We had a wonderful turnout for the Merits of Meditation – part of our Great Conversation series. We heard incredibly thoughtful questions from those in attendance and we were lucky to have such a knowledgable panel to answer them.
- Lisa Flook, researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
- Jan Sheppard, teacher at the Madison Insight Meditation Group
- Mark Blumenfeld, teacher at the Shambhala Meditation Center
- Kathryn Coleman, teacher at the Madison Daoguan
- “Meditation is like brushing your teeth. You can’t just brush once and be done with it.”
- “Mindfulness allows one to be at ease in the world – even if that means being at ease with a busy mind.”
- “Meditation is one of the longest-standing human traditions – after 2500 years, it must be good for something.”
- “If you’re too busy to meditate… you’re TOO busy.”
Benefits of Meditating:
- Increases immunological function
- Allows for better emotional regulation
- Reduces anxiety
- Increases kindness towards self
- Allows inner peace to “rub off” on others
- Introduces a sincere curiosity about others
*Many of the above benefits are research-supported… check out more key findings here.
How to Start:
- There are many meditation postures – choose one that is comfortable for you.
- Begin with focused-attention meditation; consider focusing on your breath or intention.
- Use “close techniques” to become more in tune with your body – focus on something internal like your heart beat or chest rise.
- Try meditating right after you wake up, or right before you go to bed.
- Get instruction! (Lucky for you, Madison is the place to be if you’re looking for a meditation center that offers guided practice.)
Want to put what you’ve learned into practice? The Studio offers an instructor-led Meditation and Restore class Sunday evenings from 7:15-8:15pm (taught by Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau), as well as self-guided Open Meditation on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 7:30-8pm.