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Meditation

Meditation is the art of becoming aware, aware of what is going on inside you and around you. Meditation is a practice of opening to what arises in us, balancing what is reactive, and exploring and investigating ones mind and emotions. It is simply, the attention to what is arising in each moment, without judgment, evaluation or interpretation. It is becoming aware of the breath, sensations, sounds, thoughts, images, emotions and mind states. It is the practice of becoming aware of and noting the various intentions of the mind. Meditation is the process of seeing clearly our bodies, our hearts, our minds, and the world around us. By focusing one’s attention on one’s experience in the present moment, we can learn to experience the nature and process of thoughts and emotions, rather than being identified with their contents. Through the practice of mindfulness and compassion we can develop a more accepting relationship with others and ourselves.

We integrate mindfulness and other contemplative practices in our individual therapy; as well as teach meditation in session if requested. We also lead group meditation classes and workshops, at our center, and throughout the community. The ability to learn to work more effectively with our thoughts and emotions through meditation can provide for deeper and more sustainable integration of psychotherapy.