Meditation is a path to serenity…

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  • Less stress
  • Decreased feeling of anxiety
  • Reduced feelings of depression
  • Easing of menopausal symptoms
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Better control of emotions and feelings
  • Greater self-mastery
  • Higher energy and vitality

Take a good look at yourself.  Are you where you want to be in your life? What have your priorities been until now and what are your plans with the time you have left?

In our modern world, we are consumed from morning to night with endless activity. We do not have much time or energy left over to consider what makes us happy or what may contribute to our suffering. There seems to be a growing belief that if we take on more activities, our sense of dissatisfaction will fade away. But the truth is that many of us continue to feel let down and frustrated by our present-day lifestyle. We almost seem to work together to try and increase each other’s stress levels, when we should be doing all we can to reduce stress for everyone, ourselves included.

The aim of meditation is to transform the mind. Nowadays, mindfulness has become widely accepted by doctors and psychologists as a cognitive technique, which has its roots in Buddhism but can be practiced by anyone anywhere, regardless of their religious beliefs. Every one of us has a mind and every one of us can work on it.

If you’re looking for a technique to enhance your life and happiness at the same time as reduce stress, menopause symptoms and just to help you cope with life’s crazy pace… mindfulness meditation may be the key for you. Developing a mindfulness meditation practice is about training the mind to be more aware and to pay more attention to the present moment. Not the past, not the future. Just what’s happening right here, right now.

“Our data indicate that meditation training makes you better at focusing, in part by allowing you to better regulate how things that arise will impact you.” — Christopher Moore, MIT neuroscientist

Studies have shown that people who regularly practice mindful meditation, are better able to relax, are more in control of their emotions and feelings, and have greater self-mastery, than people who don’t meditate. Their emotional response to the world is more balanced and appropriate. This inner sense of control translates into a host of psychological and health benefits:

  • purposeful, flexible thinking
  • non-impulsive, proactive behavior
  • settled, focused attention
  • energy and vitality
  • reduce heart disease by promoting a healthy heart
  • self-confidence and secure self-esteem
  • feelings of safety and peace -healthy interpersonal relations
  • happiness and optimism

In studies conducted at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex – brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex.  This mental shift decreases the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety.

Results of the study included:

  • frequency of hot flashes decreased by 39%
  • severity of hot flashes decreased by 40%
  • 28% improvement in overall quality of life – better able to cope with hot flashes

Meditation is not a destination but a fascinating journey where you will become more awakened to your true self.

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