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Yes, You CAN Learn to Meditate! August 19, 2010

Posted by franciecooper in life coaching, life lessons, Uncategorized.
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Over the years, many clients, friends and family have proclaimed some version of, “I really want to meditate, BUT…” and it’s usually followed by “… I don’t know how,” or, “…I can’t sit still that long,” or, “…I fall asleep.” This week I propose you put your “buts” aside, and in the spirit of learning how, join me in Deepak Chopra’s 21-day Meditation Challenge.

The program began August 12, but it’s easy to catch up as they have links to previous days. When you register, the Chopra Center will send you a daily email with the guided meditation, the message for the day and useful meditation tips. Best of all, it’s FREE!

All day long our minds spin stories about work, health, finances, family, that funny look our friend gave us. Often we’re not even conscious of this internal soundtrack, yet it’s one of our greatest sources of stress. Although the mind is capable of creating more life-affirming stories, it has a tendency to get stuck in a conditioned pattern of thinking, returning again and again to thoughts of anxiety, depression and limitation.

Meditation is one of the best tools we have to go beyond the mind’s noisy chatter, and experience the peace of present-moment awareness. Numerous scientific studies have found that a regular meditation practice produces tangible benefits for mental and physical health, including:

Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
Slower heart rate
Lower cholesterol levels
Reduced production of “stress hormones,” including cortisol and adrenaline
More efficient oxygen use by the body
Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
Improved immune function and more restful sleep

Please give this 21-day gift to yourself, and let me know how it changes your life



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