Former fashion editor, Suze Yalof Schwartz, is the first person to admit that she’s the unlikely owner of a soon-to-launch, L.A.-based meditation studio: After all, a few short years ago, she was dubbed “The Fairy Godmother of Makeovers,” by The New York Times. But, after a relocation West, she decided she wanted to learn to meditate—and in the process, she just happens to be making over the Los Angeles meditation scene. It all came about because Yalof Schwartz couldn’t find a studio that fit her schedule, her budget, or her aesthetic. As a busy mom, she wanted to be able to drop in during the day, and she wanted it to be in a transportingly clean, streamlined, and beautiful room. This didn’t exist. And so she manifested it in a quick 12 months: It’s called Unplug Meditation, and it’s a sparely turned out, white-washed space where you’ll find a sea of black meditation chairs, an exquisite little store, and a stellar roster of instructors who teach 20 minute sessions throughout the day. Undoubtedly, it’s just the first Unplug Meditation of many.
He was so rigid he couldn’t touch his toes and struggled through the hour exercise. Following a handful of lessons, he noticed success that surpassed all anticipations, which include reduction from chronic reduced again discomfort and lightness in his body and thoughts.
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How to disconnect to reconnect: Free your inhibitions while you raise your self-awareness and explore human possibilities in the awe-inspiring setting of Northern California’s spiritual coast. Various meditation practices are offered here, from Buddhist to tantric, depending on the workshop and instructor. A meditation roundhouse is located on the scenic 27-acre property, where guests can also enjoy cliffside hot springs (clothing optional), ocean views, healing arts, and soul-seeking meditation and mindfulness workshops that incorporate a hybrid of interdisciplinary themes, such as yoga, music, self-connection, stress-reduction, and fulfilling relationships between fathers and sons. Part of the experience at Esalen is its historic lodge that has hosted legendary guests like Henry Miller, Steve McQueen, Joan Baez, and Hunter S. Thompson. Family-style communal dining at the lodge features vegetarian and gluten-free options, organic produce from the on-site garden, and locally sourced eggs and fish.
Research has found reduced blood pressure, increased insulin resistance for preventing diabetes, and even slowing of biological aging. It has a 48 percent reduction in the rates of heart attack’s, stroke and death. I would consider those to be benefits. There have also been claims that it helps in the treatment of alcohol addiction and also helping people trying to quit smoking as well as increased intelligence, lower heart rates along with blood pressure, reduction of stress, and even help in the treatment of ADHD. However I could not confirm all of these claims but hey? If it helps in any of these? Why not give it a shot? What could it hurt?
I’ve been meditating for over two years. I suffer from ADHD & PTSD. It has changed my life for the better..Two years ago, I would have laughed at anyone who told me I could be at peace and quiet my mind using meditation. How wrong was I? Very. Knowing how my mind constantly chatters if the only reason I hadn’t looked into it long before then..
Another term that comes up a lot when talking about meditation is mantra, which I mentioned above. What is a mantra? Simply put, a mantra is a word or sound that you repeat throughout a meditation to help focus the mind. “Mantra” comes from Sanskrit. Man is the root of the word for “mind,” and tra is the root of the word for “instrument.” Mantras help us disconnect from that stream of thoughts constantly flowing (sometimes rushing) through our minds. Keep in mind, not all forms of meditation use mantras.
“My typical coping strategy–the bourbon and cheeseburger method–wasn’t working,” he says. He attended one of Meng’s classes and soon started his own practice, one that helped him better handle his father’s eventual passing away.
Mathematical formula for S.Q. has been developed as the ratio of Parasympathetic Dominance (P.S.D.) and Sympathetic Dominance (S.D.). Both Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) and Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) are parts of Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). ANS functions largely under control of hypothalamus. In Yoga System, we use to concentrate to meditate at some specific nerve centre. These nerve centers are called Chakras. However, chakras are not an anatomical entity. They are functional entity and have correspondence with these nerve centers situated along the spinal cord and above it in the brain region. Although many points in human anatomy can be designated as chakras, but there are SEVEN fundamental chakras. In Yoga System the Sixth Chakra (Ajna Chakra) is considered as the most important one. Its position is located very close to hypothalamus (anterior hypothalamic area). The hypothalamus is a portion of brain that contains a number of small nuclei with a variety of functions. One of the most important functions of the hypothalamus is to link nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary glands Practice to meditate at sixth chakra has direct influence on hypothalamus which controls autonomic mobilization.
