Some folks may have trouble getting started with a meditation practice because it may seem too “New Agey” or they feel odd closing their eyes and not actually talking when in a group of people.
News anchorman, Dan Harris was admittedly one of these folks until he had a panic attack live on the air, prompting him to make some changes in his life. Cynical at first, he tried meditation practice to see if it could actually address his own intense stress and anxiety. Now, he’s a huge advocate for meditation and even wrote a book about it: 10% Happier, a humorous take on how this simple practice made him a happier person.
Are you still skeptical this practice is worth your time? Good! Test out your own theory by checking it out for yourself. Here are some helpful tips for skeptics to get started from Dan Harris and the folks at Happify.
Originally posted on Huffington Post, this handy infographic helps break down some of the various positive effects this practice has on the body. From the hippocampus to the heart, from the brain to blood pressure… meditation is good medicine for the body and the soul.
Still wondering why you should get to know this practice?
Check out this cute (and short) video about the scientific power of meditation to get yourself motivated. To get yourself started with the practice, consider bringing a training to your office or joining for a group class.
Mindfulness practices have been the subject of numerous research studies that prove that regular mindfulness practice significantly:
• Reduces stress
• Reduces emotional reactivity though increased capacity to emotionally self-regulate
• Reduces levels of anxiety
• Increases immunity
• Improves memory, learning, & perception
• Improves sleep quality
• Lowers blood pressure
• Enhances attention and focus
• Improves quality of life
• Increases well-being and satisfaction
• Much much more!
One of the biggest obstacles to gaining the benefits of this practice is that most people do not know what mindfulness is or how to practice it. Miriam offers various training opportunities to get started. Participants will be able to gain a better understanding of the ways that mindfulness practice can benefit them. Her offerings allow time to investigate and experiment with a variety of techniques that will offer the student a personal experience and understanding on how to apply these practices to their daily lives.