Follow up to ‘Merits of Meditation’

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.

Panelists:

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Poignant Remarks: 
  • “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.