Mindfulness for Stress Reduction Workshop
ABOUT THE METTA MEDITATION:
MINDFULNESS FOR STRESS REDUCTION WORKSHOP
Powerful Meditation for Cultivating Positive Feelings and Optimizing Well-Being
What is Metta Meditation
What are the benefits of Metta Meditation
How to do Metta Meditation properly
Tips to navigate emotional bumps in the road
Metta Meditation has been the topic of much research and is often referred to as "Loving Kindness Meditation". Metta Meditation is considered by many to be one of the most transformative single meditation practices when done on a regular basis with proper instruction.
Erin will explain the history, philosophy and science of Metta Meditation in an engaging and light-hearted lecture presentation supported by a visual Keynote slide presentation. You will learn a sitting meditation practice to support your daily self-care routine.
Erin will also explain the science, philosophy and theory behind the compassion mantras which will be experienced.
Guided Metta Meditation
Healing Mantras and the power of sound
Erin will guide you through a Metta meditation which is simple enough for you to do at home.
Erin will also guide you thought an experience of healing mantra chanting as she accompanies on harmonium and her husband Dan provides rhythmic support on hand drums.
Metta Meditation utilizes four concepts that can help increase our well-being. In this practice we are getting in touch with the qualities of equanimity, loving kindness, compassion and joy which support the capacity for basic (and extraordinary) human kindness.
With consistency, repetition and gentle daily effort, this practice supports an increased sense of peace and well-being. As we learn to express kindness and compassion toward ourselves, through practices like Metta Meditation, our capacity to experience and share positive emotions increases. This improves our ability to navigate challenging situations with more peacefulness and balance.
In mindfully attending to our own well-being, we are better able to make a positive difference in our own lives and in the world.
THE SCIENCE OF
While Metta Meditation is a traditional Buddhist practice used to cultivate altruistic feelings, its effects transcend religion and spiritual beliefs.
The state of universal love which is cultivated in this practice brings us into a gamma brainwave state. This is the brain state associated with peak creativity and performance, mystical transcendence, unity consciousness and optimal well-being.
The unique effects of Metta meditation and other compassion meditation practices have been documented through brain scans of Buddhist monks who are able to achieve deep states of meditation.