Effortless Meditation

We’ve Lost our Way – Here’s Hope: Meditation

For years we have seen statistics saying, despite our wealth and material abundance, Americans are far from the healthiest people on the planet. If you need evidence, look at the devastating influence of COVID-19 on our nation.

Check out the news today and it’s obvious something is wrong. While this is a big health topic, I will address just one foundational concern. If we address just this issue, we will see a transformation in the quality of our lives.

Rest and Balance, the Missing Ingredients

The critical need I am referring to is BALANCE, and the place to start is: get more rest! Without adequate rest, we place our lives in danger.

In his classic, SABBATH: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives, author Wayne Muller analyzes this problem superbly. In our culture, we prize activity and accomplishment above all else. “Don’t just sit there, do something. Go, go, hurry, hurry. Doing something, anything is better than doing nothing.” We’ve all heard it.

Yet, all life is dependent upon a rhythm of rest for its survival. The importance of this most essential rhythm – rest and activity – is lost on us today. Take a look around. How many times have you seen a group of friends, sitting at a table in a restaurant, glued to their phone’s display.

In our world, “I am so busy” is a common refrain. Meanwhile, our blood pressure and anxiety level is rising, and sleepless nights are commonplace.  These are all classic signs of the stress response. The bad news is that stress accumulates over time, and this is a driver of our poor health mentioned above.

Life hasn’t always been this way. When I was a child, life was very different. Personal computers and smartphones didn’t exist. Life was slower and simpler. Sure, there was stress as there will always be, however there was more balance in our lives. Sunday’s were a day of rest, a time to gather with family. Shopping was minimal due to the laws that required most stores to be closed on Sunday.

The Way Back Home

So what can we do to create balance and more satisfaction in our lives? The pace of life is most likely not going to slow down. Fortunately, the solutions are right before our eyes. All we need to do is look to nature for clues as how to live in balance.

For starters, there are cycles or rhythms in nature. All life requires a rhythm of rest. The bustling activity of each day turns into the stillness and rest of the night. The growth in spring and summer turns into the nourishing decay of leaves in the fall and the rest/dormancy of winter. Each beat of our heart and inhalation of breath is followed by a brief pause, a period of rest.

To restore balance, a good place to start is to set up a daily routine that includes adequate sleep. Most experts tell us getting to bed at a consistent hour and waking at a routine hour in the morning are very helpful. Our bodies adjust well to routines especially ones in alignment with nature.

A practice that ties all this together is meditation. Effortless Meditation, in particular, is a simple mental technique that when practiced regularly for 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes, restores nature’s rhythm of rest to our lives.

The restorative power of deep rest is truly transformative. New meditation clients have said they feel like they are coming home during the practice. Rest heals and revitalizes our mind, body, and spirit. That’s why many meditate early in the morning before work and then after work. After a short meditation, we are good to go!

Everyone is happier, healthier, and at their best when their energy level is high. Meditation anyone?

Greg Schweitzer, Director, Stress Reduction Resources

Effortless Meditation™ Soothes the Soul, Reduces Anxiety

Everyone is challenged by the unsettling influences of the global pandemic. Our senses, which are our windows to the world, are continually bombarded with chaos everywhere we turn – news apps, newspapers, social media… It can easily overwhelm us.

If we are not grounded, it doesn’t take much in our outer environment to disturb any remnants of inner peace and calm. Yet, we can’t seem to put down the unsettling news and images in the media. Why do we torture ourselves in this way?

Meanwhile scientific research tells us under chronic stress our heart rate and blood pressure increase, our muscles tighten, and our immune system weakens – and that is just a few of the negative influences of debilitating stress.

Metabolizing Our Experiences

Deepak Chopra, M.D., a pioneer in the field of mind body medicine said it well, “we metabolize our experiences.” The good news is that we are not victims. We can take proactive action to minimize, even neutralize the impact of stress. The solution lies in balance. It is the key to a healthier, better life.

Here’s where meditation comes in. Every day we have the ability to transcend the chaos in our lives, and experience peace, delight. These are found at the Source of Thought – the most silent mind. A proven vehicle to accomplish this is the practice of Effortless Meditation™ (EM).

When I introduced EM at a local corporation, one of the directors said this is a tool that we can use for the rest of our lives. We don’t have to drive across town to get to a gym to use it, and we can do this almost anywhere. It’s ideal for our needs.