What drew me to these thinkers was their obvious respect for all people and religions, a high point of my Baha’i experience, along with echoes of TM’s credo to pay more attention to the present moment. I also recognized numerous similarities between the different faiths, including the call for quiet contemplation to better connect with the Divine within, known to Buddhists as “inner stillness.” Some Christians interpret Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God,” in a similar manner.
Sleep Meditation– Don’t worry, as you start to relax and let go the dreamcatcher will filter the energies around you. In through the net, purifying and releasing positive energy down the soft feathers back to you. Sleeping under this dreamcatcher will soothe your rest and re energize you for when you are ready to awake. As you start to relax you may feel your eyes testing themselves to see if they could open and it starts to feel like they finding easier to stay closed. You may also want to yawn, taking in more positive restful energy bring on that lazy feeling. Your arms or legs may slightly jerk as you start to drift off and dissolve reality with the dreamworld. Drifting into sleep, you may sometimes catch yourself inbetween worlds. The protective energy of the dreamcatcher softly feeds your want for sleep, letting you know it’s ok to do so. Your mind starts to relax as thoughts that may linger are also being pulled through the filter of the dreamcatcher, dispersing as they travel through the net. Anything hindering you sleeping is automatically filtered and softened.
This is a great start for me…I am just beginning to meditate and have zero information on it, so this website is perfect. I suffer from depression and alcoholism and have been advised to meditate. One question: do i always have to concentrate on my breathing, or are there other things I can focus on while I meditate?
At the Chopra Center, we commonly hear from new meditators who are able to sleep soundly for the first time in years after just a few days of daily meditation practice. Other common benefits of meditation include improved concentration, decreased blood pressure, reduced stress and anxiety, and enhanced immune function. You can learn more about the benefits of meditation in a recent post, Why Meditate? on the Chopra Center blog.
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This author, once in the high-stress world of fashion, found meditation and fell hard. She’s essentially pushing “McMeditation” (sort of), putting inner peace into the hands of everyperson. Of course … Read full review
Though it may not be apparent to you, there is a gentle yet profound transformation taking place within you every time you meditate. It is like a fruit ripening on a tree. The ripening process is slow, but no doubt it is happening. So rest assured that every minute that you put into stilling your body, mind and soul is never wasted.
The caffeine in a cup of coffee is unlikely to cause jittery or any ill effects unless you’re hypersensitive to caffeine. So I don’t really see any problem with drinking a cup of java before meditation.
This book was just what I needed! I ordered it early on Amazon, but then saw it yesterday on a table at the airport and decided to pick it up to read on my plane ride home. I’m not the greatest flyer and I have never meditated before, so I thought: why not give it a try? What an amazing find!!! I followed the suggestions of the author and actually meditated for the first time while sitting in my seat. I was truly amazed that I felt calmer than I have ever felt on a plane. I really didn’t expect that (which may be why she addresses the “skeptics” in her title.) Additionally, I learned the hows and whys of meditating. Yalof-Schwartz makes the “how-to’s” about as easy as you might want, with choices ranging from the “sixteen-second” meditation to some much longer but equally effective ones. And the “why’s” of meditation – that is, what it can do for you – are all scientifically backed up. And if that’s not enough, some of the stories from the “teachers” at her studio in Los Angeles cannot help but inspire you. Thanks, Ms. Yalof-Schwartz. This book will go with me on all my future plane rides.
I love your guided meditations. When you spoke to vibrating with the cosmos at awesomeness fest, I was perplexed. What does that mean? Well, after putting Kundalini meditations into my daily practice I learned to know that feeling of connecting to source energy felt like. It’s increadible getting the energie flowing and to actually feel a vibration in your body just thru breath work and chanting. Amazing! You have cracked me open to flow. Thank you! ????
Meditation may not be restricted to the level of spiritual well being only. It’s scope in emotional well being, mental well being, physical well being and ultimately social well being is widely recognized now.
