Saturday, 11 April 2015

Experts say meditation can help manage everyday stress

 Sandiee Peters - Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer
From Herald-Mail Media
by Meg Partington 

“...I think they can do it wherever they are,” said Sandiee Peters, who teaches meditation at her home, the Holiday Inn, and for Berkeley County Schools’ Adult and Community Education Program, all in Martinsburg, W.Va. She said simple practices such as visualizing something relaxing, perhaps a tropical scene, or merely closing one’s eyes, even for a few moments, can help.

While those tips might sound simple, many people avoid meditation because they think it’s too difficult, Peters said.

“We want to make it too hard,” agreed Mary Ann Allan of Maugansville, who has been teaching meditation since 1985.

Allan said there’s a misconception that in order for meditation to be successful, a person’s mind must be completely blank.

“They have a feeling they have to think of nothing, and that’s impossible,” Allan said. “You don’t stop thinking, you don’t stop self-talking.”

What Allan does as a a “meditation mentor” is help people refocus their self-talk, to move their minds a bit.

Shutting down completely is a drastic concept to those living in the Western world, Allan said, where the reigning belief is that if a person is still, they’re idle, which is not acceptable. In the Eastern part of the world, on the other hand, people are taught from childhood how to quiet themselves, she said...."  Read it all

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