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:
- serve as a weekly reminder to sit and direct attention, until it becomes easier for you to go at it alone.
- you can ask questions about your specific struggles and gain feedback
- get your weekly Salt Therapy and energetic healing
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).
Dr. Yoon Lee, L.Ac., DAC
Wednesday & Friday
12:30 - 1 pm
19 W. 45th St. Suite 501
New York, NY
$50 - Meditation + Salt Room therapy
(*regular Salt Room therapy price is $45 for 30 mins. )