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Introduction to Meditation - Lesson 1

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This is the slide show for Lesson 1 of Introduction to Meditation, an online course from Rocks n Rituals.

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Introduction to Meditation - Lesson 1

  1. 1. Lesson 1
  2. 2.  What do you think of when you hear the word “meditation”?  Is it a serene monk sitting in full lotus position for hours on end?  Maybe you think it’s too hard or that you aren’t able to do it?  Is it scary because you have to be quiet and look within?
  3. 3.  Quite simply meditation works!  Research shows meditation helps lower stress and blood pressure.  In addition meditation can: -  improve your health  unlock your creativity  slow down the ageing process.  It gives you room to simply “be” – you are a Human Being not a Human Doing!
  4. 4.  The Stress Response – when you are stressed your body goes into Fight or Flight mode – adrenalin and cortisol hormones fly round your body, raising your blood pressure and blood is diverted from your brain to your muscles making you less able to think clearly  The Trouble with Stress – long-lasting stress will lead to health issues such as stroke, heart disease, IBS, insomnia, anxiety & much more. You need to learn to RELAX!
  5. 5.  Meditation encourages relaxation.  It turns off the stress response and promotes healing as the relaxation response is invoked in the body.  Blood is diverted to the cortex allowing clear thinking and promoting creativity.  Research has shown that the with regular practice meditation can re-wire the brain and therefore make you a calmer and less stressed person in day to day life.
  6. 6.  In order to concentrate, it is necessary to focus on only one object at a time (e.g. on your breath or a candle flame).  As soon as one’s thoughts begin to wander, then they must be slowly brought back to the object of one’s focus (no judgement, just notice and re-focus).  During the act of meditation it is essential to try to ignore all sorts of distractions, such as the intrusion of irrelevant thoughts, and the sudden awareness of the sensations that the body feels. These three points are true no matter which system of meditation is used.
  7. 7.  1. Breath watching  2. Empty mind  3. Walking  4. Mindfulness  5. Simple mantra  6. Concept
  8. 8.  Let’s take a moment to practice by focusing on the breath – sit comfortably and simply notice what it feels like to breathe in and out for 60 seconds (use a clock to monitor the time).  Note your results and progress in your meditation journal – did you find it easy or hard to stay focused?  Practice, practice and more practice!
  9. 9. Thank you for completing Lesson 1. Debi Barr is a Reiki Master Teacher who specialises in stress management and life coaching. Alongside her passion for meditation and Reiki she is also an artist, a mother and a Reflexologist. Visit www.rocksnrituals.co.uk for more information about Debi and the services she provides.

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