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Meditation is a state of thoughtless awareness. You have probably experienced this without realizing it – do you remember a time when you were so in the flow of an activity that you lost track of time, and for that brief period there was nothing but awareness and enjoyment of the activity at hand?
That was a meditative state.
Every Wednesday at 7:15 pm
Take a break from the busyness of everyday life, and find a moment of stillness. Meditation is a powerful tool to create peace and change in your life, and there are as many ways to meditate as there are types of fish in the water. Each month we will explore a different variety of meditative practice.
New to Meditation?
What is Meditation?
Most of us have a constant stream of chatter that goes on in our brains. Many of us are not even aware that this chatter goes on. It might focus on the litany of tasks that you have to do after work, or a particular worry you are experiencing, or what other people will think of you if you do a certain thing. That voice is the chattering of our ego -the part of our mind that we identify with, that provides our sense of self-identity. That voice consumes a tremendous amount of our energy, focus, creativity, and vitality. Meditation is a state where that chatter stills, and we can then begin to access our full potential as intelligent, creative, compassionate, inspired human beings.
You cannot practice meditation; you can practice techniques which lead to the state of meditation. With attention and practice, this state of thoughtless awareness can be your normal state of being. Thoughtless awareness doesn’t mean that you don’t have thoughts, it doesn’t mean you are zoned out and inactive. Thoughtless awareness means that you are fully centered and present in the moment and that your attention isn’t diverted by the mental chatter that the ego wants to engage in.
Reduced Stress: Even brief periods of meditation can reduce stress and improve mood. (1) Stress plays a significant role in burnout, fatigue, mood, and in all of our biological systems – cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, immune, and nervous systems all react negatively to prolonged stress. Meditation can positively impact health for a wide range of conditions, and overall wellness. (2)
Improved Focus: Multiple studies have shown that short trainings in mindfulness improve cognitive focus and working memory capacity while decreasing mind wandering and mental distraction. (3)
Increased Creativity: Even brief periods of meditation can encourage divergent thinking, a thought process or method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions. (4)
Better Decision Making: Researchers found that “a brief period of mindfulness meditation can encourage people to make more rational decisions by considering the information available in the present moment while ignoring some of the other concerns that typically exacerbate the ‘sunk cost bias.’”(5)
Bringing Mindfulness to the Workplace, a UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School whitepaper
(3) Mrazek, M. D., Franklin, M. S., Phillips, D. T., Baird, B., & Schooler, J. W. (2013). Mindfulness training improves working memory capacity and GRE performance while reducing mind wandering. Psychological science, 24(5), 776-781.
(4) Colzato LS, Ozturk A, Hommel B. Meditate to Create: The Impact of Focused-Attention and Open-Monitoring Training on Convergent and Divergent Thinking.Frontiers in Psychology. 2012;3:116. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00116.
(5) Association for Psychological Science. (2014, February 12). Mindfulness meditation may improve decision-making, new study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 1, 2016 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140212112745.htm
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200 N Churton Street, Suite 200, Hillsborough, NC (919) 590-9494
There is limited on-site parking, and additional public parking one short block away on King Street and in the King Street parking lot, accessible from Churton Street.
We are upstairs. Enter using the staircase on the left side of the building.