Mindfulness and Meditation
Most of us have heard about mindful meditation and its possible effect on stress and our moods as we manage our daily lives. Years ago, I was fortunate to work down the hall from Dr. Herb Benson, the "inventor" (actually it has existed for thousands of years, but he named it for the Western world) of "the relaxation response". This has been a valuable technique for me, and I have taught it to many women through the years. Its beauty is its simplicity.
Today I want to bring your attention to a recent networking meeting re Healing With Mindfulness Mediation. This is a conversation with Dr. Michael Baime of U Penn, and I think it is excellent. Here is a quote and then a link to read more:
I don't want to talk about [stress] here;
although we could talk about what's difficult and
use that as a way to inch toward [the subject of]
stress. [Specifically, tonight,] I want you to think
about what works for you, what actually works for
you. What I see right now…is a lot of unfolding
of moments of personal lives, of felt experience, of
possibility, of openness, of maybe a little bit of
uncertainty about what the next moment will
bring.You never know whether the sentence is
going to end with the word "albatross."What?
Didn't know that, did you? You don't know what
the next moment brings, and you don't have any
chance to relive the moment that's over.
So what I want to talk [about] with you today
is how to use this present moment — the only
moment you can ever actually be alive in — as a
way to help you find balance and meaning and
love; connectedness; joy and pleasure in the very
center of your life. And [I'd also like to talk about]
how to use the same present moment as a way to
help you when you're feeling buffeted, uncertain,
anxious, sad, angry and unhappy.