Meditation

az-large-5979303Meditation has been practiced cross-culturally for thousands of years. Today, there exist many different kinds of meditation with various sets of practices and potential outcomes.

One underlying theme is the use of awareness and attention in ways that promote an internal focal shift.

Through the practice of meditation, individuals are guided into a deeper understanding and awareness of the:

1. Egoic Self or the Suffering Consciousness;    2. Higher Self or the Soul Consciousness; and
3. 
Others, the world, and beyond.

Individual and group sessions are offered with different approaches that harness various benefits through both Mindfulness Meditation and Metaphysical Meditation.

Benefits of Meditation

Overall benefits of meditation include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Mental clarity
  • Emotional stability
  • Insight into one’s soul purpose
  • Clarity into practical daily life changes
  • Reduction of physical, mental, and emotional pain
  • Increased understanding of Soul Consciousness
  • A decrease in the Suffering Consciousness
  • Insight and understanding into one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions
  • Ability to hold and accept difficult thoughts and feelings as they arise

Mindfulness Meditation

In the depth of our seat and breath, we reach an immovable space…

Mindfulness meditation is a practice of paying attention purposefully, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to become aware of our moment to moment experiences. It is a practice in which all thoughts and feelings are observed and acknowledged as they arise to gain insight.

Through this awareness, we build our container and capacity to hold our inner world and can more readily work through our pain and suffering.

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It is a form of meditation that plainly focuses awareness on posture, breathing, and noting which inherently encourages one to sit with what is present.

Practitioners of mindfulness meditation aim to cultivate self-awareness and a nonjudgmental, loving, kind, and compassionate feeling toward themselves and others.

I. Individual Sessions
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A mindfulness meditation session focuses on sitting with what is while holding particular mindfulness concepts.

Through this process, the witness consciousness of the individual arises and much that had previously been unseen comes into awareness allowing the possibility of conscious change to take place.

Nine consecutive sessions are recommended as follows:

  1. The first session is for assessment and exploration of mindfulness through discussion and practice.
  2. Sessions 2-8 focus on the mindfulness meditation training.
  3. The ninth session focuses on processing the entire experience and creating ways to sustain the practice.

After the mindfulness meditation training sessions are completed, group sessions are recommended for practice refinement and maintenance.

II. Group Sessions

Mindfulness meditation groups are a great way to support a personal meditation practice and build community with other like-minded individuals. Various mindfulness themes are chosen throughout the seasons as a means to guide practitioners through their own life cycles. Groups run once a month for sixty minutes and are formed either on an as-needed basis or as requested.

Metaphysical Meditation

The balance of Suffering Consciousness and Soul Consciousness…

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The word Metaphysics is a combination of two words – Meta, meaning over and beyond – and physics which is the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. Thus, the combination of both words can be translated to mean over and beyond the traditional Newtonian laws of physics.

Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that deals with both the cause and the nature of being. It is an exploration of reality,  the search for truth, purpose, and meaning in life, the inquiry of relationship between human, mind, and the Universe, which leads to traversing the age-old fundamental questions of all – “who am I; what am I; where have I been; where am I going; what is  my purpose; what is the purpose to all of this?”

Meditation, according to the spiritual meaning of the term, is not a process of the mind, but rather a process of the spirit. Metaphysical meditation, therefore, is the practice of utilizing specific tools for the Soul Consciousness to emerge. Some of the tools utilized include:

  • Guided Visualizations
  • Sound Healing
  • Mantra and Chanting
  • Decrees and Affirmations
  • Contemplations

There are many paths humans travel in the search to finding the truth. Yogis, mystics, and sages of old have been utilizing the practice of metaphysical meditation for thousands of years in the search for truth. Therefore, metaphysical meditation is a form of meditation that engages a person in this profound search, a journey that eventually transcends the person beyond the boundaries of the Egoic Self.

Practitioners of metaphysical meditation aim to cultivate clear inner sight and wisdom, utilizing the knowledge gained to benefit all forms of life on earth, thus becoming a way of life and a living embodiment of spiritual philosophy.

I. Individual Sessions

Metaphysical meditation sessions are structured as follows:

1. The first session is for assessment and exploration of metaphysical themes.
2. The second session is for a guided metaphysical session and continual home practice.

After these two sessions are completed, monthly individual or group sessions are recommended for practice refinement and maintenance.

II. Group Sessions

Metaphysical meditation groups are a great way to build and expand on various themes and to find a supportive atmosphere of practitioners.  Groups run once a month for sixty minutes and are formed either on an as-needed basis or as requested.

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