Meditation. Quieting the Thought Waves of the Mind

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Imagine.  No thoughts.  No words.  Just silence.  You and the silence, the stillness, the quiet.  You and the breath and maybe, if you like, a phrase or mantra (like OM) to coordinate with the breath. To some people, this idea of meditation is daunting and exotic.  What will I DO if I am just sitting there, doing nothing?  Well, you see, that is the point of meditation.  Doing nothing.  Letting go of “doing” for a change.

In our high-speed, multi-tasking, hyperactive world, stopping the world to “get off” for a while, to rest and regroup, to refresh and slow down the chaos of the world is little understood or appreciated.  Yet there is an increasing interest in meditation and for obvious reasons.  The world is “too much with us”  all the time.  Sowe have to make our own choice to block out time and to shut off the ever chattering mind and the noisy world. 

As I prepare to teach a another class focusing on the many different practices of meditation and its benefits, perhaps it is worth recounting what can happen for those who meditate.  Words like feeling better about yourself, reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, paying closer attention to who you are and how you feel, experiencing a little “vacation” from the world, clearer thinking, less depression, and maybe, just maybe, a sense of self-love and bliss.  The sky is the limit, we might say.

Meditation is called dhyana in Sanskrit and is one of the eight limbs of Raja yoga.  But meditation does not belong to any culture or lineage.  Anyone can do it.  Sit in a quiet place.  Let your hands rest on your lap or your legs.  Let your back be straight so breathing is easy.  Close your eyes. Watch your breath going in and out.  Keep watching your breath.  Go back to the breath even when the mind interrupts with thoughts.  Have no fear, the mind will do that.  Back to keeping the breath slow and smooth.  Sit for a few minutes, then stretch it out longer each time.  Don’t judge yourself.  Just try it.  Who knows, you might find you like it.  Give it a try.  You might get to know yourself so well, you will see just how much love is in your heart.  Love is the point anyway!

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

2 responses »

  1. I have already posted it on Facebook and sent it to a friends link who enjoys meditation. How delightful Deanne, and oh so gently true! 🙂

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