Last week I wrote about Sound Therapy This week I’ll set you off on a journey to help you discover Meditation.
When any of us think of meditation we think of a number of Monks sitting cross-legged in a monastery or temple high in the Himalayas. That vision is what got me interested in Buddhism and meditation.
The high in the Himalayas part anyway.
I had read Sir Edmund Hillary’s book “View from the Summit” which gave me a burning desire to learn more about this far away place. I researched, as best you could in the early 60’s, the Dali Lama and Tibet. I even managed to get through the , “Tibetan Book of the Dead” and that got me interested in Eastern religions and philosophies. Shortly after I decided I would practice Buddhism and learn to Meditate.
Meditation was hard for me as I had no one to guide me through the steps and for years I blundered through thinking I was doing it right. Not always. Finally I sorted it out and learned how to clear my mind. In that time I learned that there are many levels to meditation and not all of them relate to oneself all of the time, if ever. If you become a monk and spend your days studying scripture in the Pali Language you may aspire to reach enlightenment, for the rest of us probably not. It may not have anything to do at all with religion.
Meditation is great for slowing your heart rate and lowering your blood pressure, stress relief, pain management and a whole lot of things you don’t think of like depression and anxiety. Meditation can make you happier, helps you focus and lets you sleep better.
My Monk friend Ven Santi Sisombath, from the Lao Canadian Buddhist Temple in Aldergrove, and I have talked about problems during meditation and we have similar ideas on clearing the mind during meditation. He leads Meditation Weekend Retreats at the Vipassana Bhavana Retreat Center near Cultis lake
We offer one on one guided meditation to help you on your way to whatever is your goal.
- lowering risks for obesity and overeating
- reducing body and headache pain
- helping you fall asleep and improving sleep quality
- helping people recover from chronic illnesses, like cancer and heart disease
- lowering inflammation and building a stronger immune system
- improving decision-making and communicating
- boosting productivity at work
- increasing positive feelings, including happiness, calm, peace and Compassion
- fighting depression and anxiety
- lowering cortisol levels
- improving memory, focus and mental performance
If you are interested in learning or expanding your Meditative abilities call us for a consultation and a Guided Meditation Session
By Marty Menzies
Alternate therapies are not a substitute for seeking medical advice from your physician