Cedar Wellness Studio

"Wellness Wednesday"
November 4, 2020
~Happy November To You! ~

We have some new & exciting things coming in the next few months.
Stay tuned!

Lets Talk About Meditation:

~Meditation is an ancient wellness practise that has been practiced for thousands of years; originally to deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. Meditation, these days, is most commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction and is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. 

~Meditation is exploring. It’s not a fixed destination. Your mind is a special place where each and every moment is momentous. When we meditate, we venture into the workings of our minds; our sensations, our emotions and thoughts. Meditation encourages a non-judgmental outlook and unleashes our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others!

~ Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. Mindfulness

~Meditation is a quality of being — the experience of being fully open and aware in the present moment.

~Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus attention and eliminate any suppressed, wandering or jumbled thoughts that no longer serve you and may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being. Training our bodies on a daily basis to achieve this relaxation state leads to emotional and physical benefits.  

Examples of meditation benefits include; enhanced mood, lower blood pressure, improved digestion, stress management skills, self-awareness, openness, improves quality of sleep, increases perspective, boosts creativity, encourages focus, reenforces resilience, boosts immune system, chronic pain management and an overall reduction of everyday stresses.

~ The Healing Elements of Medical Meditation...

~ Emotions are our way of sensing and responding to the fast paced, ever changing world around us. Meditation opens up space in our mind where we see and feel objectively, we learn to recognize and accept these emotions by dealing with them in a healthy way.
Basic Meditation Techniques: 

Breath work (Diaphragmatic breathing)- Focus on your breathing, concentrate on feeling and listening, as you inhale and exhale through your nostrils. Counting breaths is also an option if that helps you stay concentrated. Breathing deeply and slowly. All breath in. All breath out. Extending your breaths. If your attention wanders, gently return it to your breathing.

Body Scan (Progressive Relaxation)- Focus attention on different parts of your body. Become aware of your body's various sensations, whether that's pain, tension, warmth or relaxation. Scan your body for areas of tension. The goal is to notice tension and to allow it to release. Start at one end of body, usually feet, and go through all parts of the body. Visualize a wave or healing light, drifting over your body and visualize the tension exiting your body until your full body is glowing with a warm healing light.

Mantras- Select a valuable word, phrase, prayer or poem for meditation;  Ideally, composed of only a few words or syllables.  Choose something uplifting and meaningful that inspires you and engages your heart. Repeat your mantra out loud, slowly and steadily, concentrating on its sound as fully as you can. Repeat it in unison with the natural rhythm of your breath. 

Meditation Walk-  Slow down your walking pace so that you can focus on each movement of your legs or feet. As you walk, try to focus your attention on one or more sensations that you would normally take for granted, such as your breath coming in and out of your body; the movement of your feet and legs, or their contact with the ground or floor; your head balanced on your neck and shoulders; sounds nearby or those caused by the movement of your body; or whatever your eyes take in as they focus on the world in front of you.

Read and Reflect. Many people report that they benefit from reading poems or sacred texts, and taking a few moments to quietly reflect on their meaning.You can also listen to spoken words, or any music you find relaxing or inspiring. You may want to write your reflections in a journal or discuss them with a friend. Mindful journal writing is therapeutic, dynamic and reflective.

Love, Kindness & Gratitude (Metta Meditation)- Goal is to cultivate an attitude of love and kindness toward everything. While breathing deeply, open your mind to receiving all the loving kindness the universe has for you. Then send messages of loving kindness to the universe, specific people, or to loved ones. Loving-kindness meditation is designed to promote feelings of compassion and love, both for others and oneself.

Sleep Meditation- As a relaxation technique, it can quiet the mind and body while enhancing inner peace. When done before bedtime, meditation may help reduce insomnia and sleep troubles by promoting overall calmness. 
Sleep meditation is a state between being awake and sleeping, where you put yourself in a 'yodic sleep', essentially a state in which the body is completely relaxed but mentally aware.

In an 8-week Harvard study, researchers determined that meditation can rebuild the grey matter of the brain in as little as eight weeks. The brain’s gray matter is responsible for the primary thinking, perceiving, and cognitive functions of the brain, helping us process information.

~Meditation is a skill that needs practice and more practice. Practice on a regular basis, in a timed manner, sitting in a quiet, calming environment. 

~Your brain will benefit from the endlessly fascinating journey into your own mind. Your body, mind and soul will benefit from the deep relaxation and stress reduction.​
Did you know....
Cedar Wellness Studio has a guided meditation class
weekly on Zoom;

🌞Sunrise Meditation and Mantra
Tuesdays 7:00 AM- 7:30 AM

Classes complimentary until December 1.
Register on the website!
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