Within a few weeks employees who took the EM training, offered as an employee benefit, were reporting a myriad of benefits. These included less stress, greater mental clarity, improved memory, better relationships at work and home, restful sleep, less fatigue, reduced anxiety, and greater happiness.

A Quiet Room

The company was so pleased that they created a “quiet room” for team members to use whenever they wished to meditate. I taught EM in this company practically every day for six consecutive months. Corporate leaders recognized a need and took corrective action.

Prior to the meditation training, the company had reorganized five times in the preceding seven years. Rapid, relentless change is chronic stress; it wears us down. Adapting to it is exhausting, maybe you’ve noticed! To make matters worse, over time the influence of stress accumulates.

Restful Sleep and Energy

Fortunately, the mind is powerful. A clear mind allows us to accomplish great things, and yet it needs deep rest to repair and heal in order to function at its best. This is one reason that sleep is so important. Rest is preventive maintenance for our mind and body. Without good rest, we cannot sustain the energy needed to have a successful and fulfilling life.

By calming the mind and releasing stress, Effortless Meditation practice helps us sleep better. In addition, every meditation provides us with deep supplemental rest and energy. They are both vital to provide balance, reduce anxiety, and to lighten our day. This is especially true in the turbulent times of today.

Deep rest nourishes us in a way that nothing else can. It is nature’s medicine.

Effortless Meditation courses are regularly offered both in-person and with on-line video conferencing.

Greg Schweitzer, BA, D.Ay

610.670.6700

To Thine Own Self Be True

TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE 1

Do you know anyone who worries a lot, is fearful, or depressed? Of course, you do. Well, this short blog could help them immensely.

Michael A. Singer, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, The Untethered Soul, begins the introduction with a quote from Act I of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Polonius advises his son Laertes – This above all: to thine own self be true.

Singer then asks a thoughtful question, “To which self are we to be true to?” Is it the anxious one inside, the angry self, the humble wise self, or the moody depressed self? That leads to another question – Who are you really?

The insights gained from the answers can be transformative. They make life worth living. It certainly worked that way in my life. Let me explain.

Hope and a Wise Seagull

Have you read Richard Bach’s classic, Jonathan Livingston Seagull? Jonathan was different from his seagull peers. They sit by and in the ocean, and fly to forage for food. This is their daily life. For Jonathan, that lifestyle was not nearly enough, he felt called to be an aviator. Nothing less would satisfy him. While the others looked for food, he performed experimental aerial maneuvers with delightful abandon. Jonathan had passion for flight itself. The other gulls thought he was crazy.

When I read this book over 40 years ago, a light went on. I resonated with Jonathan. I recall lamenting to a friend that it was a shame that humans don’t experience the enthusiasm that Jonathan had for his life. You see, at the time, my life was upside down in turmoil. When I graduated from college three years earlier with a degree in engineering, I was twenty-two years old and in a hurry. Naively, I thought that getting married, moving across the country, and starting a new career would bring me fulfillment and happiness. Well, these high hopes were dashed in just a couple years.

My new career was filled with frustration and boredom, and more significantly, my young wife died tragically. I was numb and lost, going through the motions of living with little direction or purpose. In those days, I was living for a paycheck at week’s end much like the seagulls were living to eat. Like Jonathan Livingston Seagull, it was not enough for me.

Enter the Higher Self

Fortunately, there was a ray of light on the horizon. One evening after another stressful workday, a dear friend casually invited me to accompany him to an introductory lecture about meditation held at his workplace. Although I knew little about it, I chose to attend.

It was a warm August evening, and the presenter quickly got my attention when he declared, “there is something missing in most people’s lives! What’s missing is inside, it’s not out there in the world,” he said. Boldly, he said that if we release our inner potential with the meditation practice he was teaching, we will experience a transformation, and everything in our life will improve – our mental, physical and spiritual health, even relationships.

Thinking that I had nothing to lose, and hopeful that this would help, I decided to take the plunge and learn to meditate. If 50% of what he said would come true, I thought “this will be great.” As it turned out, I could not have asked for more than what followed.

About two hours after my initial class, where I meditated for the first time, I found myself spontaneously skipping through a sandwich shop on the way to the cash register to pay for my lunch. I was euphoric, and didn’t know why. Though, I quietly wondered whether meditation had something to do with this delightful feeling.

