Meditation

“To allow ourselves to be truly in touch with where we already are, no matter where that is, we have got to pause in our experience long enough to let the present moment sink in; long enough to actually feel the present moment, to see it in its fullness, to hold it in awareness and thereby come to know and understand it better … Mindfulness has to do above all with attention and awareness … Meditation is the process by which we go about deepening our attention and awareness, refining them, and putting them to greater practical use in our lives.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn

Utilizing approaches such as mindfulness meditation and Dzogchen awareness, I teach a variety of techniques to enter meditative states. Meditation is a powerful way to enhance relaxation and focus awareness, and has been found to assist individuals in being able to respond more effectively rather than react impulsively when stressed, having more clarity of mind.

Perhaps even more importantly, it assists us to experience the essence of who we truly are, the one who is the thinker of the thoughts and the feeler of the emotions rather than the thoughts and feelings themselves. It enables us to step outside of what Eckhart Tolle calls the “pain body,” becoming less identified with the “stories” of our lives and thus to create life anew. It heightens our capacity to live in the “now,” with greater compassion for ourselves and others.

For thirty years, I find meditation to be invaluable in therapy sessions as well as in my personal life. Meditative states facilitate deeper and faster transformation when utilized in psychotherapy; in addition, see Meditation Circle if interested in experiencing how meditation in a group setting can further enhance time spent in the field of meditative awareness.