Meditation Training: Traveling Inward (mindfulness)
"Meditation can give you that which nothing else can give you. It introduces you to yourself."
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Meditation is the quiet, one-pointed focus of attention and awareness on one thing. It is the nature of the mind to always be involved with a rapid series of thoughts. Meditation can help us establish a healthy relationship with this wayward child called mind. Meditation can even help us to become aware of the reality beyond the mind: the immortal soul.
With our busy lives, we know full well how to “do”, but we, more often than not, do not know how to “be”. When we tap into the stillness that meditation can provide, our lives become more serene, creative, and fulfilling. We can develop the capacity to improve our health, our relationships, and our skill in performing our everyday activities with the simple mindfulness inherent in the meditation practice. Meditation is the source of teh mindfulness practice.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION?
- Develop Mindfulness!
- Helps relax muscle tension and the autonomic nervous system.
- Boosts the immune system.
- Provides freedom from mental stress.
- Aids emotional balance.
- Decreases the need for sleep
- Enhances creativity
- Develops a tranquil mind
PRACTICING MEDITATION SYSTEMATICALLY
In order to benefit from meditation, we need to
practice systematically. When the body is made comfortable, our
attention naturally goes to the breath. When the breath is flowing
properly, our attention naturally goes to the mind. Then we have set
the stage for effective practice. Here are the steps needed to
advance in meditation:
Step One: Relax the body.
Step Two: Assume a comfortable seated posture with the head, neck, and trunk straight.
Step Three: Regulate the flow of the breath.
Step Four: Focus the mind using the breath, a mantra or prayer.
Step Five: While staying aware, slowly and gently bring your attention back to the body and open your eyes.
OTHER FACTORS THAT AID A MEDITATION PRACTICE:
- Sit at the same time every day.
- Sit in the same place every day.
- Eat simple, nutritious food.
- Regulate your sleep.
LEARNING MEDITATION IS MINDFULNESS!
Many people try to meditate after reading books, but don’t
generally succeed. This is because the method may not be systematic and because
there is no teacher to provide proper instruction in mindful breathing, relaxation,
proper posture and,
most importantly, working
with the mind. Taking a class will allow you the opportunity to be observed and corrected
where needed, and to have your questions answered.
Inner Peace Yoga Center provides such systematic instruction in the mindful practice of meditation. Classes are taught by center founders Charles Crenshaw, M.S., M.Div.W and Carol Crenshaw, M.S. Charles and Carol have been practicing meditation for over thirty years each and teaching for over twenty years each, and have been trained in the mindfulness aspects of meditation and coaching. They were directly trained by the renowned meditation master, and master of yoga science Sri Swami Rama.
INCLUDED IN THE MEDITATION WORKSHOP:
This workshop will cover the basics needed to start a mindful meditation practice:
- Breathing And Relaxation Exercises.
- Being Mindful of Posture.
We will discuss:
- The Benefits Of Meditation and Mindfulness.
- Philosophy Of Meditation.
- How To Work With The Mind.
- Prayer and/or Mantra?
- Setting Up A Daily Meditation Practice.
The workshop is held over the weekend, Sat. 2-4:45 p.m. and Sun. 9-12 noon. Cost is $125. SEE WHEN THE NEXT SESSION WILL BE HELD
HOW TO REGISTER
Space is limited. To reserve your space, call
257-9642. You may call and register over the phone with a
charge card, or mail in or bring your printable registration
form to the Center office, which is open Mon.-Thurs. 10:00-5:30 and Sat. 10:00-12:00.
Please enclose full tuition ($125) or a $25 deposit with your
application to reserve your space. If a deposit is enclosed, the
balance is due the day of the course. Applications will be accepted
on a first come basis.
Note: Anyone who has attended the Meditation Intensive can audit the class at no charge,
anytime the class is held. Call to make sure there is room !
5038 East 56th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46226