Have you ever felt unfocused, scattered, and riddled by stress or anxiety? There are many fruitless (and expensive) “cures” for such woes. But did you know that the practice of meditation may help a woman re-focus her mind and increase her awareness of the beauty both around and within her? Does this sound desirable to you? If so, it may be because, as Dr. Susan Taylor puts it, “feeling good matters.”

Dr. Susan Taylor, founder of the Center for Meditation Science, recently spoke to PlumbTalk Women, shedding light on the topic of meditation. Dr. Taylor is the author of The Vital Energy Program as well as a teaching her nationally acclaimed program, The Healing Power of Meditation. She is a teacher of meditation and its practices and is considered by many to be an authority on the subject. PTW was excited to talk with Dr. Taylor and ask her the important question, “What exactly is meditation?”

Meditation – “The Space Between Thoughts”

According to Dr. Taylor, meditation is simply “the silent space between thoughts.” She explained that common, everyday thoughts keep a person in a “busy” state of mind. Because there is so much to think about and process throughout the day, getting “caught up in allurement of our senses” is an easy temptation. However, when a woman deliberately trains herself to chart the journey within herself, she can find relief from stress, anxiety, and more.

Meditation is an often-misunderstood topic. Most women assume that meditation is a stress-reliever, but this is actually not the case. Dr. Taylor told PlumbTalk Women that, “The process of meditation doesn’t decrease stress.” Meditation actually causes a “re-wiring of your brain where you’re not as reactive to seeing a perceived stress. You will have less triggers of feeling threatened.” This indicates that meditation actually changes the way the brain perceives stress and anxiety.

The New York Times agrees that meditation can change the way your brain responds to a stress stimulus. In fact, a recent study suggests that practicing 30 minutes of meditation each day for 8 weeks causes “measurable changes in grey matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.” Dr. Taylor says that just 5 minutes a day will have significant benefits.

Types of Meditation

Just as there are different types of yoga, there are also different types of meditation. For example, a few types are Zen meditation, mindfulness meditation, and focused awareness meditation. Regardless of the form, the result is the same: to increase your awareness of self, your surroundings and to promote mindfulness.

How does Meditation Work?

Meditation works by giving someone access to their thought patterns, emotions and through its preliminary practice links the mind with his or her body via breathing. Learning the practice of meditation will inevitably require that an individual learn to breathe correctly (from the diaphragm). This is extremely beneficial for women because, according to Dr. Susan Taylor, “Learning how to breathe [properly] can decrease stress by 80 percent.” IT puts you in complete charge of your health.

Ways to Get Started Meditating

There are 3 different suggestions as to how you can begin your meditation journey:

  1. Locate a teacher you feel comfortable with. Dr. Taylor suggests avoiding the hype that comes with teachers who claim to be “masters” or who attempt to sell you mantras. You may recognize these individuals and groups because they often guarantee you will transform after adopting their unique form of mediation. However, creating transformation is a personal journey and one size cannot fit all.
  2. Go on a meditation retreat or attend a meditation class.
  3. Find a meditation CD series that you can follow.

Resources for Meditation

Dr. Taylor encourages PTW readers to be proactive and independent in their search for meditation resources. She stresses the importance of pursuing resources that feel right to you as an individual. To get started, consider visiting the following websites for more information about meditation:

Women today deal with unprecedented amounts of pressure. Juggling housework, career, relationships, and a laundry list of activities is not easy. Taking personal time for you may not be on the schedule. However, without observing the necessity of personal equilibrium, it’s easy to become worn down. If you are experiencing negative thoughts and low self-esteem it may be because you’re in need of a re-balancing. This can cause a myriad of emotional, mental, and social problems. Before you reach outward toward self-help books and answers from others, you may want to consider traveling inward by learning the process of meditation. As Dr. Taylor states, “You are your own greatest teacher”. Tap into the infinite library of knowledge within yourself and use it. Meditation will give you access.

Do you have a question about meditation for Dr. Susan Taylor? Send her a personal message by visiting http://www.drsusantaylor.com/contact.

Sources:

Contact. (2012). Retrieved August 23, 2012, from http://www.drsusantaylor.com/contact.

Dr. Susan Taylor’s Blog. (2012). Retrieved August 23, 2012, from http://www.drsusantaylor.com/blog.

About Dr. Susan Taylor. (2012). Retrieved August 23, 2012, from http://www.drsusantaylor.com/about.

Bhanoo, S. (2011). How Meditation May Change the Brain. Retrieved August 23, 2012, from http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/how-meditation-may-change-the-brain/.

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