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Meditation and mindfulness explained


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We explain meditation and mindfulness - why you should do it, and what the benefits are.

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Meditation and mindfulness explained

  1. 1. meditationSHIFT Understand your mind, live better.
  2. 2. What if we told you…  you can decrease stress and anxiety  you can increase focus and productivity  you can combat depression, improve your self-confidence, and be more emotionally balanced …just by spending a short time each day doing something simple?
  3. 3. And, it’s been proven effective over thousands of years. Plus, it’s backed by scientific research.
  4. 4. The struggles of life… We all face similar challenges:  stress  worry  fear and regret  anxiety  depression  self-confidence issues  and more…
  5. 5. What doesn’t work:  Traditional self-help methods  Forced “positive thinking”  Motivational platitudes Sure, they can provide temporary relief. But, you always end up dealing with the same problems again.
  6. 6. WHY?
  7. 7. Our focus is wrong.  Everything we do treats the symptoms of the problem, not the problem itself.  We need to address the root cause.
  8. 8. The root cause: our minds  Our minds are the foundation for everything.  Our daily life is characterized by compulsive thinking. Our minds churn through thoughts, feelings, emotions, and urges seemingly non-stop.  This “mind-made” activity dictates our actions and reactions.  We are subjected to a constant narrative (you know, that voice in your head).
  9. 9. Our condition: lost in thought  A fish doesn’t realize it is surrounded by water, because it has always been surrounded by water. Likewise,  Many of us don’t realize we are inundated with thoughts, because we have always been inundated with thoughts.
  10. 10. Over the course of our lives, we have been conditioned to follow our minds wherever they lead. And, most of us don’t even realize we do it; we live on “auto-pilot.”
  11. 11. We identify with the “mind-made” activity:  We attach to it.  We get lost in it.  We are swept away by it.
  12. 12. Three quick experiments: 1. Take 30 seconds and think of nothing. How far did you get before you had a thought? 2. Take 5 minutes and write down every thought you have. How many were there? How varied and random were they? 3. Read this sentence silently to yourself. Can you hear the voice in your head?
  13. 13. What can you do about it?  Develop a clear understanding of your mind, its activity, and the problems it creates in your life.  Cultivate awareness of your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and urges. And, learn not to cede control to them.
  14. 14. What can you do about it?  Practice observing, accepting, and not attaching to the “mind-made” activity.  Interrupt the conditioned patterns you have developed over the course of your life.
  15. 15. HOW?
  16. 16. Sam Harris, author and neuroscientist: “The habit of spending nearly every waking moment lost in thought leaves us at the mercy of whatever our thoughts happen to be. Meditation is a way of breaking this spell.”
  17. 17. meditationSHIFT: our three week course  Study/instruction – we help you understand your mind, and the problems it creates.  Meditation – we provide a structured program so you build a consistent practice.  Mindfulness – we teach you how to extend your practice to your everyday life.
  18. 18. Benefits of meditation and mindfulness (if done consistently):  lowers stress, decreases anxiety  helps combat depression  improves focus  increases productivity  lowers blood pressure and boosts immunity  and much more…
  19. 19. And, you don’t even have to sit like this: Unless you want to!
  20. 20. Find out about our course: Research on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation: ion-research.html