“Feelings come and go like the windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

Just as the body needs exercise, our minds and spirits are nourished by meditation. In my own experience, I have learned that the skills acquired through meditation lead directly to improved psychological and emotional well being and an emerging inner stillness and silence.

Meditation can be as simple as noticing your breath or observing your thoughts without judging them or worrying about their implications. A regular practice, for even just a short period of time, will result in a heightened awareness of self, and of the world around you. That awareness will enrich your life, whether helping you to appreciate the flavors of your food, or to be more present with loved ones.

If you’ve ever wondered about your deepest, most inner workings, meditation offers you the chance to broaden your self awareness and to become truly at home in your own skin. You might be surprised to discover your capacity for calmness and clarity, and to learn that feelings of confusion and stress can be held in an inner spaciousness that diminishes their power over us. Meditation helps us appreciate and absorb such knowledge.

It has been said that the body is the house of the soul, and meditation best puts you in touch with whatever it is that you prefer to call that deepest sense of self. For some, meditation is indeed a spiritual experience. For others it is simply a practical part of maintaining mental acuity and general well being. Meditation has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression and to help in healing from addiction.

We especially need meditation given the hectic pace and sometimes toxic environments we often find ourselves in. Whether you’re aware of it or not, your mind craves a safe space in which it can refocus and refresh.

Though meditation can be relaxing, it is not the same as relaxation. Meditation is a discipline that is learned in the same way that you might learn to play an instrument. The more you practice, the more comfortable and familiar the discipline becomes, and the deeper your skills. Your practice can take many forms, whether you prefer to sit, stand, or lie down.

I speak from experience when I say that meditation will most certainly enhance your lifestyle, and I would welcome the opportunity to help you find the approach that suits you best.