In the days that followed I adhered to my meditation instructor’s advice. I did a short meditation before work in the morning and another after work in the afternoon. Within a few weeks, there was a shift in my life. Driving to work in the morning, I was wide awake and feeling good – this was new for me! By the afternoon at work, I was looking forward to another short meditation when I got home. I knew that my evening would be more enjoyable after meditating.

My energy level and enthusiasm grew. Soon, I started reading self-help books and exploring my areas of interest more deeply. Life was good again. I was so much happier.

It seemed the teacher’s comment in the introduction class was correct, there had been something missing in my life – energy, vitality, and well-being. He explained that these are qualities of our true or Higher Self – that I was now experiencing in every meditation. Thankfully, these attributes were now growing in my life after my meditation was over.

Don’t we all yearn for a richer, more meaningful, happier, and creative life? Amazingly, these are just a few of the benefits of Effortless Meditation™ practice. The way I see it, these are fundamental needs of our time.

In fact, if Shakespeare wrote Hamlet today rather than in 1599, Polonius’ directive to his son, Laertes may be: This above all: To thine own Higher Self be true – Meditate. Try it and your life will blossom in ways you may have never thought possible.

Greg Schweitzer, MBA, D.Ay

Stress Reduction Resources, Director

Staying Well in Unsettling Times

Fear is raging in our world like we’ve never seen before. These are uncharted waters for almost everyone. So, what can we do to stay healthy and sane in this most challenging time? Self-care has never been more important. Here are some tips:

  • Sleep! It is a vital, often neglected, component of every person’s overall health and well-being. It enables our body to repair and be fit and ready for another day. Statistics show that most adults need 7 or 8 hours to be at the top of their game. A good night’s sleep should leave you revitalized and ready to go in the morning without the need for stimulants to kick start your day.
  • Avoid foods that weaken the immune system. There’s a delicate balance between our state of mind and the functioning of our natural defenses. This is an especially important time to eat “high octane fuels” to maximize our health. Lean toward the purchase of nutrient dense foods – fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, and mostly plants vs. fatty and highly processed packaged foods laced with sugar, preservatives, and artificial ingredients.
  • Stay hydrated. We want to flush toxins including bacteria and viruses into our digestive tract. For that water, not soda or alcohol, is vitally important. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells and are crucial to staying healthy and maintaining every system of the body including digestion and elimination. Sipping water throughout the day is more beneficial than drinking large amounts periodically.
  • While what we eat and drink makes a difference. According the oldest known health science, Ayurveda, what’s equally important is how we eat and when we eat. A positive development coming from this scary time of isolation and social distancing is that more people are eating home-cooked meals with their families. Eating in a settled environment aids digestion and health. Consider the difference between eating a leisurely lunch or dinner with the family vs. gobbling down a burger or candy bars as you drive to your next appointment.
  • Try your best to get adequate exercise, movement – especially if you can get outdoors in nature. I walk for at least 20 minutes each day, and on most days do 15 – 20 minutes of yoga. You don’t have to pump iron in order to benefit from exercise. If you enjoy exercising, you are more likely to do it! In the last few weeks, I’m enjoying watching parents playing outdoors with their children.
  • And finally, a catalyst or complement for all these wellness approaches is the practice of Effortless Meditation. It is an antidote for health enemy #1, stress. During this time, we can all benefit from more peace in our life. I know of no better way to do that than with a regular meditation practice.

In this most unsettling time, we need to be gentle and treat ourselves well. Millions watch and read COVID-19 news on their TV, computer or on your cell phone way too much. During this our heart and respiration rates rise, our muscles tighten, stress hormones spike, and our immune systems take a hit. We become the news!

Relax. A meditation client said his meditation is a mini vacation that he takes every day. To be healthy, we need balance in our lives so meditate to enliven the peace and joy of your core self. We suggest 15 – 20 minutes twice a day for maximum benefits, however 5 minutes is much better than nothing.

We will get through this, and when we do, we will have hopefully learned some big lessons – one of those is the importance of self-care, and how to effectively do it. Be well.

Greg Schweitzer, MBA, D.Ay

Wellness Coach, Meditation Teacher, Speaker

Learn more about Effortless Meditation™ 

“Here Comes the Sun” – in local Business News

The Business Weekly supplement of the Reading Eagle just gave us some great coverage about our meditation teaching. You can check it out here. Notice the photo of Beatle, George Harrison.

