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Many Ways to Meditate: Find a Practice that is Just Right for You. Meditation by definition, is mental training. Training your mind to focus and probe into the nature of a chosen object in order to enhance what you choose to cultivate in yourself. Having a regular meditation practice allows you to build your ability to sustain your focus on whatever you choose to focus on in order to achieve a desired result. For example, you may choose to focus on one of the following: *a single object to build focus and sustained concentration; *deep breathing or progressive muscle awareness to evoke the relaxation response or *particular qualities you wish to cultivate in yourself such as, loving kindness, forgiveness, gratitude, sympathetic joy, peace, etc. Sandy Lundahl, MPH, MA is an accomplished public health professional with more than 25 years of experience in developing programs with public health and mental health professionals. She loves to learn and has graduate degrees in public health and in instructional systems design. Sandy is a modern-day meditation teacher who blends traditional Eastern meditation practices with contemporary, research-based Western contemplative practices. She offers online, individual, and small-group seminars, so you can learn the basic body-mind healing protocol and experience the proven relaxation response exercise used in decades of research by Herbert Benson, MD, of Harvard University, whose groundbreaking work in the 1970's laid the foundation for the modern field of mind/body medicine. Sandy also offers online, individual, and small group introductory, intermediate, and advanced classes in Many Ways to Meditate: Find a Practice that is Just Right for You.
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- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Most meditation teachers teach one type of meditation practice. However, it is clear that people's needs vary and change over time. Having knowledge and experience in a variety of meditation practices provides a firm foundation for meeting current and future needs. Also, I have extensive education and experience in public health education with two graduate degrees. I blend traditional Eastern meditation with contempoary, research-based Western practices, such as the 2-part bodymind protocol developed by Dr. Herbert Benson at Harvard University carefully designed to elicit the relaxation response and to activate the mind to support healing.