chapter 1Ready, Set, UnplugAlmost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.—Anne LamottThe minute I learned to unplug, my whole life changed.Little did I know that nearly five years later I would be on a mission to convince you to join me. But when you discover a life hack this good, you want to share it with as many people as you can! By learning to unplug, I stepped off the crazy roller coaster of stress and into a life in which I’m calm and in control (well, most of the time). I’m getting more done and doing it so much better because I’m focused and clear, and enjoying it a million times more because I’m present. I wrote this book to teach you how to unplug and meditate so you, too, can experience and enjoy your life as it’s actually happening instead of missing out on the good stuff because of worry, anxiety, and busyness. There’s no reason to walk around with stress when getting rid of it is so simple.Every day, I have people asking me to help them learn how to meditate. There are so many confusing resources out there, so that I created the highly curated, give-it-to-me-straight, definitive guide I wish I’d had when I first started out. Having taken hundreds of hours of classes, tried every form of meditation, and launched the first drop-in meditation studio, I can say I totally get the art of meditation. The good news for you is that there isn’t much to get—it’s not complicated! I wrote this for all of you who want to learn to meditate but think it’s too complicated, too weird, that you don’t have the time, or that you couldn’t possibly sit still for even a few minutes a day. Believe me, I get it—I was the least likely person to become a meditator! But as one of my high school classmates said at our thirty-year reunion, “If Yalof can meditate, anyone can.” So even if you think it will be impossible for me to get you to do it, I’m ready to take the challenge and make it unchallenging for you.Before I started my journey, I would have laughed if you’d told me that the key to being effective, productive, happier, and more successful isn’t to go faster, do more, try harder, but to slow down and get present. I was a classic type A personality and overachiever: insanely busy, impatient, and racing through my life at two hundred miles an hour. I thrived on the fast pace and demands of my busy life, and I attacked every opportunity that came my way with enthusiasm. Pausing to breathe and ask myself whether I should or shouldn’t do so wasn’t even on my radar, and no wasn’t in my vocabulary. If something wasn’t going right, I would still find a way to make it work. Or, more accurately, I would make my assistants find a way to make it work, which would stress them out and sometimes make them cry. It’s no surprise that when the New York Times published an article about my meditation studio, Unplug, I saw a comment on my former assistant’s Facebook feed that said, “I wish she was meditating when we worked for her” (Sorry, Lexa!).The thought of sitting still seemed not only impossible and like torture, but a total waste of time. How could I possibly think about unplugging for even a few minutes a day when there was so much to do and so much I needed to accomplish?But now I know I could have gotten to the top much quicker and loved the whole process a lot more if I’d learned how to slow down and unplug. Ironic, right? Do less, accomplish more. Get calm to get ahead. All we have to do is sit still for a few minutes a day to find the holy grail of peace, happiness, and high-level life success we’re chasing.That’s not just my opinion—there’s serious science to back me up here. Studies have proven that meditation is the secret sauce to being healthier, happier, and way more effective. It physically rewires your brain to make you smarter, more focused and productive, and more positive. It reduces anxiety, stress, panic attacks, anger, depression, overeating, and pain. It improves your memory, helps you make better and faster decisions, increases compassion, and gives you a serious edge on handling the challenges life throws your way. It helps clear away the clutter and chaos in your brain that lead to the clutter and chaos in your life, so everything just flows better.I know this sounds like a lot of big promises, but I have seen it work on thousands of people—many of them skeptics at first. There’s a reason why thirty million Americans are meditating daily! Make that number thirty million and one if you start right now. It is the one practice that actually works for anyone willing to commit to it. After five years of doing it almost daily I still can’t believe that stopping to do nothing is so huge.That’s why I want you to discover this life-changing secret. It changes your whole existence for the better. Not only does it make you calmer, healthier, and more productive, it also helps you answer the bigger, deeper questions like What makes me happy? and What do I want? And sometimes, as it did for me, unplugging and getting present leads you to the life you were meant to be living.I spent two decades racing to the top of the ladder in the world of fashion. I worked at Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and eventually, at Glamour magazine, where I styled photo shoots, covered the famous “Do’s and Don’ts” section and became known (according to the New York Times, at least) as “The Fairy Godmother of Makeovers.” I traveled the country doing makeovers for The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today show, Good Morning America, and many others. I also covered the red carpet during awards shows and the fashion shows in New York, Paris, Milan, and London, both front and backstage. It was hectic and I loved it!There were some pretty crazy moments, but I never thought about “stress management,” because, honestly, I was too excited by what I was doing to think about whether I was stressed. I loved my life, pressure and all. So what if decompressing meant circling the office schmoozing as a cover to casually reach into people’s candy jars?I tore through my daily to-do lists, scattered and crazed. Even though I always prided myself on being a positive and happy person, I still had the tendency to rush everyone around me, lose focus easily, obsess over silly things, blow up at my kids and husband from time to time, and get über-stressed on deadlines. Not attractive! I compensated by moving faster and faster and sheepishly apologizing later.I had a glamorous job, a terrific husband, and three great kids. But what I didn’t have was the ability to appreciate the present moment. In my hurry to get to the next thing, I sped through each one, hardly ever landing in the one I was in. I was having all these major moments between my job and my family life, but missing out on most of them because I was on to the next one immediately upon arrival. I zipped through my life in such high gear that I didn’t get how much was passing me by, all the richness I was missing out on. You don’t realize you’re just skating on the surface when your life is just a series of checklists.Fast forward to the summer of 2010, when the LA-based job opportunity of a lifetime landed in the lap of my husband, Marc, and so my family and I moved to California to pursue our next adventure. I don’t think I really anticipated the culture shock I’d feel moving from Manhattan, which felt like the middle of everything, to California, which has a much different vibe and daily pace of life. But the bigger shock was going from having what I thought was an exciting job to wondering what was I doing with my life, in this new place, with new everything. I had always worked and I honestly did not know what to do with myself without a job. My kids were in school all day and I found myself filling the time with window shopping, bracelet beading classes, grocery store visits, and lunches and breakfasts. I was not only bored and restless—I was getting fat! I kept getting offers to go back into fashion, but nothing felt quite right until Lord & Taylor called to hir
