Meditation

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

~ Philippians 4:7

What is Meditation

Meditation

Meditation is a mental exercise that trains attention and awareness.  Its purpose is often to curb reactivity to one's negative thoughts and feelings.  These feelings often disrupt the every day life of those suffering from PTSD, Anxiety and Depression hijacking their attention from every day life and cause individuals to live in a state of hyper-vigilance and anxiety.

Meditation has been shown to increase focus, reduce stress, and promote calmness. It can also help people recognize and accept negative emotions.

Our program incorporates meditation as a way to uncover hidden negative thoughts and emotions those suffering from PTSD experience and help them start to work through those emotions in a healthy way.

Benefits of Meditation

Increases Focus

Meditation can increase mental focus allowing our participants to begin to tame their reaction to stressful situations.  Those who meditate have a better more controlled reaction to stress.  Research has found that with meditation, the amygdala—the area of the brain that responds to stress—becomes quieter. This could give meditators a little more leeway during high-pressure situations to hold things more lightly and not devote all of their attention to emotional triggers causing them to react to these triggers in a healthier less anxious way.

Meditation acts on areas of the brain that modulate the autonomic nervous system, which governs such functions as digestion and blood pressure—functions heavily affected by chronic stress. Through its physiological effects on the body and clairifing effects on the mind, meditation has been found to effectively calm the effects of the traumatic events of combat or repeated exposure to violence that can cause the hyper-vigilance associated with PTSD and other stress disorders. It is also valuable in improving emotion regulation and stress reduction.

Reduces Stress

Promotes Calmness

It’s impossible for us to erase the negative thoughts and memories of the traumatic triggering events that cause the PTSD, depression, anxiety and other stress disorders we treat.  By practicing meditation we believe we can clear away the mind’s chatter and start to focus on how to cope with these thoughts and feelings.  Studies show that meditating, even for as little as 10- 15 minutes can increase the brain's alpha waves (associated with relaxation) and decreases, stress, anxiety and depression promoting calmness.

Meditation VS Yoga Nidra

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  • Practiced within the waking state

  • Used to attain awareness of one's own thoughts

  • Sitting position

  • Focus on breath, mantra then it is either self-guided or guided by an instructor

  • Practiced when you are neither awake nor asleep

  • Used to attain a deep understanding of self

  • Lying down position

  • Full guided meditation with a certified Yoga Nidra instructor

Meditation       VS       Yoga Nidra

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