Now you can practice meditation every Wednesday at 12:30 PM EST with Werner Online. Start a regular mindfulness meditation practice while Werner leads you through a 17-minute Mindfulness Meditation session. Mindfulness meditation practice focuses on the powerful ways in which you can participate in your own health and healing. By learning to quiet your mind and let go of discursive thinking, you can open the door to a healthier, happier life.
Thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes can influence and affect every aspect of biological functioning, and how you care for your body can affect how you think and feel and what you believe.
Mind body medicine gives you many opportunities and can do many things to take control of your own health. You can use mind body medicine practices, some ancient and some recent to shape your own health and overall well-being.
For example, Tang et al. (2010) have shown that IBMT (integrative body–mind training, IBMT), increases anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) activity and improves self-regulation. Tang et al. (2010) go on to say that deficits in activation of the anterior cingulate cortex have been associated with many disorders. For further reading see Fernandez-Duque & Black, 2006; Hong et al., 2009; Posner, 2007; Posner, Rothbart, Sheese, & Tang, 2007 and Segal et al., 2010.
The ability to increase cingulate cortex connectivity through mindfulness meditation practice could provide a means for improving self-regulation and your own health. Greeson (2009) writes that greater mindfulness meditation practice can reduce stress, stress-related medical symptoms, increase positive emotions and increase quality of life. Greeson (2009) goes on to say “studies are beginning to show a relationship between (a) how much people practice meditation, (b) how much more mindful they become, and (c) the positive effects they experience in terms of mental and physical health” (p.10).
In this class, you will engage in mindfulness meditation practice, a mind body medicine modality . Werner will guide you through the mindfulness meditation practice giving you an experiential learning experience.
Through the mastery of mind body techniques, you might experience deeper relaxation, fewer physical symptoms of illness, less pain, less fatigue and more energy, as well as enhanced immune system functioning (Tang et al., 2010). In other words, mindfulness allows you to play an active role in your own health and wellness. You probably will be able to more successfully deal with pain, chronic illness, stress, and anxiety, as well. Over time, you may experience greater self-awareness and more positive perceptions about your life.
To learn how to take control of your own health and wellness through mindfulness meditation practice, register for Werner’s 17-Minute Midweek Meditation now! Its FREE and happening online in Werner’s Learn It Life Classroom.
This class is aimed at beginners and novices to meditation, as well as participants suffering from chronic health conditions and cancer.
See you Wednesday,
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Greeson, J. M. (2009). Mindfulness Research Update: 2008. Complementary Health Practice Review, 14(1), 10–18. doi:10.1177/1533210108329862
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