“Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but what’s happening within you.”
Anyone can learn to meditate and the effects are life changing in a profoundly positive way. Guided meditation classes, and technique are taught at NYC Healing and Massage on request before, during, or after healing sessions and are also offered long distance via phone or skype. The focus is to teach you how to have a better experience within your mind, empowering you to live more healthfully, happily and peacefully.
For thousands of years people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s stress-inducing thoughts and emotional upsets into the peace and clarity of present moment awareness. The variety of meditation techniques, traditions, and technologies is nearly infinite, but the essence of meditation is singular: the cultivation of mindful awareness and expanded consciousness.
These are the ultimate precious gifts of meditation, yet people are initially drawn to meditation for many different reasons. Some begin meditating because of a doctor’s recommendation, seeking the health benefits of lowered blood pressure, stress reduction, and restful sleep. Others come to meditation seeking relief from the fearful, angry, or painful thoughts that constantly flood their mind. Still others come to meditation to find greater self-understanding, to increase their intuitive powers, or to improve their ability to concentrate.
It is accurate to say that the purpose of meditation depends on the meditator – but it is also true that anyone who meditates regularly receives profound benefits on all of these levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Here are just a few of the benefits
• Relief from stress and anxiety (meditation mitigates the effects of the “fight-or-flight” response, decreasing the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline)
• Lower blood pressure and hypertension
• Greater mental clarity and calmness
• Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
• Restful sleep
New research is also showing that meditation restores the brain. A landmark study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital found that as little as eight weeks of meditation not only helped people feel calmer but also produced changes in various areas of the brain, including growth in the areas associated with memory, empathy, sense of self, and stress regulation.
How Can I Learn to Meditate?
James Ruff of NYC Healing and Massage believes that anyone can learn to meditate and that all that is required is an open patient mind and a willingness to practice.