There is a burgeoning body of research, as well, that shows that self-care of the spirit – meditation – can have a wide range of profound therapeutic effects. Meditation has nothing to do with religion, spiritual dogma, or otherworldly phenomena. Meditation is a set of skills for becoming intimate with your own consciousness, your own heart. You might as well, since it is with you 24/7!
Interested in in training in the art of meditation? I was a Buddhist monk for over 10 years in Burma, and I also have training in the Japanese Zen and Tibetan Vajrayana traditions, and am happy to share what I learned from that experience.
You will become good friends with walking meditation and activity meditation, as contemplative practice does not just mean sitting. You will learn the applied psychology of meditation, because understanding what you are doing and why you are doing it makes contemplative practice a joy and an exploration instead of a chore or spiritual obligation.
– Non-sectarian. Nothing taught should conflict with your religious affiliation
– Please dress reasonably – loose & comfortable, not revealing
– Bring your own meditation cushion, or a limited number may be available for use
Currently, I am leading two meditation groups. Please join these Meetup groups to keep abreast of our activities:
Laith Naayem L.Ac., MSOM
New Windsor, NY
Glen Rock, NJ
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Over the past two decades, there has been a growing interest in the use of meditation to improve cognitive performance, emotional balance, and well-being. As a consequence, research into the psychological effects and neural mechanisms of meditation has been accumulating. Whether and how meditation affects decision making is not yet clear. Here, we review evidence from behavioral and neuroimaging studies and summarize the effects of meditation on social and non-social economic decision making. Read more...read more
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