Meditation 101: Practices, Postures, and Pretty Much Everything In Between

Nancy WyattWould You Like to Hear About Meditation From Someone New?

Namaste! This is the first time I’ve allowed a Contributing Author to provide the content for a post on my website. I’m giving you a teaser from his blog on Meditation101: Practices, Postures, and Pretty Much Everything In Between. Jamal Bara is the owner and author of the Fitness Goat website. We started communicating after he saw my page on a class I teach about the similarities and differences among Meditation, Affirmations, and Creative Visualization
I am sharing just an outline of his article here. Please do go to the link for his whole blog and the other interesting posts he provides on health and wellness topics. 
Jamal talks about various kinds of meditation, meditation poses, the chakra system, the benefits and “downsides” of various modalities, and apps you can get to help you learn or practice meditation. Here are highlights which 1) will help you and 2) will motivate you to read his entire article and several other blog posts on his website. Note: my “Read More” function is not working, so just scroll down until you decide to stop.

Meditation 101 According to Jamal Bara


What is Meditation?

Meditation is a deliberate practice and one that requires your most quiet, mindful state. The word is tossed around a lot, but you may not exactly know meditation’s actual meaning or function. If asked, I would initial picture Yoda summoning the Force. Perhaps this is a form of meditation, but we’ll leave that for the galaxy.

Though meditation varies and splinters off into different styles of practices, it begins with one specific application—calming your mind. It also (hopefully) ends with a similar goal—restoring balance. The in-between is where you can customize your practice.


Types of Meditation

  • Vipassana meditation (observation of reality)
  • Float tank (sensory deprivation)
  • Guided meditation (instruction & response)
  • Chakra meditation (personal inventory)
  • Forest bathing (gentle wandering)

Benefits of Meditation

  • Lowers anxiety
  • Increases awareness
  • Mindfulness creates control
  • Being present in our bodies helps us appreciate its function

Meditation Postures

  • Sitting
  • Quarter Lotus (Burmese)
  • Full Lotus
  • Seated in Chair
  • Lying down
  • Corpse Pose (Savasana)
  • Supta Baddha Konasana (Bolstered Hip Opener)
  • Mindful Movement

Meditation Apps

Jamal lists several apps to help you meditate, after this introduction.

Using apps on your phone may seem like it’s defeating the purpose of detaching and focusing, but I’m liking this option. I need the incentive to stay on task and build a habit. Whether that’s a monthly payment or simply seeing the app button on my home screen, I think we could all use a boost.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are meditation and prayer the same thing?
  • When is the best time of day to meditate?
  • How long should I meditate?
  • Should I close my eyes?

That’s the end of Jamal’s blog content. Please contact him directly with questions.  Meditation 101: Practices, Postures, and Pretty Much Everything In Between.

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Classes – Wellness

 

Classes – Wellness – Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Holistic Healing / Natural Remedies

All You Need To Know … As An Introduction

As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below

As a certified practitioner of several Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and wellness  modalities, I teach Introductory classes, which explain the concepts involved.  So, if you have ever heard the term “holistic healing,”  “Complementary and Alternative Medicine,” or “CAM,” and you wondered what the heck that means, these wellness classes provide the answers for natural ways of healing yourself – meaning non-synthetic, non-pharmaceutical, and non-surgical ways of increasing your health. 

The critical thing is to penetrate the cause, not just the symptoms, of whatever the dis-ease expression is.  That involves the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of a person, as relates to his or her physical manifestations of balance and imbalance: thus, the expression, “As Above, So Below,” but without specific religious connotations.  I have worked successfully with people of many faiths and with some who had no religious philosophies.  I also have worked successfully with many animals, and it is pretty safe to say that they had no religious beliefs of any recognizable kind.  The treatments still worked.

Because there is a lot of experiential evidence (about the efficacy of things, like acupuncture) that was not obtained via traditional Western scientific study methods, I disagree with some of Wikipedia’s conclusions. Still, see what it offers for the (partial) definition of some of these terms, as follows:

Alternative medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but is not founded on evidence gathered using the scientific method.[1] It consists of a wide range of health care practices, products and therapies.[2] Examples include new and traditional medicine practices such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine, various forms of acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Christian faith healing. The treatments are those that are not part of the conventional, science-based healthcare system,[3][4][5][6] and are not backed by scientific evidence. Complementary medicine is alternative medicine used together with conventional medical treatment in a belief, not proven by using scientific methods, that it “complements” the treatment.[n 1][1][8][9] CAM is the abbreviation for Complementary and alternative medicine.[10][11] Integrative medicine (or integrative health) is the combination of the practices and methods of alternative medicine with conventional medicine.[12]

Even the National Institutes   of Health recognizes some of the CAM modalities.  One source for learning more about Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine is the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health. Articles are available from PubMed and PubMed Central.[5]  Click here for more info.

Classes – Wellness

INTRODUCTION TO COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Red Rose

Did you know that ROSES have enormous healing powers?  Imagine what else you will learn!

This particular class is a four hour seminar (with breaks and snacks); but it can be an all-day seminar, too. See list of topics below. The cost is determined by number of participants, commute time and distance, etc.

In this class on wellness, we shall discuss topics, such as:

Why Anything Works = Energy!

Who and What Can Be Healed

Categories of Holistic Approaches – ingestants, physical manipulation, energy work

Some Principles, Ethics and Theory

Thoughts Are Things – how we create wellness and dis-ease through thought patterns

Sources of Messages – Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, etc.

Causes of Dis-Ease

Body as Messenger – where it hurts is a clue for healing

Correspondences – Chakras / Colors / Notes on Scale

Cleansing and Protection – cleansing not only the body, but the aura

What Happens During Healing sessions and afterward.

The only complaint I’ve ever gotten about this class (and about my other metaphysics and meditation classes) is that the students wanted the class to be longer! 

They even said this when the class was four hours long!  So, you can see we had fun and learned a lot.  The highest compliment I got recently was that not a single person even looked at his/her cell phone during the entire class!  YEA!  Contact me.  You’ll love it, too!

How To Book Me For Classes – Wellness

I do hope you and your friends will schedule a class with me.  Get in touch, using the contact form below, by email (getwellstaywelll at Outlook.com), or by leaving a voice mail message at (540) 636-4311 to arrange it.

Some classes can be customized to your needs. I plan to offer wellness classes as webinars + videos on CAM topics and more in the future.  Follow me to find out when and stay tuned!

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