PEACEFUL WARRIORS - A peaceful warrior resides within each of us.
Janise Witt Photography
Sedona, Arizona
July 2014

What is Meditation?
Although there are many kinds of meditation, some based in spiritual and religious roots, the kind of meditation that I teach is strictly based on brain science, relaxation, and stress reduction.  This makes meditation and its' benefits accessible and available to all people.
Trauma-sensitive meditation is designed to simply train your brain to focus, in a concerted effort to relax and reduce anxiety and stress.  It is taught in a way that takes into account the potential triggers that someone experiencing anxiety, stress, trauma symptoms, post-traumatic stress, and/or combat stress may be encountering. Meditation activates the parts of the brain responsible for feelings of safety, calmness, happiness, and well-being, resulting in enhanced feelings of relaxation and ease. 
What are some of the common misconceptions regarding meditation?
  • Meditation is only religious or spiritual.
  • You must stop all of your thoughts.
  • You must be in absolute silence.
  • Some people are just wired for it.
  • You must sit like a pretzel for many hours.
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What is meditation going to be like for you during one of our sessions?
There are often misconceptions about the practice of meditation being something
where we must "turn-off" our brains or stop ourselves from thinking.  Our brains have had a life-long job of thinking.  You can't take the brain's job away from it.   With my guidance, you are simply going to learn to develop a practice of interrupting the brain's thinking process by giving it something to focus on like your breath or a part of your body, for example.  I will guide you step by step through a preparation talk at the start of the meditation so that you understand each step of the way what will be happening and how we will proceed throughout the session.  You will always have choices throughout the meditation practice, so that you are slowly cultivating your own pace and your own practice.
You will be encouraged to sit in a way that is most comfortable for you and you will be instructed to welcome sounds, as opposed to shutting them out.
Meditation is a cultivated practice that takes time to develop. For some, yes, they catch on to it quickly and appear to be "wired" for it, but that is not true for most.  It takes time to train those neural pathways to understand what relaxation is.  With each session, your brain will begin to remember and adjust more readily.   Physical benefits of alleviated tension and stress , as well as, a sense of overall well-being, can be noticeable after the first session.  Over time, a regular practice can continue to develop positive results and a much more satisfying experience.
Meditation is not an escape from the trauma and stress we experience in our lives from day to day, but it can be a tool developed to help manage how we respond to stress and help us to live a life where we feel more present in our day to day life.  
                                Why Meditate? 
Janise Witt Photography
Sedona, Arizona
July 2016 Meditation is a way for us to respond to life on its' own terms.  We cannot escape the realities that we face each day but we can develop tools to help us better manage
 the stressors that we do experience and help us to manage our response to those stressors. Meditation is about becoming present in our lives through the developed skill of focusing on the present moment.   There is a 
      growing body of evidence through research studies that suggest the benefits of meditation can be physiological and emotional.
Benefits of Meditation
Boosts Working Memory
Increases Ability To Focus
Less Emotional Reactivity
Increased Flexibility
Increased Immune Function
Improved Well-Being
Increased Information Processing
Lowered  Blood Pressure
Improved Energy and Vitality
How Does Meditation Work?
The of trauma-sensitive meditation allows you to safely focus your attention on the present moment in a way that helps you to manage any discomfort that you may be currently feeling physically, emotionally, or mentally.  It activates the regions of the brain responsible for feelings of safety, calm, and contentment. 

Can Meditation Reduce Pain?
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Neuroscientist Explain How Meditation Changes the Brain

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