The Beauty of Meditation
Meditation has had a profound effect in my quest for personal wellness. I began practicing guided meditation over 20 years ago. It offered me healing from anxiety and mild depression, without harmful prescription medications.
Throughout my life, I would step away from my practice due to schedule limitations and the hectic lifestyle demands of my roles of wife, mom and entrepreneur. It was only a few years, ago that I returned to a regular committed practice. After studying with Deepak Chopra, who was a vital influence on the Health Coaching curriculum, at Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I found meditation again and all the beautiful benefits.
Meditation brings many cognitive benefits and helps me to focus my thoughts, creativity and manage my busy life. As an Integrative Health Coach, I work specifically with women who are trying to balance their lives in a holistic mind, body and soul approach. Meditation is a key ingredient in my “Recipe for Radiance” program. It acts a foundational detox of the mind to help bring about clarity, confidence, vibrant health, and stress free living.
Studies have shown that the physiological changes in the body, while meditating, offer powerful health promoting benefits. The power of mindful meditation can reduce anxiety, increase focus, increase creativity, reduce pain, reduce depression, decrease blood pressure, reduces inflammation in the body, boosts immunity, lowers systemic cortisol levels, improves sleep and offers more balance to our emotions. I often prescribe my clients to “meditate before you medicate”.
If you are new to meditation, I suggest following guided meditations that are available online, you tube or even apps that are available for smart phones. Eventually, you will discover you can meditate anywhere and anytime. I find quiet music or being in nature is my que to begin in gratitude and release thoughts that are weighing me down, focus on slowing my breathing and reflecting on specific mindful affirmations.
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