Why We Meditate

Meditation is a hard one to hack. By now, we know that it’s suppose to be good for all kinds of things. There is a lot of research on its effect on the plasticity of the brain (i.e. great for focus, creativity, high performance, breaking habits), regulating the nervous system (i.e. stress, anxiety), various health and mental issues, and great for longevity. 
 
But it’s just really hard to do. 
 
I’ve been trying for a decade to maintain a consistent practice, so I know about the challenges we face in trying to master the art of this good-for-everything technique. So if you haven’t invested lots of time and money to this, the chances are you are thinking, “I should… but where do I start?” or “how can I keep it up?”. Because like all good things in life, you have to be consistent and put some work into it before you get to the true joy and deep sense of stillness that meditation promises to impart. 
 
For me, understanding why meditation does all those amazing things actually helped me to meditate. It took me a while to understand the actual connection between the mind and body, and once I did, mediation became a way for my conscious mind to have a conversation with my subconscious, which includes the body. 
 
Most of us walk around in our heads all day, and this is evident in the way our bodies signals to us with pain or disease, in how we avoid emotions through substance, distractions, etc., and evident in the way we have such a hard time turning off the noises in our head. 
 
The automatic voices or noise in our minds need to be really heard, and reframed. They need clear intention to direct their attention toward a specific task. This is what meditation is all about. It’s about sitting for a period of time and practicing how to direct attention and gain awareness to different aspects of ourselves. 
 
Once you’ve trained this attention enough, you have unlimited power to explore your deeper potentials, reframe negative emotions and beliefs, change habits, and direct flow of energy, and all sorts of fun and interesting things. Meditation is about this exploration of your psyche and body, in a way that makes you feel more deeply connected to your true values, joy, and peace.  
 
I like to work with directing attention to body sensations, because this is a valuable place of our intuition, creativity, and energy. If you let the incessant and automatic thoughts rule you, then there is often exhaustion, stagnation, stress and feeling overwhelmed. 
 
Taking the time to observe these things is what we will be doing together each week. I found that when you mediate together, you get a chance to glimpse other people’s experiences, which helps you validate and inform your own practice. 
 
These meetings can: 
 
I also love learning and talking about the structures of subconscious, conscious, and supra conscious mind; the connection between mind-body-spirit; and why our mind does what it does. It’ll give us a chance to explore the ways in which our mind works. 
 
Come join us Wed and/or Friday for mediation practice. This practice is special in that it will take place in the beautiful cavernous Salt room, so while the salt detoxes our bodies (halo therapy), we will explore and train the mind to become a more powerful ally that’ll help us stay sharp and happy. 
*I am also offering a group energetic healing at the end.  
 
Space is limited so sign up today via MindBody (Esoterra @ Mindbody).
 
If you have questions about the meditation meet up email: yoon@acusophy.com 
 
Dr. Yoon Lee, L.Ac., DAC
 
Time:
Wednesday & Friday
12:30 - 1 pm 
 
Place:
Esoterra
19 W. 45th St. Suite 501
New York, NY
 
Price: 
$50 - Meditation + Salt Room therapy
 
(*regular Salt Room therapy price is $45 for 30 mins. )
Author
Dr. Yoon Lee, DAc, LAc Dr. Yoon Lee is a New York state licensed Acupuncturist with a master’s degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a 4-year program. She also holds a doctoral degree from PCOM with a focus on integrative medicine. She has a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Arts degree from Cornell University in Asian literature. Her literary interests stemmed from wanting to understand the human condition. She is an avid reader and explorer of the human consciousness. For the past ten years, she focused her studies on psycho-sensory modalities to help people with stress, anxiety, trauma, and psycho-somatic disorders. Her speciality is Constitutional Assessment - this can be used to tailor acupuncture treatments, diet modifications, and lifestyle adjustments for overall well-being, high performance, and prevention.

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