Mindfulness Meditation

Posted on: Wednesday, July 25th, 2012  In: Blog

In American culture, we are bombarded with symbols and messages about striving for perfection—just take a look at the Photo-shopped models on magazine covers, or the idealized relationships on television. All of this can drive us towards the idea that we’re supposed to achieve perfection in work, in relationships—in every aspect of our lives.

This constant onslaught drills into us the idea that perfection must be achieved in order to be happy. Sadly, what chasing after this so-called “perfection” does instead is serve as a catalyst for the pandemic of depression, stress, overwork and divorce.

Along these lines, my colleague, Dr. Marsha Lucas has some compelling things to say about an ancient technique called “mindfulness meditation.” According to the research that she follows, it can have a very real effect on our ability to not get lost in the noise about “perfection” clouding our heads.

Mindfulness meditation can function as an exercise to train the brain and focus the mind, and to “re-wire” the brain in key places, so that your high-level thinking and your deeper feelings can be better integrated. Marsha describes why she believes this can help us lead more satisfying lives, with more solid friendships and healthier relationships.

You can learn more about this—and download a free mindfulness meditation—at www.ReWireYourBrainForLove.com.

Throughout my life I have practiced different types of meditation; walking meditation, counting breath meditation, guided meditations of many different kinds and mindfulness meditation. I find for myself that mindfulness meditation is soothing, calming and centering. I can feel energized and clearer after I have meditated. I believe that each of us has to find our own path for a centeredness and calming practice, mindfulness meditation may be one to try as you see what fits for you.

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