I’m not really a computer person – I’d actually rather read. So why do I struggle to decode computer jargon, wrestle with recording programs and risk crashing the whole site when I mess up?
Because I know something important, and I want to share it.
Here’s the bottom line: Stress causes damage. It ages our brains, causes us pain, makes us sick, and shortens our lives. Meditation reduces pain, protects our brain, nurtures our mind, and heals our body.
Even though we still have stress.
Yes, you have stress – we all do. If you’re in a relationship, you have stress. If you’re not in a relationship, that’s even more stressful. Work stresses us out, and not having work makes it worse. And boredom is stressful on its own!
Stress is part of our lives. The issue is how we manage it.
Meditation and physical exercise are the two most powerful ways to manage the effects of stress. In fact, meditation may be the single most important investment you can make in your health.
That’s great, right? Well, maybe. The thing is – who wants to meditate? Who even knows how?
OK, some people do. But most people have no experience with meditation. It makes them uneasy. When I talk about meditation, people tend to change the subject. Or sometimes they’re more blunt: “Nah. I click on funny goat videos when I want to relax.”
I don’t take it personally. I love goat videos too. And no one wants to exercise either.
But I can’t just let it go. I’m a health psychologist, so I know the research. And I know how important it is to take control of the physical effects of stress. And as much as I love goats, the effects of watching are not that powerful.
Did your doctor tell you to meditate? I bet not. Yet time and time again research has shown the powerful effects of meditation on health variables from pain to healthy brains, from heart health to weight management.
And I want you to have it all.
Guided meditations make it easy, and focused imagery puts the healing right where you want it. For some issues, like weight loss, smoking cessation, overcoming fears or working through special life problems, guided meditations with focused imagery are more powerful than simple meditation alone.
So, that’s my goal. That’s why I do it. I want to share the truth about how important meditation is, and to make it easy for you to do it. To make it powerful, and make it effective. For whatever your personal hurts, stresses and heart needs may be.
I came to meditation on a spiritual path, and I’m still on that path. But you don’t need to be spiritual to meditate. Meditation is a vital, effective resource for physical and emotional health. That’s just how we’re made. We all need a warm, safe home in our heart.
And a few funny goat videos, too.