With the Fall season arriving, we look for better ways to manage our stress. Before learning Vedic Meditation, I did a number of things to help manage my stress--some healthier than others. One of my healthier pursuits was exercise. I train in a grappling sport called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a martial art developed by the Gracie family for self-defense. On the mat, I experienced my mind and body at the same place at the same time. Off the mat, I continued to struggle. My anxiety, depression and insomnia were ever present.
Although exercise might be a welcome diversion, a nice escape or distraction from the demands we face outside of the gym or yoga studio, a way to get out of our heads; the truth is that the legacy of stress we've accumulated in our physiology is still there. And depending on the type and intensity of exercise, we may be loading our bodies with even more stress through our sweaty endeavors. Vedic Meditation provides the mind and body with deep profound rest (exponentially deeper than the rest that can be obtained through sleep). By systematically exposing our mind and body to this deep rest, stress is naturally and efficiently released from our physiology.
Last week, Well + Good published a story, "5 things you need to know about vedic meditation", featuring myself and two of my students, Courtney Kollmer and Lauren Plate. Like me, before learning Vedic Meditation, Courtney and Lauren used exercise as their way to relieve stress. The three of us still work out regularly, but no longer have the desperate need to escape from our stress-filled lives, we do it simply because we enjoy it.
I want to share a personal story with you about my path of finding Vedic Meditation.
I had been battling anxiety, depression, and insomnia for most of my life. When I started my career as a corporate attorney at a large New York law firm, the burden became unbearable. That's when I found Vedic Meditation and it made the most immediate and profoundly positive impact on my physical, mental, and emotional health.
A few years later, I decided to do something that could help the people in my life -- and that’s why I became a teacher of Vedic Meditation.
For most of us, the holiday season is a joy-filled time of year, yet it can also be very challenging. We are faced with high levels of demands and expectations as the days continue to grow shorter and colder, our schedules fill up with holiday parties, even trips to visit family, or a vacation somewhere warm to escape the cold of winter. The choice is often to "power through" and we end up missing a very special time of year being over-stressed. Vedic Meditation gives us a way to find balance, inner peace and a profoundly deep level of rest that allows us to enjoy the holiday season and begin the new year grounded, with clarity and grace.
Many of us view the new year as a clean slate, a time to re-prioritize our choices and dedicate ourselves to improving our lives and our relationships with our best intentions at hand.
The challenge is not in the choosing itself--for the most part, we know what we should be doing. Spending time with family and friends, exercising regularly, eating healthy nutritious food, finding time to relax, being patient, kind and compassionate to others. The list goes on. The problem we face is that regardless of our intention, we are destined behave and act according to the baseline level of stress that we've accumulated in our minds and bodies...
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