Meditations at Trinity are continuing online while the church is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meditation for Spring (April 2020)
Experience the rejuvenation of spring in nature, and in yourself
Beginners' Mind Guided Meditation (March 30, 2020)
Releasing limiting ideas and allowing new and fresh possibilities to arise.
A Guided Meditation to Support a Healthy Immune System
Guided Imagery (14:45)
Guided Imagery is a holistic, mind-body technique that consists of positive words and images, set to soothing music, to achieve specific goals of healing and wellness.
Affirmations shows how to strengthen your immune system and support cold and flu prevention naturally, through briefer versions of the same healing images and ideas.
A Walk through a Springtime Cherry Orchard (March 25 2020):
A springtime walk through the blossoms in a cherry orchard,
designed to bring calm, relaxation, and joy.
Meditation is one of the best healing tools we have to release accumulated stress, foster positive experiences and intentions, and enjoy the peace of present moment awareness.
A large body of research has established that having a regular meditation practice produces tangible benefits for mental and physical health, including:
• Decreased blood pressure and hypertension
• Lowered cholesterol levels
• Reduced production of “stress hormones,” including cortisol and adrenaline
• More efficient oxygen use by the body
• Increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA
• improved immune function
Regular meditation dissipates accumulated stress and cultivates a state of restful alertness. There are many compelling studies showing the power of meditation to relieve stress and promote inner calm.
Meditation can help you tap into your brain’s deepest potential to focus, learn and adapt. Meditation is a powerful tool for awakening new neural connections and even transforming regions of the brain.
We each have an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts a day – unfortunately, many of them are the same thoughts we had yesterday, last week, and last year. The mind tends to get stuck in repetitive thought loops that squeeze out the possibility for new ideas and inspiration. Meditation is an effective practice for going beyond habitual, conditioned thought patterns, improving your creativity and problem-solving skills, and opening to new insights, intuition, and ideas.
By cultivating equanimity and compassion, meditation helps you to create more harmonious and loving relationships; allowing you to be present with a loved one, client or co-worker and really listen to what they are saying and what they may need.
Meditation decreases depression, anxiety, and insomnia. The emotional effects of sitting quietly and going within are profound. The deep state of rest produced by meditation triggers the brain to release neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins, which have been linked to different aspects of happiness:
Dopamine plays a key role in the brain’s ability to experience pleasure, feel rewarded, and maintain focus.
Serotonin has a calming effect. It eases tension and helps us feel less stressed, more relaxed and focused. Low levels of this neurotransmitter have been linked to migraines, anxiety, bipolar disorder, apathy, feelings of worthlessness, fatigue, and insomnia.
Oxytocin is a pleasure hormone. It creates feelings of calm, contentment, and security, while reducing fear and anxiety.
Endorphins are best known for creating “the runner’s high.” These neurotransmitters play many roles related to wellbeing, including decreasing feelings of pain and reducing the side effects of stress.
Meditation is beneficial in so many ways.
When you meditate on a regular basis, all of your thoughts, actions, and reactions are infused with a little more love and mindful attention.