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Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of Meditation

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     By expanding inner peace and tranquility, meditation helps to reduce uncontrollable, self-deprecating, mental clutter allowing for a greater connection to our “higher” or true selves often called our “higher” consciousness.  It is at these higher levels of being that our true potential can be found and harnessed.  During meditation you become more alert and focused, less reactive and more responsive.  Meditation has the benefit of affecting your entire life, giving you the ability to better handle stressful emotions. When you start to feel your ability to let thoughts and emotions come and go freely, in your realm of consciousness, then you are just beginning to reach some of the many incredible benefits that meditation practice has in store for you.

Meditation is Proven to Greatly Reduce the Harm of Stress and Anxiety Naturally…

Take a quick look at the following list of questions and if you answer yes to any of these questions, meditation could help:

Are you fearful of change or new experiences?
Are you prone to inappropriate emotional outbursts?
Do you often over react to stressful situations?
Do you suffer from lack of sleep due to restlessness or an overactive mind?
Are you often scattered and unfocused?
Do you have difficulty conveying your thoughts into words effectively?
Do you feel as though your life is lacking direction?
Do you wish you were more creative?
Are you desiring to improve your work performance?
Do you desire to improve your performance in a sport or other recreational activity?
Do you often feel as though you cannot meet the demands of your life do to lack of time or resources?

Meditation provides unparalelled benefits to all of the major categories of human existence:  Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, Physical:

Emotional Benefits:  Less irritability, reduction in the “fight or flight” response, and more emotional self-control.  Helps bring perspective when confronted with a crisis thus making the crisis more manageable.  Managing our modern daily lives can become quite overwhelming when you factor in traffic jams, work related stress, toxicity overload and seemingly unmanageable schedules.  Taking a small amount of daily time to meditate can bring the perspective you need to manage your busy schedule and bring back a feeling of “I can handle this”.  Meditation will allow your senses to be heightened and aroused even during routine tasks, making your day more enjoyable.  You will start enjoying the subtleties of life again like the smell of fresh laundry or the feel of the road as you drive or the color of the morning sky.  Learning to integrate all the senses in your daily life, through meditation, will bring a myriad of emotional benefits and fullness to your life and help you become a better observer.  By being a better observer you can respond to situations rather than react, meaning you can act appropriately when you feel inspired or compelled to and in perfect timing.

Mental Benefits: Better mental focus, concentration and creativity.  Less stress and anxiety and greater peace of mind.  Meditation seeks to bring harmful and counter-productive thoughts and feelings to the surface within you, quell them and help you gain the necessary perspective to invoke more truth and reality in your life. The mental benefits of meditation, if regularly practiced, are long lasting and eventually become permanent.  Unlike drugs or alcohol,  meditation does not need to be obtained or paid for and you will never run the risk of driving while impaired or face legal ramifications for doing it.  Meditation is THE healthy replacement to drugs and alcohol and is the ultimate anti-addiction medication.

Physical Benefits:  Through deep-breathing, which is the backbone of any meditation practice, muscle fatigue and tension are reduced by increasing the circulation of oxygen to the muscles.  Meditation has also been proven to lower high blood cholesterol due to its stress-reducing benefits.  Meditation also helps to strengthen the immune system as well.  Meditation induces the relaxation response which reduces the occurance of pain, insomnia and headaches.  Another major physical benefit of meditation is unlimited energy.  Meditation helps you to create an eternal and infinite flow of pure lifeforce energy.  Our incredible universe has enough energy to keep all the stars in the sky moving and flowing in perfect harmony for billions of years, so it definitely has more than enough energy for you as well and meditation will help you tap into it permanently.

Spiritual Benefits:  Greater self-awareness, the feeling of being more “connected” and a greater sense of purpose, along with the added benefit of helping you to resolve past issues that tend to get buried in the psyche and cause difficulties for you on an unconscious level.  The process of becoming spiritually enlightened through meditation can be difficult, however, and does not happen overnight, although desirable benefits are noticed immediately, meditation is an ongoing process and a person must explore his or her own darker side in order to find and illuminate one’s own inner light and one must be willing to continually change and evolve on a daily basis.  Meditation is not a destination but a fascinating journey where you will become more awakened to your true self.  Through meditation you will discover and uncover an entire new world of interests that you will want to pursue and even find things you probably didn’t even know you had a talent for.

Information from: http://www.benefitsofmeditation.org/


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When to Consider Therapy

At any given time during the course of our lives, things might start feeling out of control, unmanageable, or even chaotic. Trust me when I say, you are NOT alone! Millions of people suffer from stress, depression, anxiety, and other challenges at one point or another. Below is a quick checklist of some things you can ask yourself to help you decide if now is the right time to consider if therapy is right for you:

  • Your problems are getting in the way of your ability to function at work, school or at home
  • You are not able to manage your problems well on your own
  • You feel the need for more support, understanding and privacy
  • Your level of distress is intense enough that you are willing to seek help
  • You have more questions than answers
If you believe now is the time and you are seeking professional help, I am here for you. You may reach Eden at:
702.595.6818 or Edenpastor@me.com
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What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a human service profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Art therapy practice is grounded in the knowledge of human development, psychological theories, and counseling techniques.

 Art therapy is an effective treatment for persons experiencing developmental, medical, educational, and social or psychological impairment. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore the client’s functioning and his/her sense of personal well being. (http://www.atcb.org/what_is_art_therapy/, 2011)

Occasionally, a client will tell me that they cannot draw or they are not good at art and for these reasons, they are resistant to even try.  A personal ability to draw or paint “well” is completely unnecessary to engage in art therapy! Many people, including very talented artists, can face a empty canvas or a blank piece of paper and feel lost or intimidated. Art as therapy focuses on the process of creating art, relying heavily on the unconscious mind to create spontaneously, rather than focusing solely on the end product that is created. A painting of simple colors, shapes, and lines can be equally therapeutic and informative as a painting of a descriptive image. All that matters in art therapy is the ability to drop what the ego is telling us, i.e. what we can and cannot do, and begin to develop your relationship and communication with our selves, both consciously and unconsciously.

In traditional psychotherapy, the client and therapist rely heavily on the client’s ability to clearly communicate what they are feeling. Using art can help facilitate this process when the right words may be hard to find or even sometimes just simply too hard to say out loud. Materials used in creating art are the carriers of the emotional state of the artist. (Moon, 1998)  Through art therapy’s therapeutic containment and structure, the client can produce a product, representational of any expression, without an overly demanding verbal experience.   The use of art therapy interventions provide an opportunity to re-experience conflict, and then to resolve and integrate resolutions. (Levick and Moon, 1983, 1998)
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Best of all, doing art is fun, relaxing, and an opportunity to leave the world behind allowing us to just be present in the moment. Most of the time, our lives are full, busy, and overly demanding of our time, leaving little time for us to enjoy what truly really matters to us. Sometimes we all need a little help in regaining balance in our lives. Psychotherapy and the exciting world of art therapy can be one extremely useful way in gaining the skills needed to once again achieve overall well-being.