There is little question that stress has dangerous physical implications. Over and over, stress has been proven responsible for emotional and physical disorders including depression and anxiety, heart attack, stroke, immune system deficiencies, hypertension, ulcers, arthritis... even the common cold.
Stress typically begins not in the body, but in the mind. Simply put, we become stressed when we make decisions or engage in certain behavior, then feel dissatisfied with the results. This dissatisfaction may feel like overwhelm, dread, frustration, or insecurity. It may produce racing thoughts which result in sleepless nights, forgetfulness, paranoia, or thoughts of suicide. Dissatisfaction may manifest physically as tightness in the jaw, increased or decreased appetite, trouble sleeping, irritable bowels, or dozens of other symptoms. We learn to live with these symptoms, as if they are normal.
Mindfulness is compassionate and intentional observing feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations. It's using awareness as a tool to gain insight, notice conditioned ways of thinking, and heal the whole being. A great first step toward living mindfully is acknowledging that while some stress is beneficial, chronic dissatisfaction produced by stress is not normal and unnecessary.
People who meditate regularly over time create beneficial structural changes in the brain, including expanded white matter, thicker corpus callosum, less dense amygdala, and new neural pathways. Meditation and mindfulness can also result in decreased cortisol production (the stress hormone). People who meditate regularly over time may also reduce blood pressure, sleep better, recover from illness more quickly, make better decisions, better manage chronic pain, say "no" more, lash out less frequently, and feel generally happier.
There are countless ways to de-stress and find mental clarity. If meditation is one you would like to try, the team at Chrysalis Meditation Center would be so happy to introduce you to it. If you are already a meditator and would like to deepen your practice by sitting with a group, this is also a wonderful opportunity.
MEDITATION FOR STRESS REDUCTION
Buddhist monks are the ultimate meditation experts as is proven by measurable brain activity.
This scan shows how the busyness of the mind is controllable through meditation.
Pause and be still a while.
WHAT WE DO
Welcome to Chrysalis Meditation Center - a place to learn, wonder, and transform! We hope that you end each visit to Chrysalis with new ideas about the world and the way you fit perfectly into it.
The journey to whole-being wellness begins with healthy thoughts and good habits. Here at Chrysalis Meditation Center, our goal is to arm you with the information and support you need to feel energized and happy. Each week here "inside the Chrysalis," you'll find guided meditation sittings led by a variety of trusted mindfulness teachers (25 minutes for just 5 bucks!) and practical nutrition coaching by one seriously talented nurse.
You'll also find dozens of life-changing mental health and spiritual programs. We partner with some of Greater Boston's most innovative thinkers, respected doctors, and trusted spiritualists to provide small group counseling and healing.
Our expert-led programs max out at 10 participants - so your experience inside the Chrysalis is always intimate, supportive, and private. Students have plenty of time to ask situation-specific questions, to explore off-topic subjects, and to connect with neighbors who can help keep you stay true to your healing practice.
Surf our Classes page to see a menu programs and prices, click on our Calendar page to see the fall spread, or visit us at 28 Church Street in Winchester Center to ask questions. From daily meditation sittings to weekly nutrition consultations to monthly intensive workshops, we are here to serve up all things good for the soul.
Space is always limited so be sure to sign up immediately if something piques your interest. Have questions? Email us! And like us on Facebook for updates on events and blog posts!
Denise & Vanessa