Demystifying Meditation

The harshness of the past few years and experience teaching teens lead me to pursue certifications in Meditation Teaching and Teen Meditation Coach to help heal hearts. My humble desire is to assist in making accessible the benefits of meditation such as self-realization and living authentically to those individuals who are curious about this practice of contemplation and reflection.

What meditation is NOT

  1. Meditation is difficult:  Actually, it can be as simple as breathing!  You can assume a position that is comfortable for you, sitting or laying down, you can even meditate while walking or dancing!
  2. Meditation is emptying your mind:  Meditation is more about becoming aware of the thoughts that come up in our mind and simply observing them, not judging or trying to control them.  In between our thoughts is a space, that space is pure silence.  The more we meditate, the more we can access and feel that gap of pure silence and stillness that allows us to feel at peace.
  3. Meditation takes years to receive benefits from meditation:  Benefits can be felt within the first few times you practice and increase over the long term.  You can begin with as little as 3-5 minutes of meditation.
  4. Meditation is a religious practice:  Many people with religious beliefs practice meditation as do people with no religious affiliation practice meditation, too.  Meditation is a practice that moves us from the busyness of our minds and into a place of stillness and calm.

How your body reacts to meditation

Breathing is key.  The benefits of breathing slowly and calmly decreases the activity of your neurons.  Neurons are nerve cells.  The neurons job in your body is to carry electrical messages from one part of the body to another.  The messages have information about what is happening in your body. By breathing purposefully, we can reduce stress and anxiety.  Our breath signals relaxation, slowing down the heart rate and stimulates the vagus nerve that runs from the brain stem to the belly.  The vagus nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system which allows you to start to calm down.  

What meditation can do for you

Your body relaxes, your mind becomes stable, clear and calm.  You feel more free and peaceful.

My path to meditation

A former therapist lead me to Insight Timer. I have been meditating for almost five years. I love and am most grateful on how I reflect on my feelings before I open the app. Divinely, I am lead to what I need in that moment. I make every effort to rise early to engage in meditation, prayers and creative endeavors. Some days the only ritual that is practiced is my meditation. My husband and I came up with my Zen room just for me to read, relax and write. Full disclosure: most mornings, I can be found in the stillness of our house in my reclining Mamita chair listening to guided meditations from Insight Timer.

Ready to get started?

I have crafted meditations for you to explore ranging from body positivity, loving yourself, a rainy day meditation and even one for your favorite student. Short on time? No worries! Most of the meditations I created are less than 10 minutes. In that time, you can present yourself with the gift of quiet, calm and stillness.

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