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Why consider meditation?
Participating in some form of meditation practice to calm a stressed and ruminating mind promotes overall health and well-being. And since meditation practices are so varied, anyone can reap the benefits. Meditation can be done alone or in a group setting, and practice can be self-led or teacher guided. There are hundreds of types of meditations to choose from, including practices that focus on mindfulness, compassion, healing grief, healing trauma, and restful sleep as well as traditional teachings from Hindu, Chinese, Buddhist, and Christian cultures.
How does meditation promote healing?
By relieving emotional and physical stress
By improving brain functioning
By reducing pain and anxiety
By strengthening the immune system
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
The MBSR program is an 8 week program offered in more than 200 medical centers around the world. MBSR was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and combines mindfulness (moment-to-moment living), education, meditation, yoga, and mindful breathing techniques in order to alleviate symptoms of stress such as headaches, anxiety, physical pain, high blood pressure, and insomnia. See also Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Kinetic sand is made of 98% sand and 2% polydimethylsiloxane. It looks and feels like wet sand. It sticks to itself, can be molded, and it does not dry out. Playing with kinetic sand can be used as a meditative form of relaxation. It helps to slow breathing, decrease stress, and rest the mind.