Meditation

How to Meditate

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Meditation is much simpler than you think. You don’t have to “clear” your mind. You don’t have to “make” yourself be calm, or centered or spiritual. You don’t have to be a Buddhist or a Hindu. You don’t really even need a teacher. What you do need is a willingness to do nothing for a little while. Because the goal of meditation is to just be present with whatever situation presents itself. All you need to do is be right where you are, right now. So here’s how you meditate. Sit down somewhere, preferably in a quiet place. Breath in for five seconds, hold your breath for five...

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Mindful Eating is Good For Me and Probably Good For You Too

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I’ve been trying to eat mindfully this week.  That means while I’m eating I’m not checking my phone, staring at my Facebook feed, or zoning out on television. It also means I’m actually trying to taste the food I am putting in my mouth.  I’m trying to finish one bite before I shovel another one into my face hole.   I’m trying to deliberately chew. Guess what?  It’s really hard.  After I’ve prepared my meal and about to sit down I get a little compulsion to make sure I have something to entertain myself like my phone or ipad.  I have to fight the urge. When I’ve been...

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How Rhythms Can Heal: Start with the Breath

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“How many treatments will it take for me to get better?”  This is a great question that I get all the time.   If someone complains of a knee injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, or plantar fasciitis I can give a clear answer based on my experience treating that injury in the past.  However when a patient presents with anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis or other chronic conditions the question becomes more difficult to answer.   Much depends on the frequency of treatment, the overall health and constitution of the individual at the beginning of treatment and the...

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30 Day Heartmath Meditation Challenge

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Yesterday was the final day of my 30 day Heartmath meditation challenge and despite technically missing one day, I am declaring this experiment a massive success! I didn’t tell anyone about it beforehand, I just decided to do it.  The challenge was to meditate for 20 minutes per day for 30 consecutive days using the Heartmath EM Wave 2 or the Heart Math Inner Balance App for the Iphone. Heartmath has a suite of biofeedback devices that measure Heart Rate Variability (HRV) which is the variation in the time interval between heartbeats.  In general the greater an individual’s HRV the...

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