- What is meditation?
Meditation is the process of experiencing a state of pure awareness. Through calming the mind and emotions you can experience a state of peace and tranquility. Meditation is a simple technique that can be learned in as little as a few minutes. To master it requires continued practice, guidance and mature knowledge of the process.
As a recovering addict, Transformation Meditation Instructor, and ex-Board Certified Physician, I have incorporated elements from my experiences as an addict, physician as well as transformation meditation techniques and affirmations into the videos to achieve maximum benefit.
- What are the benefits of meditation?
- Reduces anxiety and eliminates phobias
- Reduce stress and reverses the fight-or-flight reaction
- Creates a sense of inner peace and calm
- Accelerates the psycho-therapeutic process
- Reduces the use of prescription drugs
- Reduces the use of alcohol and other substances
- Useful in behavioral modification programs
Physical Health Benefits:
- Improvement for asthma sufferers
- Strengthens the immune system and reduces viruses
- Reduces cardiovascular problems
- Increases blood flow to the heart
- Improvement for diabetics
- Increases athletic performance
- Reduces chronic pain
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lengthens life span
- How can meditation help relieve my addictive/compulsive thoughts and actions?
Every human being is born with desires, and it is through these desires that one manifests one’s life. If one does not seek happiness through fulfilling desires, how will one function in life and achieve happiness? If you follow a desire to its source, through the practice of meditation,you can become aware that behind or between the very thoughts that make up the desire is a state of Pure Consciousness or peace. The desire, then, is seen as a passing wave of perception, and one has the choice to act on it or not.
- Where is the best place to do the meditation?
When you endeavor to meditate, it’s a good practice to set yourself up for the best possible experience. So we will talk about setting up a sacred space. Many people find that there is special energy that gets created by having a sacred place to meditate. And even a sacred time of day can be very powerful.
At first, you may find it hard to meditate at home because your habit patterns and environment are not yet that conducive for meditation. It isn’t hard for you to brush your teeth because you have the toothpaste and brush prepared near the sink and you do it everyday. You can create a place where you can sit everyday with nice things such as pictures, candles and flowers or whatever you feel makes a nice space.
Group meditation can be more powerful at first because you are away from distractions and you benefit from the energy of many people meditating together. Guided video meditations are also powerful by allowing you the freedom to meditate at a location of your choice while receiving the guidance and energy of the meditation leader.
- When should I meditate?
It is a great way to begin and end your day. When you are feeling stressed or have a free moment, try meditating to help focus your mind.
Many people ask, why is it when something is good for me I don’t do it? As an addict, you have habituated yourself in a certain way and in recovery you desire to change that. The quickest way to do this is to find the company that is participating in activities that will reinforce your new behavior. 12 Step meetings, group meditation and/or guided video meditation. If you go to a group regularly, or similarly, if you work out in the gym regularly, then you will experience positive lifestyle change. Company is stronger than will power, so find good company.
- How is Guided Video Meditations different from other meditation techniques?
Guided Video Meditations are a form of guided meditations which are generally easier for the beginner. As our minds have a tendency to want to follow the thoughts that jump into our head, you may find it difficult to meditate in the traditional sense. The Video Meditations attempt to alleviate this through visualizations which are photos or videos of nature along with visual affirmations appearing n the screen. For me, this has helped reduce the amount of external and internal stimuli that can be distracting.
- How is Transformation Meditation different from other meditation techniques?
Transformation Meditation has its roots in the philosophy of yoga. Similar to other techniques, such as Transcendental Meditation, it utilizes mantra meditation techniques. Similar to Mindfulness Meditation, it also includes the ability to become the observer of your mind and actions. With the combination of these techniques, one gains the ability to understand and experience the state of meditation directly. This enhances one’s ability to practice, accelerating the meditative experience.
- Can I use meditation as a substitute for attending a recovery meeting?
Short answer, no. Long answer, no.
- I have a difficult time concentrating, have too many thoughts in my head and find it hard to sit still? Can I learn to meditate? How long do I have to practice?
Most people have very active thoughts. The purpose of the mind is to think. How many thoughts you have in your mind is never a hindrance while practicing meditation. These techniques are designed to help improve your concentration and ability to relax. You will only practice for a few minutes at the beginning and develop your ability for longer sessions.