emotional state for high performance, increased immune function, or better sleep.
Because guided imagery is a mind-body therapy, any stress-related health concern, including high blood pressure, pain related to muscle tension, insomnia, and anxiety or depression may be alleviated. It has been shown to be beneficial in treating autoimmune disorders.
Sessions begin with progressive muscle relaxation before moving into guided imagery. Many classes are customized and tailored to meet your specific needs.
Both meditation and guided visualization can be one on one or as a group. There is no experience needed. Loose clothing is recommended as well as a quite and soft space. Sessions run from 30-75 minutes and can also be incorporated with Yin Yoga or Yoga Nidra offerings.
“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure Consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” – Swami Sivananda