e me to film Taxi TV commercials. It was a great gig with plenty of round-trip tickets to NYC, so I said yes. I was thrilled to be back in action. Yet something felt different this time.Between navigating a bicoastal commute, setting up a new life in a new town, juggling the lives of three fun and highly energetic little boys while on the road, and spending time with my husband, I experienced a moment in which I felt an overwhelming sense of stress. For the first time I could remember, I realized that I actually couldn’t do it all. I wasn’t in crisis, exactly—this was just normal life stress that got amped up, the way it does for so many of us. But that everyday stress, as you know, is enough to overwhelm you and send you over the edge.Fortunately, I voiced this to the right person at just the right time. My mother-in-law, who is a psychotherapist, said, “Let me show you a little trick.” She told me to close my eyes and taught me how to calm myself down instantly using my breath and visualization. In just three minutes, I went from feeling completely stressed to feeling totally calm. It was amazing!As soon as I opened my eyes, three things went through my head:1.I can’t believe how easy and simple that was.2.Why had I not known about this secret before?3.I want more! Who can teach me? How? Where?!?My mother-in-law suggested I learn to meditate, so I went on a search to find the best place. I started by googling “places to meditate in Los Angeles” and found out there was nowhere I could go to just pop in, learn, and leave. There was a fourteen-hundred-dollar Transcendental Meditation course; a four-day training intensive in a Vedic instructor’s apartment; a six-week program at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. I was surprised that there wasn’t a quicker or easier way to learn it.The “aha moment” came when I thought, Why can’t there be a Drybar for meditation? When you get your hair done at one of these salons that does exclusively blowouts, you go in feeling icky and come out feeling fabulous in thirty minutes or less. Check in, get it done, check out (I know, I’m still such a New Yorker). Why wasn’t there a similar way for busy people to fit meditation into their lives? Why no popular method and no place where someone like me could learn without making a long-term commitment or spending a small fortune? I took to Google yet again to see if any such place existed. It didn’t. Not in Los Angeles, and not in the entire United States. Not even in Europe or Asia. Then it hit me: Meditation needed a makeover, and I was just the one to do it.Marc, ever the wise one, told me I should probably learn to meditate first. Right . . . there was that. So I committed 400 percent to cracking the code on this new discovery of mine and jumped in with both feet. I signed up for the program given by the distractingly hot Australian instructor (I swear, there’s no such thing as an unattractive Vedic instructor) and went through the entire six-week program at UCLA. I took classes everywhere I could find them, from yoga studios to Buddhist temples to a meet-up group on the beach in Santa Monica. I did all of Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditations; downloaded the Headspace app; watched every podcast from Sharon Salzberg and Pema Chödrön to Tara Brach; and read everything I could get my hands on by Thich Nhat Hanh, Robert Thurman, Dan Siegel, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Joseph Goldstein, Eckhart Tolle, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Davidji, Steve Ross, and Olivia Rosewood. While I was learning how to unplug from the chaos of my daily life for a little while, I became an accidental meditation connoisseur.I fell in love with so many different styles and techniques and so many teachers during that time. But, at the same time, my makeover brain kept wanting to edit the teachers’ content, the ultraslow pace, the wardrobes, the spaces, the instructors’ “meditation-y” voices, the heavy sage burning and chanting, the long stories meant to illustrate a point, the Q&A afterward that kept you trapped for an additional forty-five minutes and felt more like a group therapy session . . . the whole experience. Meditation is so simple, and I couldn’t figure out why so much of it was being presented as so heady and complex—or worse, boring and unnecessarily drawn out. I remember one teacher taking a five-second pause between (pause) every (pause) word (pause) in his opening talk. I found it so frustrating!I wanted an experience that someone like me could actually sit through—to cut through all the excess and curate the best of meditation teachings, kind of like a brilliantly produced morning television segment. Every television segment takes roughly five minutes to inspire, explain the why, how to, and give solid tips so that by the end of the piece, you get it and can go do it. That’s how I felt learning to meditate should be.Hello, Unplug!I started Unplug, the world’s first secular drop-in meditation studio, to share meditation in its simplest, cleanest form. I wanted to take the practice from esoteric to accessible and create a place that would apply to busy, modern people so they could unplug from life for even just a few minutes a day, recharge, and experience the undeniable effects of meditation.Meditation has changed me and my life in so many ways. I am much more able to see when I’m stressed and deal with it in that exact moment, rather than being consumed or overwhelmed by it. I was always a happy person, but now I’m happy and grateful because I stop to appreciate everything around me. I am so much more effective and productive. I used to do a lot; the difference is that now I do it in a more focused way, so I get more done in less time. I’m doing ten times more but I do it consciously, so everything is better. I used to avoid things that made me feel uncomfortable, but now I can handle discomfort. Even when things aren’t going right, I’m able to go with the flow rather than feel frustrated. In almost every situation, I can step back from my knee-jerk reactions and respond mindfully, which makes me a better mom, wife, and boss.
