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“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.”
– Pema Chodron
If you have a chronic illness, you’re may experience numerous physical and emotional consequences, from physical pain and discomfort to anxiety about your body and the future to a loss of confidence in yourself. Practicing meditation regularly can help alleviate physical symptoms as well as restore a sense of internal calm and peace regardless of what is happening.
Meditation teacher Mary Meckley explains how starting a very simple and short daily meditation practice can provide benefits such as better sleep, lower inflammation, responding better to stress, and increased self-confidence. Included is a simple meditation you can do anywhere, even in the midst of your day, to quickly and effectively calm down.
What Mary and I talk about
- What meditation is (and what it isn’t)
- Barriers people experience to meditating
- Dealing with the expectations and hopes of starting a meditation practice
- The improvements you start to notice when meditating regularly
- How meditation has helped Mary’s son with Celiac disease
- The positive impacts of meditation on the physical and emotional challenges of autoimmune disease
“Every time you sit down to meditate it’s a different experience, it’s a brand new journey, just like your everyday life. Meditation really mirrors your life.”
“Connect with others, and then connect with yourself. I think that is one of the keys to happiness.”
Mary Meckley is a certified meditation coach who teaches people how to meditate, reduce stress, and sleep better through her online training programs at www.SipandOm.com, and her popular daily podcast, The Daily Meditation Podcast, where she reaches thousands of people each day.
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