January 19th, 2015 | Posted by Heidi Kunzli
Guided Meditation Evening Group
8 Novelty Lane
Essex, CT 06426
You Asked For Evenings – Here You Go!!! Weekly Guided Meditation Sitting Group starting with Debbie Every Wednesday Evening 6:45-7:45!
Mindfulness meditation encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises. Through mindfulness meditation, you can see how your thoughts and feelings tend to move in particular patterns. Over time, you can become more aware of the human tendency to quickly judge experience as “good” or “bad” (“pleasant” or “unpleasant”). With practice, an inner balance develops.
Guided meditation is an excellent starting point for beginners. A meditation practice involves focusing the mind on the present moment and self-awareness, both of which can be difficult for someone used to letting the mind wander. Our society is a hurried and goal-oriented one, so taking time to simply be in the moment — not actively doing something or solving some problem — can seem impossible. Meditating with a guide will provide direction. You can follow the voice and instructions of the guide, which provides a distraction from other intruding thoughts.
The main benefits of a meditation practice are stress relief and a calmer, more accepting outlook on life. According to Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, molecular biologist, professor and researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, those who practice meditation shift the levels of brain activity from the active, stress-housing right-frontal cortex to the more stable left-frontal cortex. Meditation will literally soothe the parts of the brain that keep you wanting to always go, go, go. A regular meditation practice can result in lower blood pressure, decreased cravings for nicotine and alcohol, better concentration at work and in school and improved quality of relationships.
Join other meditators for a group sitting every Wednesday, 6:45-7:45pm at our beautiful waterview meditation space, 8 Novelty Lane, Essex Village. Space is limited – Register Now to Reserve Your Spot in this small meditation sitting group. https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=255686 A $10 donation is requested