There are many styles of meditation. Many initially come thinking meditation is about stopping your thoughts; Nothing could be further from the truth. Others have tried other tools such as phone applications but admit they don’t use them as much as they should. Many are exploring mediation because they want to reduce stress and anxiety. However meditation is not about avoidance; rather it is about being with right now.
Right now or the present moment may not be pleasant for everyone and therefore should be taught with an experienced teacher who can help guide you safely.
Teaching various tools, styles and techniques. Here are brief examples:
*Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra: This name is a registered trademark and Paige is allowed to use it and is certified in the technique. The word Yoga Nidra means Yogic Rest. She is trained to understand safe steps to help guide people carefully into this deep rest carefully and make sure that they are safely guided out of their deep state of rest. There are layers known as the Kosha’s and Paige works within those layers to build and design the yoga nidra sequence. This is a guided meditation where you lay or sit back and listen. Many report that 1 hour of yoga nidra is equal to 4 hours of REM sleep. Often told that her voice has a way of relaxing people. Paige has spent years understanding ways to guide students safely with her comforting tone, pitch and speed.
*Mindfulness Meditation: An interesting word because it is not so much about the mind as it is to improve our awareness. There are many tools and ways to be mindful. This practice can lift energy and improve focus so you become able to focus more. No matter where you decide to focus often mindfulness starts with noticing your senses; Touch, Sound, Sight, Smell and Taste. You learn how to be aware of now and when you drift you refresh or start over.
*Sound Bowl/Bath Mediation: Paiges has a variety Crystal and Metal bowls – along with chimes and a 34” inch Gong. The sounds have different pitch and tones. She has long studied music and combined with her trainings for mediation she has spent years in adapting an understanding of the use of pitch, tone and vibration so she can safely guide those during practice. There is no wrong way to practice style – you lay back and listen. Many report a feeling of floating or lightness. The sounds often correlate to the chakras – starting with the musical scale C, D, E,F, G, A, B – can include natural, sharp and flat tones. Pitches may be low to high.
*Metta Mediation: This is a word that means Loving Kindness. There is a mantra used – ie words used that you repeat. The words or mantras can be different are often for the same purpose. The practice is to offer the mantra to ourselves, teachers, those we love, those we like, those we don’t know and those we may have had a falling out with. Lastly to the entire world. This practice is helpful to notice any of the areas that are blocking, avoiding or pushing away. Just to notice, witness and observe. By seeing a shuttle shift we may change habits or let go of resistance.
*Mudra and/or Mantra: The use of touch sense and/or words. Mudra’s is feeling; most often the use of fingers touching. To bring attention to the felt place within us. There are beliefs that certain energies are effected by the specific Mudra. Even if this is not your belief, there is a lot that bringing your attention too may help with focus and concentration. Mantra’s are a word or words that you repeat. The repeating of the practice again and again helps us to concentrate but the meditation practice really occurs when we pause and notice where we may have drifted and refresh the practice and return to concentration. These practices can be combined together.
*Listening/Co-Listening: Learn how to improve our ability to listen to each other. This is a helpful technique that Paige often uses in groups and offices. It vocalizes the Mindful Mediation practice by having one party spend time with the phrase “I feel” or “I am aware of” and repeat it over and over for a specified time. The other party is the listener. The point as the speaker is to learn to express awareness without having to explain, justify or blame. This is being done while one or others are listening. The listening party is working on listening only. Not responding with verbal or non-verbal communication. After a time parties switch roles. This practice allows us to really understand how we block ourselves from truly holding space for each other. Through this practice communication and clear response is improved.