According to Psychology Today, 10 million Americans practice some form of meditation. Once a ritual associated with Buddhists, Kabbalists and the sort, it has become a universal practice adopted by highly successful types like Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs and Arianna Huffington (who held a meditation session at Unplug last month)—even Katy Perry is getting in the action.
Meditation is a useful skill that helps us to see how unruly our mind can be. Whether you’re a kid, teenager or an adult, all of us face the struggles in the mind each day. So, self-generated melodrama is definitely not something that’s restricted only to teenagers. I must commend you for starting early. You’ll stand to gain the benefits of meditation earlier than those who discovered meditation later in their lives. For myself, I only started meditating in my late twenties. If only I knew it earlier…
It was a painful process to get myself to leave that situation (after all, I did love him and we had been living together for four years), but I know without a shadow of a doubt that meditation gave me the strength to not only survive, but to thrive in these times.
In his most ambitious and practical book yet, Rosenthal shows how TM is more than a tool for destressing or for general wellness. It is a gateway to functioning physically, emotionally, and intellectually at levels we never knew we could attain. Written in Rosenthal’s trademark style of restraint and intellectual carefulness, Super Mind explores how we can aspire to so much more than we ever thought possible.
A few years ago, I realized that my lack of a spiritual life knocked everything else off-kilter. I also recognized that I needed a way to unplug from the stresses of everyday life or run the risk of slipping into serious substance abuse, anti-social behavior and/or a hermit’s existence.
Sleep Meditation-The net takes in all energy around you, purifying it and sending positive light down it’s feathers to you. Whilst you recieve the energy you will relax into a calm and loose deep sleep. Let yourself breathe freely and if you want to take a deep breath in and let it out you can, just to relax you. Take your awareness to you breath now, just observe it, you don’t have to change anything. Just feel the gentle rise and relax of your chest as you prepare to sleep. The calming inhale and exhale of breath sounds similar to the tide on a beach, which can be quite mezmerizing. As you inhale, visualize positive or plus signs and feel guilt free about nesting into sleep. As you exhale, exhale negative or minus signs, letting all tense feelings out with your breath into the atmosphere around you.
Whether you’re a Fortune 500 CEO or someone bogged down with a never-ending to-do list, the proven secret to being more effective and living a happier, healthier life is to hurry up and slow down, to unplug. Studies show that you can get more done – and do it better – by doing less, just by consciously unplugging for a few minutes each day and meditating.
5. For The Non-Committal: Listen to a free guided meditation online (try one of UCLA’s mindfulness meditations or Tara Brach’s guided meditation to get started). These can range anywhere from three to 12 minutes. You may spend more time listening than meditating, but this can be helpful for a beginner. No commitment or money required.
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Master Liu Sichuan emphasises that, although not easy, ideally one should practice by “joining the breath and the mind together”; for those that find this too hard, he would recommend focusing on the lower abdomen (dantian).
2. Feel the air on your skin, smell the air around you, hear the birds around you, the noises. If your brain wanders to the to-do list and you realize you’re no longer meditating, begin again. “It’s almost like doing a bicep curl for your brain—every time you think, you redirect your brain,” says Yalof Schwartz. “And the more you do that, that’s actually how you change the structure of your brain.”
Meditation leads to thoughtless awareness state of mind that is essence of self realization. A few moments of meditation takes me deep in my self . Wandering clouds of doubt and fear begins to fade and give way to calm, cool and serene environs within. Find and realize divinity within is aim of each soul. A few moments of thoughtless awareness refreshes body, mind and energize to take stride ahead.