Learning new things, be it an academic course or a pottery class, can challenge our beliefs, our abilities, and add knowledge and understanding of ourselves and our world. Activities that stimulate a positive response in our bodies release ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain. Physical and mental exercise is as important as learning to relax and de-stress.
Meditation and practices such as Reiki have shown to slow down aging in our brains. Reiki is a Japanese form of relaxation and stress reduction that promotes health and healing. Reiki is a practice that can be easily learned through classes taught by a Reiki Master Teacher. This allows one to use Reiki for oneself, and with additional classes, can provide Reiki to others.
Meditation is a practice that can be done anywhere and for any length of time. The practice may seem daunting to some, yet simply, stopping for a moment to take a few deep breaths will calm the mind and body. This will center us into the present moment. It will slow down our thoughts, relax our muscles, bringing more oxygen to our body, and producing a sense of well-being. Meditation can be practiced in a group or alone. To begin, simply sit in a quiet place, close your eyes, and focus on your breath.
Feel the lungs fill with air and with each release let go of any tension you may feel. As your mind may wander, bring awareness back to your breath. Quieting the mind and focusing on the moment becomes easier the more meditation is practiced. Meditation promotes awareness of our bodies and allows us to release tension we may feel throughout our day, in turn decreasing stress levels and harmful effects to our bodies such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
By developing and practicing an overall wellness program year-round we can sense the promise and anticipation while living a life of purpose and meaning.
Useful information can be found online through the International Center for Reiki Training by clicking here.
Regina Staple is Judson’s Navigator for Independent Living Residents.
She is a former Pediatric and Hospice Nurse, with additional experience in the Ultrasound Industry as a Clinical Educator. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher, as well as a published author.