Meditation / Mindfulness
The practice of meditation has been around for thousands of years, practiced by all people of all backgrounds from all religions all over the world. It has been practiced by monks, warriors, kings, leaders and countless others. Mindfulness and meditation is for everyone and can be practiced by anyone.
The benefits of meditation and mindfulness are plentiful and unending. In the beginning the students will experience a calmed mind, free of negative thoughts, allowing them a reprieve from daily life stressors and they will feel peace. They will also have improved concentration, creativity, self-awareness, balanced emotions, better sleep, happiness and an overall positive outlook. Scientifically and neurologically speaking meditation has a direct link to improved brain function especially related to memory improvement, and it slows down the aging process in the brain. This practice will eventually evolve as they continue to practice, into a tool that will allow them to handle stress in a balanced way, as well bestowing them with empathy and compassion.
I was first introduced to meditation at the age of 13 when I was gifted a mediators guide book. This sent me on an inner journey and was how I started my practice. I had also done a 10-day silent meditation retreat, as well as attended many other 1-3 days courses throughout my journey. I have been practicing meditation for almost 20 years. Meditation and mindfulness have allowed me to live a more balanced lifestyle, allowing me to balance and manage my emotions and my thoughts in a healthy way. It has allowed me to become more aware of the world around me, opening my eyes and heart to each person and experience, good or bad.
I began to teach meditation a few years ago, when I was working for a large company and noticed how sad, overworked and stressed out my co-workers were. This created an overall negative working environment where everyone was constantly tired and complaining. I had just completed a 9-week meditation course and felt inspired to share what I have always used as a tool to remain balanced and happy. I decided to take it upon myself to teach meditation in order to help my fellow coworkers start to feel better, and to be able to balance the stress of work and life. The results were almost instant, and for over 2 years, twice a week we would meet and meditate. The shift in energy was noticeable right away, people that attended classes were smiling more, telling positive stories vs complaints and surprisingly the number of sick days decreased. As people become happier, they become healthier. Overall my goal of creating a more pleasant work environment was achieved. As well, I am proud to say that I have been able to give people the tools they need to continue meditating on their own. A healthy mind is essential to a healthy body, they go hand in hand, that is why we must work to strengthen both.