Thursdays October 18, 25 November 1, 8, 15
7:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Whonnock Lake Centre
Barcode – 242950
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Maple Ridge Fall Leisure Guide
Participants are asked to bring water in a sealed non-breakable container and a cushion or yoga mat to sit on. Chairs are available if participants would prefer a chair. Please bring a blanket for comfort and/or warmth.
Meditation – Basic Principles and Benefits
In our everyday life, meditation teaches us the art of being present – how to observe without reacting. Every meditation has the potential to be healing as we are offered to opportunity to relax, release and renew.
Guided Meditation asks three (3) things of us:
- To connect with our imagination.
- To connect with our breath.
- To be present and enjoy the journey of the meditation without expectations.
Accomplishing these three (3) things creates a place where self-healing can begin.
Guided Meditation asks us to connect to our imagination by using our 5 internal senses – seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. Once activated, the imagination becomes the bridge to our subconscious. It is the subconscious that shapes the way we react to and interact with the world around us. It is the subconscious that never waivers from our highest purpose, our highest good, our true path.
How we breath has an enormous effect on how our body functions. Chest or shallowing breathing occurs when we are stressed. By consciously breathing deeply and slowly, we can shift our body from the fight or flight mode to the rest and digest mode.
The trickiest part of Guided Meditation is often being present – to get out of our minds and into our body. It means being able to appreciate and understand what our body is telling us – perhaps through an emotion.
For the body to release, it must first feel what it needs to release. In other words, being present means acknowledging the emotion by feeling it. When we acknowledge the emotion we are giving ourselves permission to release it.
Often we ignore or put our emotions on hold. Instead of allowing ourselves to be present in our body and to feel, we choose to be in our mind. To think about what needs to be done tomorrow or what we need to buy at the grocery store on the way home. When we lock away our emotions, instead of feeling them, we cause ourselves stress. Chronic stress is detrimental to our health.
The Healing Benefits
Meditation has been scientifically and medically linked to….
- Easing stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain
- Giving rise to improved relationships and productivity
- Enhancing short-term memory and the ability to focus and concentrate.
Individuals who meditate are often healthier, more adaptive, creative and productive.
With Guided Meditation, my philosophy is that we will experience what we are meant to experience. There is no right or wrong. Every experience is personal, every experience is unique and every experience is healing.