Modern Meditation FAQs

Modern Meditation FAQ’s

Modern meditation is an ideal approach for folks who want a simplified, effective practice that fits their busy lives.

Here’s the scoop about meditation:

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a name given to the many techniques that turn your attention inward. There are many types of meditation – each one asks us to engage or focus our attention. You’ve probably heard of these: visualization, contemplation, walking, chanting, watching your breath, silent mantra meditation and mindfulness. There are many others.

Woman meditating in a field of daisies

Meditation is not about forcing our mind to be quiet; rather it’s a process to rediscover that quietness that is ever-present. Behind the mental chatter, there is silence, pure awareness, which is not disturbed by thoughts of the past or concerns about the future.

Meditation can be easy if you are taught correctly. It is not about stopping thought; that would be impossible.

Whichever type of meditation you choose, done correctly, it allows your body to reach a naturally occurring rest state. According to research, this rest is different from sleep. It is much deeper, and at the same time, you are more alert.

Why Meditate?

Many people meditate to experience inner peace and to find meaning and purpose in their lives. For a growing number of people modern meditation is used as a means of stress reduction.

Ask yourself the following:

  • Do you have a busy mind?

  • Are your thoughts based on old, habitual ways of thinking?

  • Do you have difficulty coping with the stress in your life?

  • Do you want to feel peaceful and calm?

  • Do you have health issues?

  • Do you just want to feel better?

  • Do you ever feel so lost in your thoughts that you are missing out on the present moment?

  • Do you struggle with cravings for drinking, eating, shopping or other things?

  • Do you want to be creative, less distracted and more focused?

  • Do you want to look and feel more vital?

If you answered yes to any of the above, modern meditation would be a great fit for you.

Meditation is recommended by almost every health professional because it provides a proven way to give your mind and body a rest and to reduce stress. The mind is a powerful tool that has a huge impact on the health of our bodies as well as the quality of our lives. The single most effective way to detoxify the body is to detoxify the mind.

Millions of people are now meditating and research has demonstrated the physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual benefits of meditation. In this fast-paced world where stress is the new “normal” people are becoming increasingly inspired to learn to meditate.

Man meditating in grass

Research has demonstrated the benefits of meditation in many areas:

  • Decreased blood pressure and hypertension

  • Lowered cholesterol levels

  • Reduced levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline

  • Improved immune function

  • Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA

  • Decreased anxiety, depression and insomnia

  • Enhanced concentration, memory and the ability to learn

  • Improved creativity and problem-solving skills

Perhaps the greatest gift of modern meditation is the sense of inner calm and peace it brings into your daily life.

Types of Meditation

Statue of gold frog meditating

Meditation is an “umbrella” term that encompasses thousands of techniques, and all of them were appropriate for someone, somewhere, at some time. There are many subtle differences in the rules each meditation tradition advocates, but these are just guidelines of what worked in a given situation. They are not carved in stone.

Meditation techniques have been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation was originally practiced so one could deepen their understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. Though meditation may be spiritual for some, the practice is not necessarily religious in nature.

I was personally drawn to a modern meditation method that included a number of techniques that are based on ancient practices and current research but are not aligned with any particular spiritual or religious beliefs. Although I didn’t want the religious teachings that often accompany the practices, I still wanted it to address my body, mind, heart, soul and spirit.

I became Certified as a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher in 2014 and have been teaching the SEED (Simple, Easy, Everyday, Meditation) method ever since.

The SEED Meditation method enables people to reduce the effects of stress in the nervous system, calm the mind, become more aware of the present moment and develop deeper connections. It provides a foundation from which a person can add other practices based on what’s needed in their life.

This powerful practice is simple and can be learned in as little as three hours. It’s suitable for anyone- whether you are a beginner or want to get back on track with meditation.

Anyone can learn to meditate. If you have a thought, you can do it and you don’t have to change a thing- not your diet, your religion or beliefs- nothing.

How to Meditate

I’ve created “A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation” that you can download and refer to for the basics of starting a simple 5-minute meditation practice. In the guide, I give you a link to a recording to listen to as well as access to my favorite meditation app which has literally thousands of guided meditations for free.

I also offer private meditation coaching to help you set up a personalized practice that is aligned with your intentions for meditation and unique needs.