Meditation Training Benefits for You
Would you like to feel calmer & happier, reduce stress, improve relationships & work performance, be more confident, relaxed and motivated?
Whether you are or are not in recovery from alcohol (or drug) problems such as overuse, abuse or dependency, would you like your life to run smoother, easier and less stressful?
If you’ve tried some of the many different ways, techniques, and types of meditation – how do you know which is the ‘best’ mediation, and which might be the most effective kind – for you? Which would fit your lifestyle best?
Is there valid research on meditation, and if so which type or way has been found to be the most effective? And, how hard is it to learn and to use?
ClaytonLeeCounseling.com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most accurate information, data and research to help you in your specific area of need or desire to learn. Keep coming back to https://claytonleecounseling.com/meditation-instruction/ – and our other of our web pages for weekly updates on meditation research & info, and your other areas of interest.
Clayton Lee, CHt, LCDC is a Certified Meditation Instructor who has developed a highly effective, quick to learn, personalized mediation practice. Clayton is highly experienced in meditation practice and instruction. He began meditating four decades ago.
This meditation will greatly improve your state of mind, your relationships, your communications, your peace & happiness, and your work. You don’t even have to believe that it works, or that it can work for you. Once you learn this meditation you will see your life changing – for the better.
A common and valid question many new meditators ask before and after learning any type of meditation is:
“How do I know if this (mediation) really works – for me?”
If this is an issue for you, you will learn ways to judge how well your mediation practice is working. After your initial oral instruction and one or more mini practice meditations, you will receive a two versions of Clayton Lee’s Meditation Instruction. You will be handed a paper version during your instruction. Another version can be emailed to you. The email version is in PDF format and enable you to use the many live links embedded in the Instruction.
In subsequent sessions you will practice meditations ranging from 2 to 15 minutes. Immediately following these ‘practice’ mediations, you are encouraged to ask questions as well as share how you are experiencing the meditation. This ongoing meditation counseling will ensure you are now and will continue receiving all the benefits of this mediation practice which will then be available to you for the rest of your life.
Meditation Instruction is offered to all Clayton Lee Counseling Services clients, and taught to those seeking only to learn how to meditate effectively. This mediation becomes a primary tool allowing individuals to quickly reduce stress, elevate mood, improve mental clarity, boost creativity, connect with God, grow their self love, develop increased intuition, and to receive and give deep compassion and love.
Although longer (12 – 20 minutes) meditation sessions are encouraged, brief meditations allow as short as 1 – 5 minutes can produce immediate, positive changes in mood, thoughts, feelings, intellectual and physical performance.
Learning this powerful, effective meditation will benefit you in many ways:
Brings natural calmness into your daily life
Increases your drive and motivation
Enhances and deepens your spiritual life
Increases your mental & physical energy
Helps you with alcohol or drugs problems
Improves your relationships
Helps you reach and maintain sobriety
Teaches you to effectively and consistently work the 11th Step
“Sought through prayer and meditation to increase our conscious contact with God…”
Greatly reduces your stress levels
Enhances and increases your ability to focus on tasks, and complete projects
Reduces pain levels
Increases your ability to relax and enjoy your life
Helps you overcome and eliminate procrastination
Lowers your (often hidden or subconscious) resistance to making positive life changes
This Meditation Training Instruction can be taught to individuals, couples, families, small groups (5 – 8). The Initial Training Session is 90 – 120 minutes. Clayton’s thorough, easy to understand Meditation Instruction Manual also shows how to enhance and deepen your meditations. Advanced meditation uses explained for increasing your natural intuition. Coaching, discussion and Q&A.
How Meditation May Help Against Alzheimer’s alzinfo.org
Meditation is commonly used to reduce stress and provide a sense of well-being. Now researchers are finding that meditation may be indirectly useful against Alzheimer’s disease as well. Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, found that teaching people to do meditation reduced stress among those who cared for someone with Alzheimer’s. Meditation also made seniors feel less lonely and isolated, which has been linked to an increased risk of developing the disease.
In one study, UCLA researchers followed-up on earlier findings showing that meditation eased stress levels in those who cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, and looked for physical changes indicating improved health.
“We know that chronic stress places caregivers at a higher risk for developing depression,” said Dr. Helen Lavretsky, senior author and a professor of psychiatry at UCLA. “On average, the incidence and prevalence of clinical depression in family dementia caregivers approaches 50 percent. Caregivers are also twice as likely to report high levels of emotional distress,” and many are at increased risk of heart disease and other life-threatening ailments.
She and her team recruited 45 men and women who were caring for a family member with dementia. The caregivers were divided into two groups. One group was taught a brief, 12-minute yoga practice called Kirtan Kriya that included an ancient chanting meditation, which was performed every day at the same time for eight weeks. The other group was asked to relax in a quiet place with their eyes closed while listening to music on a relaxation CD, also for 12 minutes daily for eight weeks. Blood samples were taken at the beginning of the study and again at the end of the study.
After eight weeks of daily chanting, the meditation group showed clear reductions in levels of various proteins linked to inflammation. Increasingly, inflammation is recognized as a contributor to the development of heart disease and other chronic illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease.
“This is encouraging news,” Dr. Lavretsky said. “Caregivers often don’t have the time, energy or contacts that could bring them a little relief from the stress of taking care of a loved one with dementia, so practicing a brief form of yogic meditation, which is easy to learn, is a useful tool.” The findings were published online in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.
For the second study, which appeared in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, researchers looked at 40 older adults ranging in age from 55 to 85. Half were taught mindfulness meditation, a type of Buddhist meditation that promotes being mindful of the present moment and letting go off worries relating to the past or future. The meditators attended weekly two-hour meetings in which they learned the techniques of mindfulness, including awareness and breathing techniques. They also practiced mindfulness meditation for 30 minutes each day at home and attended a single, daylong retreat. The other half did not meditate. The researchers found that practicing mindfulness meditation reduced feelings of loneliness in seniors. Many elderly people are prone to loneliness, which has been linked to poor health and an increased risk of heart disease, depression and Alzheimer’s.Meditation also reduced levels of inflammatory proteins. “Our work presents the first evidence showing that a psychological intervention that decreases loneliness also reduces” markers for inflammation, said Dr. Steve Cole, professor of medicine at UCLA. “If this is borne out by further research, mindfulness- based stress reduction could be a valuable tool to improve the quality of life for many elderly people,” including those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.The results “add to a growing body of research that is showing the positive benefits of a variety of meditative techniques, including tai chi and yoga,” said Dr. Michael Irwin, a study author and professor of psychiatry at UCLA. “These studies begin to move us beyond simply connecting the mind and genome, and identify simple practices that an individual can harness to improve human health.”
By ALZinfo.org, The Alzheimer’s Information Site. Reviewed by William J. Netzer, Ph.D., Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s
Research Foundation at The Rockefeller University.
Source: UCLA. Black DS, Cole SW, Irwin MR, et al: Yogic meditation reverses NF-kappaB and IRF-related transcriptome dynamics in leukocytes of family dementia caregivers in a randomized controlled trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology. July 13, 2012. Creswell JD, Irwin MR, Burklund LJ, et al: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training reduces loneliness and pro- inflammatory gene expression in older adults: A small randomized controlled trial. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, July 20, 2012.
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