HEALTH TIPS: By Dr. Kathleen Boisen
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.