This meditative practice consists of anchoring attention in the present by focusing on the breath, an object, a quality, etc. During this practice, one passively observes thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and sensation – without judgment.
Meditation is the basis of many relaxation methods that have been approved by an independent NIH (National Institute of Health) panel, as useful for treating chronic pain and insomnia.
The regular practice of meditation has a number of positive results including increasing longevity and quality of life; reducing chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, cholesterol, health care use, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress syndrome. It may also elevate mood, increase mental efficiency, alertness, and self-awareness. Decreased stress can positively impact the immune system and may benefit fertility.
Join a Mindfulness Meditation group today. Individual and group sessions are available.
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Lynn Barrett Stone
Psychotherapist, MSW, LCSW
840 Beach Dr. NE, St Petersburg, Florida 33701