Advice from Landon Hall of Open Door
SOMETHING’S GOT TO HELP & MEDITATION CAN.
The word is out: Meditation is good for you – for your heart, for your relationships, better sleep, better eating habits, and more. Name an area in your life where you’d like to experience greater health and well-being, and you’ll probably find some evidence saying that meditation can help. While this kind of hype inflates expectations, it’s kind of like the old joke:
Worried that their son was too optimistic, the parents of a little boy took him to a psychiatrist. In an attempt to dampen the boy’s spirits, the psychiatrist showed him into a room piled high with nothing but horse manure. Instead of displaying distaste, the little boy clambered to the top of the pile and began digging. “What are you doing?” the psychiatrist asked. “With all this manure,” the little boy replied, beaming, “there must be a pony in here somewhere.”
Kidding aside, while the benefits buzz may seem overheated, there is good science and anecdotal evidence behind it. Nevertheless, in our busy lives, carving out time to develop a meditation practice can be quite daunting. Creating new, sustainable habits of any kind is hard to do. What helps? The answers are different for everyone, but there are some universals when it comes to meditation: create a doable practice structure, practice with others, and mix in pleasure and fun to sweeten the task.
A new class beginning in the studio at the end of October, Cultivating Mindfulness Through Practice and Play, combines these elements. Structure and companionship: the group will meet on Mondays at 5:30-6:30 pm from October 30- November 20. Pleasure, accessibility, and fun: we’ll be using the meditation app 10% Happier, which offers excellent content delivered in short videos of some of the best meditation teachers working today. Check it out for yourself at 10percenthappier.com. Come join us to create a new habit of meditation practice in your life or to reinvigorate your practice that has waned.