BEGINNER’S MEDITATION • SATURDAY MORNINGS, 9:30 – 10:30am

Saturday mornings, May 3 & 10, 2014 Register

BEGINNER’S MEDITATION: The Basics for Getting Started

Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev), AMI Founder

LEVEL I:  Have you ever thought about trying meditation, but didn’t know how to get started?  In AMI’s two-session course, you’ll receive step-by-step guidance on how to start—and stick with—a daily meditation practice.  It’s easy to learn the basics:  how to deal with distractions, reduce stress, enhance your body’s immune system and become more focused, creative and content.  This class includes a FREE “guided meditation” CD.

What is Meditation? In meditation you are fully alert, but the mind is relaxed and allowed to let go of its tendencies to think, analyze, remember, solve problems and focus on events of the past or expectations for the future. Meditation helps the mind to slow down its rapid series of thoughts and feelings that often lead to stress and dis-ease, and to replace that mental activity with a quiet, effortless, one-pointed focus of attention and awareness. Thus, meditation is not thinking about problems or analyzing a situation.  Meditation is not having an internal conversation or argument with yourself. It is an inner attention that is concentrated, yet relaxed. It does not conflict with any religious tradition.

Why Should I Meditate? According to ABC World News Tonight, meditation is used today by many Americans including the U.S. Marines and students in classrooms all over the country.  In 2011, 10% of U.S. adults (over 20 million) practiced meditation and 3 million patients, on the recommendation of their physicians, established their own meditation practice.

•  Meditation can make you healthier.  Daily meditation is an essential ingredient in your own personal “self-care health program.”  Scientific studies at the Mayo Clinic show that “meditating slows breathing rate, heart rate, lowers blood pressure and aids in the treatment of anxiety, depression and a range of other ailments.”

•  Meditation calms the mind.  The mind and body are inter-connected.  When the mind is calm, the body becomes stronger, more flexible, and less inflamed.  When the mind and body are calm and relaxed, dis-ease from a previously agitated system (that may have intensified issues such as high blood pressure, headaches, back pain, insomnia, digestive problems or PMS) is lessened, and you feel better.

•  Meditation can improve all relationships.  By offering you tools to deal with stressful thoughts, meditation helps you remain calm, compassionate and skillful with others and to be more loving toward yourself.

•  Meditation makes you smarter.  A 2005 Harvard Medical School study showed that meditation increased thickness in the regions of the brain associated with attention, sensory awareness and emotional processing.

•  Meditation makes you more creative.  By resting the mind from its habit of thinking, planning, judging and worrying, you create more space for new ideas to arise and to be noticed. Meditation also lowers resistance you may have to new concepts and ways of thinking.

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Meditating in a Chair

AMI teaches you to meditate in a straight-back chair.
For proper posture, the head, neck and trunk should be comfortably erect (no slouching).
For best back comfort, your buttocks should be slightly higher than your knees.