Meditating your
way to a heart
healthy life!
Kathleen Todd, MSW
Sue Green
Kathleen Todd
 Kathleen Todd is a life coach and licensed
clinical social worker who has worked as a
healing professional...
Oh My!
Houston You Have a Problem!
Slow Things Down
What is Meditation?
 Meditation is a practice of quieting the
mind.
 One of the key words is PRACTICE.
Meditation is not religion
 Yet, interestingly Meditation is part of
every religious tradition.
Benefits of Meditation
 Mental Clarity
Benefits of Meditation
 Mental Clarity
 Self esteem
Benefits of Meditation
 Mental Clarity
 Self esteem
 Sense of calm
Benefits of Meditation
 Mental Clarity
 Self esteem
 Sense of calm
 True Happiness
Benefits of Meditation
 Mental Clarity
 Self esteem
 Sense of calm
 True Happiness
 Balance emotions
Benefits of Meditation
 Mental Clarity
 Self esteem
 Sense of calm
 True Happiness
 Balance emotions
 Open mindedness
Benefits of Meditation
 Mental Clarity
 Self esteem
 Sense of calm
 True Happiness
 Balance emotions
 Open mindednes...
Benefits of Meditation
 Mental Clarity
 Self esteem
 Sense of calm
 True Happiness
 Balance emotions
 Open mindednes...
Benefits of Meditation
 Mental Clarity
 Self esteem
 Sense of calm
 True Happiness
 Balance emotions
 Open mindednes...
Benefits of Meditation
 Mental Clarity
 Self esteem
 Sense of calm
 True Happiness
 Balance emotions
 Open mindednes...
Meditation and your body
 Meditation can also bring about
physiological changes, which
can have important health
benefits...
Meditation and emotional
well-being
 When you meditate, you clear away the
information overload that builds up every
day ...
Emotional benefits of meditation
 Gaining a new
perspective on stressful
situations
 Building skills to manage
your stre...
Mindful Meditation made easy
It doesn’t have to be difficult.
It should be easy and peaceful.
Do not set your mind on how ...
Let’s get started
 Sit in a comfortable area.
 Cross your legs and close your eyes.
 Keep your back straight and head e...
Thoughts … or ‘monkey mind’
 Random thoughts will
happen.
 Don’t fight them; let
them be.
 Meditation is always
working.
Meditation for Life
 Change will come when you least expect it.
 Practice absolutely makes it easier and
gives you more ...
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MEDITATING YOUR WAY TO A HEART-HEALTHY LIFE.

This slideshow was created by Kathleen Todd and Susan Green who teach about the benefits of meditation, particularly as a way of coping with heart health issues.

Most of the patients who attend their sessions have had some type of heart rhythm problem that can be possibly be controlled by medication, implantable pacemaker/defibrillators and now a new tool, meditation.

For more information about meditation and heart health, you can contact Kathleen Todd through her website: http://kathleentodd.com/

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  1. 1. Meditating your way to a heart healthy life! Kathleen Todd, MSW Sue Green
  2. 2. Kathleen Todd  Kathleen Todd is a life coach and licensed clinical social worker who has worked as a healing professional for the last 30 years.  Having practiced meditation for decades, Kathleen teaches individuals and groups ways to use relaxation and meditation in their daily lives.  Find Kathleen: KathleenTodd.com
  3. 3. Oh My!
  4. 4. Houston You Have a Problem!
  5. 5. Slow Things Down
  6. 6. What is Meditation?  Meditation is a practice of quieting the mind.  One of the key words is PRACTICE.
  7. 7. Meditation is not religion  Yet, interestingly Meditation is part of every religious tradition.
  8. 8. Benefits of Meditation  Mental Clarity
  9. 9. Benefits of Meditation  Mental Clarity  Self esteem
  10. 10. Benefits of Meditation  Mental Clarity  Self esteem  Sense of calm
  11. 11. Benefits of Meditation  Mental Clarity  Self esteem  Sense of calm  True Happiness
  12. 12. Benefits of Meditation  Mental Clarity  Self esteem  Sense of calm  True Happiness  Balance emotions
  13. 13. Benefits of Meditation  Mental Clarity  Self esteem  Sense of calm  True Happiness  Balance emotions  Open mindedness
  14. 14. Benefits of Meditation  Mental Clarity  Self esteem  Sense of calm  True Happiness  Balance emotions  Open mindedness  Compassion and Love
  15. 15. Benefits of Meditation  Mental Clarity  Self esteem  Sense of calm  True Happiness  Balance emotions  Open mindedness  Compassion and Love  Increase immune function
  16. 16. Benefits of Meditation  Mental Clarity  Self esteem  Sense of calm  True Happiness  Balance emotions  Open mindedness  Compassion and Love  Increase immune function  Decrease Stress
  17. 17. Benefits of Meditation  Mental Clarity  Self esteem  Sense of calm  True Happiness  Balance emotions  Open mindedness  Compassion and Love  Increase immune function  Decrease Stress  Improve health
  18. 18. Meditation and your body  Meditation can also bring about physiological changes, which can have important health benefits.  These changes include lowered blood pressure, reduced levels of stress hormones and increased levels of chemicals in the brain that enhance mood stability.
  19. 19. Meditation and emotional well-being  When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
  20. 20. Emotional benefits of meditation  Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations  Building skills to manage your stress  Increasing self- awareness  Focusing on the present  Reducing negative emotions
  21. 21. Mindful Meditation made easy It doesn’t have to be difficult. It should be easy and peaceful. Do not set your mind on how long it should be. Start with 5 minutes then move to longer times.
  22. 22. Let’s get started  Sit in a comfortable area.  Cross your legs and close your eyes.  Keep your back straight and head erect. You can use a wall for support.  Inhale deep into your stomach and exhale out through the mouth.  Hold the inhalation for a count of 3 and exhale.
  23. 23. Thoughts … or ‘monkey mind’  Random thoughts will happen.  Don’t fight them; let them be.  Meditation is always working.
  24. 24. Meditation for Life  Change will come when you least expect it.  Practice absolutely makes it easier and gives you more control over your health.  Be a patient patient.  And you can meditate ANYWHERE!

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