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Mindfulness Meditation to Reduce Anxiety During COVID-19

Mindfulness means intentionally bringing our awareness into the present moment, without judgment.

Meditation is the practice of using a technique to train our attention and awareness, intentionally. 

The ancient Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu said, “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

But if our present includes the uncertainty of a global pandemic, what should we do?

This is an unprecedented time. Our minds are occupied with a new “normal” and overwhelming input from outside sources.  On a daily basis we are scrambling to multitask like never before: coping with stay-at-home restrictions, discerning the best health information for self and family, conducting business through Zoom, guiding our children’s academics, dealing with economic loss.  Our melancholy increases when we reminisce about “how things used to be,” our anxiety skyrockets when considering the uncertainty of the future, and the present is too uncomfortable to accept.

Where can we possibly find peace?

Practicing mindfulness shifts our thinking to a more manageable mindset where accepting the present moment brings relief from stress.  Mindfulness teaches us how to stop resisting our current reality so our energy can be transformed into compassion, appreciation, balance and peace, right here, right now.  Yes, even in a global pandemic.

Bringing our awareness to the present moment takes practice and we invite you to meditate with us.                                                                              

Meditation is a technique for inner peace and wellness, a mental exercise that involves relaxation, focus, and mindfulness. “It has helped millions of people around the world. It has certainly helped me find inner calm and emotional balance to live a happier and healthier life.” (Guru Ranjit)

Guru Ranjit has been teaching mindfulness meditation for over 25 years.  He founded Charlotte Meditation in 2004 and Youth Meditation, a non-profit, in 2014. In addition to private clients, we have helped over 6,000 students and teachers in the Charlotte area discover peace and rebuild confidence.

https://www.charlottemeditation.com/programs/8-week-learn-to-meditate-program

We offer classes in Mindfulness Meditation, Meditation Therapy, Mantra Meditation, Meditation Teachers Training, Corporate Wellness, Laughter Yoga and Ayurveda food and nutrition programs. 

What Does Virtual Mindfulness Meditation Include?  We can help you build the following skills into your everyday activities.  With consistent practice in times of peace as well as in times of stress, you will discover that being present is the key to balanced, joyful living in spite of every uncertainty around you.

Mindful breathing:  Conscious and regulated breathing is a simple way of training your attention and awareness toward the present moment.

Positive attention and thinking:  Intentional cultivation of positive thoughts creates relaxation and inner peace. 

Loving-kindness meditation: Loving-kindness meditation seeks to grow kindness in how we feel about ourselves and others. Research has shown that a daily practice of loving-kindness meditation can reduce self-criticism, pain and grief, and can increase tolerance for annoying behaviors, foster social connectedness, and cultivate compassion for oneself and others.

Mindful mantra meditation:  A mantra is a sound or phrase that is meaningful to a person. Mantra meditation includes repeating this sound or phrase to help you calmly embrace the present moment.

To explore our additional relaxation programs, please check out our special programs here:

Laughter Yoga: Laugh for more Joyful Living!

Laughter Yoga lifts your spirits!

Your body cannot heal without play.

Your mind cannot heal without laughter.

Your soul cannot heal without joy. 

Laugh with us. 

Laughter is the best medicine for stress relief. 

https://www.charlottemeditation.com/programs/laughter-yoga

Corporate Wellness:  Mindfulness in the Workplace Program 

Charlotte Meditation’s Mindfulness seminars are 45 to 60-minute interactive workshops designed to educate your employees on the benefits of meditation and how to build a mindfulness practice for life. 

 https://www.charlottemeditation.com/programs/corporate-wellness

Sign up for a free session online today!

Meditation Therapy: A Life-Changing Combination

Meditation.  Therapy.  Two different words, two distinct experiences.  Or so I thought….

I have experienced a lot of great therapy off and on over the years.  My nagging feelings of dissatisfaction and annoyance with the world (in spite of many successes) are often what landed me in “the chair.” Of course, the issues went deeper.  We often ended up exploring (and re-exploring) my role as an Adult Child of Alcoholics (ACOAs, unite!) and all the over-achieving perfectionism and guilt that came along for the ride. I always felt better; I always made progress.

In 2008 those nagging feelings began to arise once again.  Now I was older, had achieved even MORE accolades and recognition, but the dissatisfaction and worthlessness were back.  WHY??

I decided to take a chance on mindfulness meditation lessons after reading about Charlotte Meditation in the Observer. “Find peace and happiness”?  Sure, why not?  I had always tried traditional therapy, now I figured I would go back to my bygone hippy-esque days and give meditation a shot.  But is this “therapy”??  Before 2008, I would have told you, “no.”  Now, looking back, I know differently.