So why are business leaders and readers interested in meditation? Some might ask why wouldn’t they? This is not rocket science.

Essential Need for Personal Hygiene, Self-Care

Consider this. At a minimum, most of us go to the dentist at least twice a year to have our teeth cleaned and examined. If all goes well, we leave not needing any additional work. However, it doesn’t stop there, does it? We need to brush our teeth every day for maximum oral health – ideally twice a day says our dentist. The same is true for daily meditation. This is self-care, and the results of doing it are magical.

Those who practice Effortless Meditation regularly notice that they are more alert, less tired, happier, calmer, and more resilient to the stressful encounters of the day. An executive of a large corporate client said, this is a life-long tool we’ve given people. It helps you think more clearly. You can isolate a problem and then, it’s gone. The HR Director said this is good for the company – you’re more alert, more productive. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

One employee said her sinus headaches decreased by an estimated 70%, and it has helped her sleep more restfully. It’s common to see significant drops in blood pressure, cholesterol, anxiety, and depression.  Others commented that the meditation training was building trust between management and staff while improving communication and relationships.

Effortless Meditation™: an Antidote for Stress

It’s no wonder that meditation training is routinely provided as a wellness offering. It is an antidote for stress and so much more as briefly mentioned here. If you know someone with an interest in enhancing the well-being of their staff, I’d love to talk with them and discuss how we can help them. We’d all benefit from having a healthier, happier and engaged workforce and world. I welcome your feedback.

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The seat to your success is found in your daily routine.” – JOHN C. MAXWELL, author, leadership expert, and pastor.

Greg Schweitzer, MBA, D.Ay

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

Effortless Meditation Teacher

Wellness Coach

Does Your Life Need More Balance This Year?

by Greg Schweitzer, MBA, DAy

Do you wake in the morning feeling refreshed and alert, or would you like to stay in bed for another hour or two? Are you excited about the day ahead, brimming with enthusiasm and passion? It’s our birthright to be joyful and alert. If that’s not your experience, you can get there.

Here’s the deal. Our state of being and wellness is dependent upon our internal energy level. If it’s blocked, you may experience fatigue, lethargy, anxiety and depression.

So, what blocks our natural energy flow and what can we do about it? It’s simple to understand. The culprit is that there’s constriction and tension inside us due to stress and trauma. Here’s an illustration, if you crimp a garden hose, you will not get the flow that you need to water your garden. If you don’t fix the hose, your plants will suffer. Like that, chronic stress and trauma have this influence on our nervous system and energy.

Here’s the good news. While this debilitating condition is widely prevalent today, we are not victims of the past or the circumstances of our lives. We can significantly minimize the influence of stress and trauma in our life through simple self-care.

With the start of a new year, we have a perfect opportunity to redirect our focus to bring our life into BALANCE. Here are some of our basic needs: rest, stress reduction, exercise – movement, and a diet of real food. Also important, relax, smile more.

Where to start?

It’s of paramount importance that we bring peace to our overactive minds. For this, meditation is an essential today. Nothing will bring balance to your life faster and more effortlessly that calming your heart and mind with deep meditation! This brings higher consciousness, higher awareness, a simply better life.

Now, you may think that your too busy for this. Well, that’s cool. We all need and want to be productive in our lives. Activity is the basis of achievement, however “over the top” levels of activity for long periods are not sustainable. In fact, without balance, we damage our brain and nervous system, not to mention the deterioration in other systems of the body – the cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, immune… You get the idea. The outcomes from this style of living are not pretty because the influence of overwhelm and overdoing accumulates in time.

However, with balance, you will: have more energy, sleep better, and make better decisions. You will also be more creative and effective in your work and home life. People will love you more, and you will have more joy in your heart. When there’s balance in our life, we’re operating on all cylinders. The quality of our life soars. If this sounds appealing or too good to be true, please join us or do some research on healthier ways to live.

I invite you to check out our coaching options – both Wellness and Life Coaching, along with an Effortless Meditation refresher and the new Advanced Meditation Group meetings. Let’s all live a more balanced life in 2020! The world needs it, and we’d love to help.

