Meditation

 

Mindfulness Meditation is where a we intentionally train our mind to focus on an anchor like our breath so that we begin to understand how our mind gets hooked on thoughts and how our body offers us feedback through felt-sense signals. 

Getting still each day and developing a regular meditation practice, creates in-the-moment awareness in daily life.  You'll start relating to your thoughts and feelings in a new way.  You'll regain your power of choice in how you respond instead of operating from a place of autopilot reaction.

Meditation has dozens of benefits and improves a person's health in many ways.  The science is clear on this.  One of the biggest benefits is retraining your mind to become less reactive and avoid getting swept away by random thoughts or external events as easily.

This awareness skill (mindfulness) makes life easier and way more enjoyable.  When you know you have the skill to respond to life in a way that makes you feel calm, confident and aligned - it's like you've discovered your superpower.

When you observe your thoughts in meditation, you learn how to create a slight pause or gap, and it’s in that space you hold your power and freedom of choice in how we relate to our thoughts and respond to life. This applies to our internal thought life and the external world around us. Best of all, it’s a skill everyone can learn. Yes, everyone can meditate (there are no exceptions) and even one minute counts! Better to practice one minute daily than 10-15 minutes once in a while.

Important reminder: there’s only one wrong way to meditate and that’s to not meditate.

"I wanted to develop a meditation practice because I'd heard so much good comes from it, but I didn't know where to start.  Coach Rusti taught me the basics, helped me get into a groove, then directed me towards other teachers and resources so I could deepen my practice. I'm so grateful I stuck with it.  My life has changed in so many positive ways from it." - Amira

A short list of just some of the benefits to developing a regular meditation practice:

  • Improved sleep
  • Stress regulation by reduceing anxiety and fear
  • Increased energy
  • Gain time back (paradoxical, but slowing down actually gives you back time)
  • Better patience and listening skills
  • Improved communication skills with friends/family and at work
  • Greater focus and productivity
  • Learn to be with strong emotions and not get swallowed up by them
  • Significant reduction in rumination and overthinking
  • Increased confidence and trust in self

Meditating isn't a magic pill, but as close to one you can find. 

The only way to know whether implementing a regular meditation practice into your life improves your health and quality of life is to give it an honest try.  Come with an explorative and curious mind and see what happens.  I can genuinely say that each person who has taken me up on developing a regular meditation practice was at first highly skeptical and resistant, but couldn't wait to tell me how grateful they were they gave it a try and stuck with it long enough to see what all the hype was about.  Yes, it is transformative.

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