Q. "How can I be more present and pay better attention?" ~
Stacy Kamala Waltman: "You can learn to be more present with better attention to details by practicing a little meditate every single day. Through meditation you will learn to practice a set of skills which focuses your attention on one point and trains you to be fully present in the moment. Studies show that brain size and intellectual capacity increase as a direct result of a daily meditation practice."
Q. "What can I expect if I meditate daily?" ~
Stacy Kamala Waltman : "A little bit of meditation every day strengthens your mind, increases the attention span, lowers blood pressure, focuses thought, balances the emotions and generally gives a daily scrubbing to the mind. Repeating a mantra is like bathing in a sound bath. Sonic cleaning is the most efficient of all cleaning techniques and, in meditation, this is how you are cleaning your mind, with sound. If you want to learn to be in control of your thoughts rather than your thoughts controlling you, learn to meditate by first concentrating the mind with the sound of your mantra."
Q. "How do I quit the ego?" ~
Stacy Kamala Waltman: "We don't want to quit the ego. We just want to make sure the ego is not in charge. This takes some training. You can gain mastery in this by learning daily meditation. I teach a Customized Meditation Coaching program that is phenomenal, gentle and supportive. You will receive great benefit from learning these techniques."
Q. "How can I learn how to love and not abuse myself?" ~
Stacy Kamala Waltman: "You have learned to abuse yourself and you can learn to love yourself. Each habit takes repetition and reinforcement. Decide to do it differently than you have done it before. Practice your new skills. Be sweet to yourself when you don't do it perfectly. Take my 'Learning to Love Yourself' Program. Learn to meditate. Give up your ideas of perfectionism and the stress it engenders. "
Q. "When meditating, why is it important for the spine to be straight? Can't I just lay down while I meditate?" ~
Stacy Kamala Waltman: "A straight yet comfortable spine allows the energy channels within the body to flow unconstricted. Additionally, it is often difficult to not fall asleep when we are laying down. "
Q. "Why do so many of us try to over-control things, people, experiences, etc.?" ~
Stacy Kamala Waltman : "Our ego loves to categorize, compartmentalize and remain in either/or thinking. These behaviors give us a false sense of control and security. With training though, we can get past these ideas of excessive effort and begin to learn to 'lean into' the Divine. However, in my experience, this takes vigilance and constant awareness as there is almost a magnetic charge pulling us into contracted rather than expanded thinking. This is one of the reasons I am such a big advocate of Meditation. We learn to deactivate this habitual thinking through daily meditation."
Q. "Can you please list some links regarding people who meditate and credible sources as references?" ~
Stacy Kamala Waltman : "As requested, here are some useful links."
- ABC News article on Doctor's prescribing meditation as alternative to conventional medicine:
- The brains of Buddhist monks are scanned and show amazing results:
- Harvard Science article on meditation increasing brain size: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2006/02/meditation-found-to-increase-brain-size/
- Huffington post article on meditation giving kids an academic edge: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanne-ball/meditation-students_b_852352.html?ref=fb&src=sp
- Mayo Clinic on meditation for stress reduction: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070
- Psychology Today on the benefits of meditation: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200304/the-benefits-meditation
- Actress is lead to meditation through her divorce: http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/actress-shannon-elizabeth-finds-solace-in-meditation_1217233
- NY Times article about meditation preventing depression: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/03/health/research/03regimens.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y
- Care2 Article on developing your mental capacity so that your mind doesn't run you: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/your-mind-is-a-great-thing-to-lose.html
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