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Meditation: A Powerful Tool for Managing Stress

yoga for heart rhythmWilliam James, father of modern psychology, said in 1890, "My experience is what I agree to attend to." In other words, what we pay attention to is our experience. It makes up who we are and determines our mood.

A wonderful way to direct our attention toward peace, happiness and less anxiety is through relaxation and meditation training. The power of deep relaxation has been established in hundreds of published studies. With practice, it can be helpful in:

  • Changing tense, anxious people who are prone to falling apart under stress into relaxed managers of their stress
  • Being able to think more clearly and concentrate more easily
  • Managing insomnia
  • Recovering more quickly from stressful life experiences
  • Disrupting stressful trains of thought
  • Pain management

By meditating on kindness or compassion, you can shift activity from the right side of the brain to the left side. The left side is associated with happiness and feelings of bliss.

Mindful meditation is another form of relaxation. In this practice, you focus your attention on the present moment and accept it without judgment. Many studies have found mindfulness to be a key element in happiness. We don't always have control over the stressors of life, but we do have power over how we respond to those stressors. Some experts believe that mindfulness can actually help us learn to accept our experiences and better manage our emotional reactions to difficult situations.

There are hundreds of relaxation exercises you can enjoy. We hope you can join us for our meditation programs and discover the joy and benefits of quieting your mind and body. Learn more.