Meditation is a term used to describe a wide variety of practices and ideologies. Three practices are taught at Insight Natural Medicine and often they are taught together.
In our society today we are bombarded with millions of stimuli every second. Concentration practices are designed to help a person focus and become aware of things as they truly are. It is the first step in teaching mindfulness practice as it first allows one to open his or her mind. Seemingly contradictory, concentration allows a person to look out in all directions by first being able to stand in one place. It is not narrowing one's mind to a single point, but rather reaching a vantage point or focusing a lens from which everything can be seen clearly.
Ki Breathing (similar to Qigong) is a group of exercises to help move the body's energy in a smooth and efficient manner. Taking fresh air and turning it into Ki that the body can utilize to maintain it's vitality. There is much overlap in concentration exercises, and often Ki breathing exercises are done as tools in concentration practice. In addition, only when Ki breathing is done with mindfulness will the true fruits of these efforts be born.
Mindfulness is a way of life more than it is a specific meditation practice. Mindfulness practices are designed to help a person be truly aware and awake in this world. To have an open mind and clear presence as they walk through this world, mindfulness meditation is done to broaden one's view of the world with compassion and empathy.
Meditation classes are coming soon!