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Why Meditate?


I started meditating at the age of 16, sitting on my beanbag chair for 20 minutes before leaving for high school every morning.  I loved the calming feeling it gave me.  My mother even noticed a difference in me – less restless, more focused, and definitely more calm.  I think it helped my schoolwork as well.  It didn’t take long to get me hooked on this new routine – even at the age of 16.

That was the beginning of a life-long meditation practice and a pursuit of penetrating levels of my consciousness.  I have achieved this through a state of calm breathing practices followed by deep states of peace.  Thirty-eight years after my youthful beginnings I’m still pursuing, and now teaching, this goal of realization of the Self.

Do you ever feel like your mind is caught in a non-stop series of commentaries?  It’s exhausting, isn’t it?  On and on the mind goes, switching from subject to subject, much of it irrelevant.  I read somewhere that the majority of us have 60,000 thoughts in a day.  For some people the only break they get from their chatting mind is when they fall asleep at night.

Of course, not all thoughts are unwanted.  When our minds are creatively engaged we are using our thinking abilities for good.  But what about the rest of the mental activity that swirls around in our heads?  Do you ever wonder where the “off” switch is? Meditation could be the answer for you.  It was for my restless mind.

People have been meditating for thousands of years as a way to attain inner peace and a deeper connection with their in-dwelling spirit.  There are countless other benefits to meditating, on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.  People who meditate for the most part have bright eyes, an even and happy demeanor, a balanced perspective on life, enhanced intuitive abilities, and experience less stress.

Meditation is one of my greatest passions.  I gently guide the practice of my students, many of whom say it has changed their lives.  I offer monthly Inner Renewal Saturdays, which include longer periods of group meditation and a brief talk on a spiritual topic, followed by discussion and healing prayers.

Feel free to call or email me with any inquiries – 707.477.8231 or patricia@patricialondon.com.