Restorative Practice in Rancho Mirage
Dealing with the pandemic over the last year has impacted people in a variety of ways. Some have struggled with physical ailments of COVID-19 and others have been dealing with the stress, anxiety, and other metal health issues associated with everything that has happened around us. Experts from Yale University, Cambridge University, University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, the Mayo Clinic, and more say that meditation can be helpful in a time when we need it most. A new weekly event in Rancho Mirage allows residents to join in this restorative practice during the month of May at the Rancho Mirage Amphitheater.
What is meditation?
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. It is a wellness practice that allows you to find your personal balance and reach a level of individual consciousness. “In Buddhist tradition, the word ‘meditation’ is equivalent to a word like ‘sports’ in the U.S.,” University of Wisconsin neuroscience lab director Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., told The New York Times. “It’s a family of activities, not a single thing. And different meditation practices require different mental skills.”
Meditation helps you become more aware and understanding of your feelings. The practice doesn’t make you a different person or turn off your thoughts, but instead provides a healthy perspective that allows you to be more fully engaged and mindful.
How does it help?
Research shows that meditation helps people cope with illness and the stress and anxiety related to it. It helps bring inner peace. When a person meditates, it helps clear away the “information overload” that many of us have on a normal day and now have an excessive amount as we all deal with the pandemic.
Benefits can include:
- Increasing self-awareness
- Increasing patience and tolerance
- Focusing on the present
- Lengthening attention span
- Reducing stress
- Controlling anxiety
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing imagination and creativity
- Better sleep
In some cases, it helps reduce blood pressure and help people manage symptoms of asthma, cancer, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, tension headaches, chronic pain, and depression. Meditation may also help fight addiction and reduce age-related memory loss.
Join this new event
Wednesday Meditations in May are simple and accompanied by peaceful sounds and images designed to create a harmonious atmosphere. Sessions are guided by Jens Christian Springmann, owner of Satisfied Being in Rancho Mirage. Springmann is a Meditation Practitioner and Life-Mental-Spiritual Coach who provides meditation and mindfulness services and workshops to those seeking a deep rest, freedom from unpleasant thoughts and feelings, or those who simply want ways to lighten-up the load in their life.
Register for these weekly events sponsored by the City of Rancho Mirage.