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The Miracle of Meditation

HEALTH TIPS: By Dr. Kathleen Boisen

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Once upon a time,60’s or so, Meditation had a reputation to be for hippies or people with an East Indian Guru. Now it is a household concept, even mentioned in Children’s movies. Yes, Meditation is a magical, ancient skill and has been with us for thousands of years.

Would it surprise you to know that today Meditation is even integrated into modern medicine and positive psychology. It is reccommended by psychiatrists and therapist.

It is called “comtemplative neuroscience”.

In many ways the meditative or relaxed trance state or time in prayer were our first therapies, even used to help physical ailments. Before hospitals, ambulances and 911, if you needed assistance there might have been a healer or shaman who utilized this skill to help people through emotional or physical difficulties.

People sometimes ask me, what is the difference between Meditation and Hypnotherapy? A simple answer is….the intention. Both have benefits for mind, body and spirit.

If you look around Santa Barbara, you will find many places to learn to meditate or practice meditation with others. This is a wonderful thing. We all need more time to settle our mind and the get out of that hampster wheel that just keeps on rolling.

If we traveled back in time, we would find that our ancestors had much more downtime than we do, hours every day. That is how we evolved and it is just not natural for us to not take at least 15 minutes a day to just let the mind settle.

Here are a few helpful tips. You might say I don’t have the time or quiet place to meditate, indeed that is not true. Allow me to introduce you to the Sanctuary of your Car, and the many, many places in Santa Barbara where you can have a blissful experience. Remove the need for a meditation hall, remove sitting on the floor on a cushion (very uncomfortable for most of us over 40 years old). Just park your car for ten minutes or so, on the way to work or on the way home. Your view is the exquisite ocean and Santa Barbara Islands, or you watch the sun go down beyond the harbor.

Put some gentle music in the car’s CD player, have a little water and breathe… Let the entire day just melt away, or in the morning make clear intentions that the day go smoothly and harmoniously. Turn your cell phone off, no one can interrupt you, this is your time to chill, there in the luxury of your own car, and a beautiful view.

Here’s an experiment. For one week make sure you have 10 to 15 minutes a day to just chill, meditate, vegetate, just be, relax by yourself in a quiet sanctuary (perhaps your car). At the end of the week evaluate your harmony status. I’m certain that there will have been some improvement and insight. Try it, you just might get hooked.

9 Responses to “The Miracle of Meditation”

  1. Anonymous

    Santa Barbara is hippie central. Just look at all the yoga places around twon.

  2. Anonymous

    Well thank goodness it’s not redneck central, and ducks have no dynasty here. Learn how to spell if you can tear yourself away from Fox News. Taht wya peopel can uneerdstadn yuo.

  3. anonymous

    Jeez. He wasn’t being mean. Stepping back for a minute before hitting send is just a tiny form of meditation.

  4. Mean and unserene

    Liberal buzz words guaranteed in this town to cause a Godwin’s froth: Duck Dynasty, Rednecks, Tea Party, Wendy McCaw, and Fox News.

    Discussion over.

    • Anonymous

      This is a liberal town, in a liberal state, in a liberal country. All of these buzzwords mentioned represent the worst in human behavior and attitude. Rather than help America get back on it’s feet after a drubbing by the Wall Street selfish crybaby crowd, these cretens can only block, resist, and foment hatred, which is what’s in their hearts. They have no plan except to reject any plan other than their non-plan. Total lack of creativity, sense, empathy or logic. Watching Ty Warner and Chris Christie skate away from their crimes against the American people fails to amaze me or anyone any longer. I wish the south and their redneck crowd would secede from the ‘union’, anytime they want to go they have a green light from me. Go back to the slave days, to the JIM CROW south of which they are so proud. These obstructionists have no place in a democratic society, their crude and belligerent ways have no place either. They rely on prayer and other fantasies to try to acheive something of value for America and fail because America wasn’t founded upon religious guilt, hatred or puritanical non-sense. It was the rejection of these ideas that led the Protestants to reject the sad attempt of the Orthodox Church to unify people under the religious banner and create a Constitution as a unifying principle in it’s place. To watch cretens in the Republican party attempt to hijack religion for political purposes makes me want to puke. Thanks to Ralph Reed and The Christian Coalition we are now subjected to daily doses of ignorance and religious fantasy, by uneducated cretens and cynical pols who resemble weathervanes and will say anything to anyone to get a vote. The punch lines and talking points of these ignoramuses have dragged our world class country into a gutter filled with detritus and trash. And I’m calling the right on it here and now. Get out of the US if you don’t like government by the people. You claim Jesus as your Lord and Savior but do nothing to emulate His teachings. You use the scripture as an excuse to get away with screwing people over and getting ahead. Fundamentalist fanatics rule your churches and religious life. So yes, rednecks, dynasty, tea party, McCaw and Faux News do send me into orbit. I believed in the promise of America and it’s been hijacked by simple minded short term thinking cretens with big mouths. Now it’s the liberals turn to put the screws to the opposition. Deal with it.

      • Fer Godwin's Sake

        How is all that trillion dollar debt working out for you, Anonymous? With all due respect, you are giving liberals a bad name.

    • Anonymous

      This is a liberal town, in a liberal state, in a liberal country. All of these buzzwords mentioned represent the worst in human behavior and attitude. Rather than help America get back on it’s feet after a drubbing by the Wall Street selfish crybaby crowd, these cretens can only block, resist, and foment hatred, which is what’s in their hearts. They have no plan except to reject any plan other than their non-plan. Total lack of creativity, sense, empathy or logic.

      Watching Ty Warner and Chris Christie skate away from their crimes against the American people fails to amaze me or anyone any longer. I wish the south and their redneck crowd would secede from the ‘union’, anytime they want to go they have a green light from me. Go back to the slave days, to the JIM CROW south of which they are so proud. These obstructionists have no place in a democratic society, their crude and belligerent ways have no place either.

      They rely on prayer and other fantasies to try to acheive something of value for America and fail because America wasn’t founded upon religious guilt, hatred or puritanical non-sense. It was the rejection of these ideas that led the Protestants to reject the sad attempt of the Orthodox Church to unify people under the religious banner and create a Constitution as a unifying principle in it’s place. Thanks to Ralph Reed and The Christian Coalition we are now subjected to daily doses of ignorance and religious fantasy, by uneducated cretens and cynical pols who resemble weathervanes and will say anything to anyone to get a vote. The punch lines and talking points of these ignoramuses have dragged our world class country into a gutter filled with detritus and trash.

      And I’m calling the right on it here and now. Get out of the US if you don’t like government by the people. You claim Jesus as your Lord and Savior but do nothing to emulate His teachings. You use the scripture as an excuse to get away with screwing people over and getting ahead. Fundamentalist fanatics rule your churches and religious life. So yes, rednecks, dynasty, tea party, McCaw and Faux News do send me into orbit. I believed in the promise of America and it’s been hijacked by simple minded short term thinking cretens with big mouths. Now it’s the liberals turn to put the screws to the opposition. Deal with it. I’m no Obama fan but watching him pimp the repubs is satisfying in it’s own right. Go buy a gun instead of healthcare. Go to Church instead of treating fellow humans like humans. Go to hell. Do not pass go do not collect 200 bucks or any bucks. Just get going.

      • Weatherman Report

        OMG, Son of Ed has escaped. Batten the hatches, stormy season ahead.