Originally, I was dealing with anxiety, depression, trouble with sleeping, an eating disorder, looming alcohol habits and along the way came illness in the form of breast cancer, deep dissatisfaction with my marriage, and grief over the passing of a close friend.  I am still astonished that my desire to conquer mere dissatisfaction and annoyance with life through a practice of mindfulness meditation ended up being a lifeline to deal with more specific underlying and overwhelming issues. I now have gratitude for my cancer experience, I am happily married (to the same guy!), and my friend’s passing has inspired me to live more fully, more mindfully. Life events happen to all of us, but I have a way to deal with them, calmly and with ease.

What looms on my horizon? Finding my “second act” in my career, letting go of motherly anxiety as our 20-something daughter finds her path, and the realities of aging.  It gives me great confidence knowing that I have a practice in my pocket guiding me towards inner wisdom and peace. I can handle anything, big or small, through skills learned in meditation therapy!

Mindfulness Meditation as a therapeutic option simply works.  Learn more and sign up for a free intro session today!

~Kathy Babula~

 

 

 

Reduce Anxiety Through Meditation: A New Mother’s Perspective

Written by Megan Brevard

I found my way to meditation through a series of unfortunate events, and yes, I mean it. In 2012, I ended a toxic relationship and struggled to cope with what I knew was the best decision for my future but what felt like a failure. Enter my good friend Kathy, also a client of Charlotte Meditation, who recommended that I go see Guru Ranjit. Feeling like I was at a loss for what to do and wanting to take a healthy action, I made an appointment with Ranjit.

At the first session with Ranjit, I found myself retelling all the horrible stories of the failed relationship and my related fears. To this storm of worry and anxiety, Ranjit’s calming presence gave me comfort. He has a presence that suggests hope and positivity even when it feels impossible. Meditation and breathing made me aware of my thoughts and their powers. I began to feel like I could sense when I was having negative thoughts, and how to manage my response to them.  Emotions are a choice, your breath is the tool. These techniques have supported me through countless personal and professional stressors.

Now, seven years later, those same lessons of breath and meditation have continually come to my aid as a new mother. My new mama brain panics and shouts internally, “Help, my child is crying for no apparent reason! I’ve checked his diaper; feeding, rocking, and nothing is working, what do I do?”  My internal voice says, “Breathe.” (I  can hear Ranjit saying this with a smile.) My fears/anxiety for my baby awaken me at 3 a.m., my brain is in full “monkey mind” mode, full of racing thoughts and emotions. My internal voice says, “Breathe.” And as I focus on my breathing, feeling the air entering and leaving my body, I relax. I soften, knowing this is one way I can comfort myself and therefore improve my ability to comfort my child.

Surprisingly, this simple act of breathing slows down heart rate, lowers blood pressure and centers me in the moment. Does it completely change reality? No. However, it changes my response to it. Meditation gives me a space between my thoughts and emotions. I visualize my thoughts/emotions on the other side of a long hallway and the breathing helps me pause before responding. This ongoing lesson helps me be a healthier mother and wife, able to reduce my anxiety so I can pay attention to what truly is important.

Tantra Yoga: Relax Your Mind and Improve Your Love Life

Tantra – A loving and kind meditation

Love yoga, perhaps the most popular and yet most misunderstood of yoga teachings today, is a vast ocean of ancient wisdom for enlightening the Mind and Body.

Tantra can give you a new perspective, a new way of looking at yourself and at life, a new way of living in harmony with existence…for Tantra is not an intellectual proposal, it is pure experience.

Tantrica, Tantra or Sacred Tantric Practice, in its purest form, describes both the processes and methodologies for the resolution of all conflicts of opposites.

The word Tantra in Sanskrit, the sacred language of  Vedas, derives from the root word tan, which translates as “to extend, expand, spread, continue, spin out, weave; to put forth, show, or manifest.” Like the universe we inhabit, Tantra is continually expanding, spreading, and manifesting itself like a “cosmic weave,” made up of different energies. We are part of this weave, as are our forefathers and foremothers, all life, and every type of energy and matter. This includes thoughts, actions, and all physical matter.

Tantra says yes to life. It is not a belief or a faith but a way to live life wholly. On this path, pleasure, vision, and ecstasy are celebrated rather than repressed. It embraces and enhances all forms of creative expression, such as movement, breathing, meditation, massage, healing, dance and music.

This content was originally posted on our site in 2013.

Guru Ranjit is presenting a Couples Yoga Session as a Valentine’s Day Special!

February 14th, 2019 (Note New Date!)
6.30 pm to 8.00 pm

Charlotte Meditation Studio
725, Providence Road Suite 300
Charlotte, NC
725-277-6049

These are some of the concepts that can be realized through the session:

  • Love is not about better communication, it’s about connection.
  • You will never attain a closer relationship with your man by talking to him like you talk to one of your girlfriends.
  • Male emotions are like women’s sexuality. You can’t be too direct too quickly.
  • There are four ways to connect with a man: touch, activate, sex, and routines.
  • Men want closer relationships just as much as women do, but not if they have to act like women.
  • Talking makes women move closer; it makes men move away.
  • The secret of the silent male is this: his spouse supplies the meaning in his life.