Meditation is awareness. It is about focusing the mind on a single object and stopping the thought process. When thoughts subside, the mind becomes quiet and you are able to be fully in the present moment. There are many different meditation techniques to quieten the constant "mind chatter". However learning to keep the mind quiet takes patience and a lot of practice.
Every day we deal with many things that are beyond our control. We can, however, take responsibility for changing our state of mind, which in turn, determines how we react to situations that develop in our lives. Living our lives consciously enables us to be aware of our responses and to manage relationships and situations in a positive manner.
Practicing meditation has physical as well as psychological benefits. Meditation relaxes the body and mind, which reduces stress and anxiety, improves memory and decreases moodiness and depression.
At Amithi, we focus on teaching meditation and guided imagery techniques to calm your mind, simple exercises that you can access anytime anywhere when you find yourself in a stressful environment. Meditation is free, always available and effective.
Dr. John Kabat-Zinn, Ph. D. is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world. Below is some of his research:
» Three-year follow-up and clinical implications of a mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Miller, J., Fletcher, K. and Kabat-Zinn, J., (1995); Gen. Hosp. Psychiatry, 17:192-200
» Four year follow-up of a meditation-based program for the self-regulation of chronic pain: Treatment outcomes and compliance.
Kabat-Zinn, J., Lipworth, L., Burney, R. and Sellers, W., (1986); Clin.J.Pain:159-173.
» An out-patient program in Behavioral Medicine for chronic pain patients based on the practice of mindfulness meditation: Theoretical considerations and preliminary results.
Kabat-Zinn, J., (1982); Gen. Hosp. Psychiatry, 4:33-47