Meditation began as a part of yoga practice about 5,000 years ago, and over these years has become a discipline of its own. It’s been gaining in popularity as more doctors have begun recommending it to their patients as a way to lower blood pressure, reduce stress in the mind and the body, and to improve feelings of well being. Those of us who have been meditating over the years are very familiar with its benefits. It also improves concentration, helps with sleep, and improves the immune system.
Learning how to meditate is not very difficult. The techniques are easy to understand and easy to practice. And yet, many people have trouble learning how to meditate correctly. I have talked to people over the years about meditation and I often hear, “Oh, I tried it, but I couldn’t do it.”
My education, training, and experience as a counselor focus not only on psychology but on effective communication and teaching, as well. I apply my knowledge of psychology to the teaching of meditation. My teaching method allows most of my students to begin and maintain a successful meditation experience.
Meditation is a wonderful way to begin your day, refresh yourself mid-day, or place yourself into a relaxed state just before bedtime.
“I signed up for Marty’s 4 week Meditation Class because my Primary Care Physician recommended meditation for my stress. There were 15 people in the class. Some knew how to meditate and others were new to meditation. Marty is very patient, very knowledgeable, and an excellent teacher.”
“I was referred to Marty by a friend. I was suffering from anxiety and not sleeping well. During each counseling session we talked, then did hypnosis. After the 3rd session he began teaching me how to do mindfulness meditation. I was surprised at how easy it was and how much better I was feeling. He cleared up a lot of misunderstandings I had about mindfulness and meditation. I now do a mindfulness meditation daily.”