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Science is now proving that mindfulness meditation and concentration are the way to a life of less stress.

Your mind is your instrument.  Learn to be its master and not its slave.

Make meditation a daily practice, and it will soon turn into a habit.

The primary internal factor of the path is appropriate attention (seeing life in the context of: will these present actions lead to my happiness or stress?)

The primary external factor of the path is having admirable friends. (people who are good examples through words and/or deeds)

Meditate daily...Practice Mindfulness... and soon your inner strength will grow.

You can’t control the outcome...but your actions in the present moment effect the future.

A beginner needs a quiet place to meditate to begin understanding the power of the mind.

Even masters had to take the first step and so can you.

Upward Spriral of Learning: Conviction-> Persistence-> Mindfulness-> Concentration-> Discernment-> Start again at Conviction…

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The Meditation Center

One Minute Introductory Videos

What is this meditation thing all about?
What can I expect from meditation?
What are the benefits of meditation?
How do I find the time to meditate?
How does effort relate to learning meditation?

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.

Is Meditation for You?

Motivation is key to beginning and continuing to learn the skill of meditation. For example, we all experience stressful conditions both at work and at home. Our minds respond differently to these conditions and depending on how trained our mind is, we respond either skillfully or unskillfully to the conditions we face each day and each moment.

If your view of life includes the following two factors:

  • Having admirable friends really matters
  • My intentions and actions matter and I view my actions from the perspective of... Will these present actions lead me to long-term happiness or stress?

Then meditation will likely enhance your efforts.  However, if you believe that everything in your life is already determined or that things just happen to you randomly, then chances are good that meditation will not work for you.

A properly trained meditator will continue to meditate because they know they have developed, and continue to develop skills that reduce stress and anxiety while also becoming better members of society. A trained mind that knows it center is in the best possible position to make decisions under stressful conditions. This is the goal of each trainee. The skill is not easy, but definitely progressive when there is proper motivation and good instruction.

It is important to consider that meditation is not itself religious as all the major religions in our society have a meditation component to them. Meditation is simply a skill that can be learned to strengthen the mind.

What is the science behind Meditation?

Dr. Judson Brewer, Yale Neuroscience Clinic - Part 1
Dr. Judson Brewer, Yale Neuroscience Clinic - Part 2