For information about Greg Schweitzer and his Effortless Meditation classes call 610-670-6700

 

LIVING A SPIRIT FILLED LIFE: Transcend Your Lower Self

LIVING A SPIRIT FILLED LIFE:  Transcend Your Lower Self

by Greg Schweitzer, MBA, D.Ay

Here’s a metaphor to illustrate our human questHave you ever stood under a waterfall? I did this in Hawaii. For the first couple minutes, it was exhilarating however, it quickly became too much. Life is often like that. The project or event we’re working on is initially compelling and then overwhelm sets in. Do not despair, here’s a remedy.

The waterfall represents the daily cascading thoughts of our conscious mind. Without the balance of being able to step back, we get lost in the incessant chatter of our mind. We begin to suffer from stress, anxiety, depression, ADD, insomnia, headaches, high blood pressure… Then one day, a wise one enters our life and tells us there’s another way to live.

They say it’s simple. Just move behind the waterfall. And guess what? When you step back, you discover, as I did, there’s serenity and charm.

This is your Higher Self, the Silent Observer or Spirit. This quiet mind is the experience you culture during the practice of Effortless Meditation™. Your Higher Self is beyond or transcendental to all the activity of your mind. It is the silence beyond your thoughts.

As we contact this stillness in our daily meditation practice, we begin to identify more and more with peace and love in our life. And how do we know this is happening? Here are signs: You used to feel anxiety and tension throughout your day, and now you feel love and bliss for no reason. You feel good just being you.

You don’t have to try to feel that way. That is how our Spirit feels. Wouldn’t you like to cultivate this higher experience of life every day? We can have a spirit filled life. Well-being is our birthright. Meditation anyone? Please join me.

Free Introduction Classes Held at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center Every Month

Click here for Class Schedule

Achieve Strong Bones

vegetables-1584999_1280Are you aware of the condition of your bones?

Are you an Osteoporosis statistic?

Osteoporosis, a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced, is a common condition around the world. One in 3 women and one in 5 men are at risk of an osteoporotic fracture which is estimated to occur every three seconds.

The good news is there are many steps that can be taken to prevent and help osteoporosis. It is now a treatable condition with a combination of appropriate nutrition and lifestyle changes.

POSITIVE BONE INFLUENCES:
Nutrients & Balanced Diet
• Calcium – 1,200 mg daily
Dairy, almonds, broccoli, kale, canned salmon with bones, sardines

• Vitamin D – 600-800 IU or more
Tuna and sardines, egg yolks, fortified milk – sunlight is the primary source

• Magnesium – 400-800 mg daily
Green vegetables, almonds, black beans, kidney beans, nut butters, whole wheat bread

• Vitamin K − 50-100 mcg
Leafy green vegetables, spinach, kale, broccoli, peas, green beans

• Eat an alkalizing diet – healthy pH value ranges from 7-14
Fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables

• Eat raw cultured dairy: Kefir, yogurt, and raw cheese contain calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2, phosphorus, and vitamins B12, A, C, and D

It is always best to eat fresh, organic and unprocessed foods for overall good health. Talk with your doctor and ask for recommendations for your specific needs before making any dietary changes or taking any supplements.

Staying Physically Active
Exercising if you have osteoporosis means finding the safest, most enjoyable activities for you given your overall health and amount of bone loss. There’s no one-size-fits-all prescription.

NEGATIVE BONE INFLUENCES:
• Sodium (increases calcium excretion through the urine) – no more than 2,300 mg / day
• Smoking and excessive alcohol use (no more than one drink per day)
• Stress should be minimized

GUIDANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

THE FOLLOWING MODALITIES CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE STRONG BONES:
Many times people know what to do yet still fail to follow through. With the right Guidance and Accountability led by a practitioner, privately or in a group – you can receive the warm feeling of friendship, closeness and loyalty that makes your health transformation not only fun but rewarding.

Low Level Cold Laser Treatments
John Ezaki, 610-462-6103
Jeanne Mancinelli, 610-393-9676
Linda Printz, 484-955-7306

Food, Nutrition & Lifestyle Changes
Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking, Michelle Costantini,  720-745-3453
Health Coach & Cooking Instructor Christina Moyes, 610-704-8083

Physical Movement Trainings
Pilates Power-Assisted Table,  Betsy Wetzig 610-398-9652
Feldenkrais Method® of Movement,  Carol Siddiqi 610-618-0467
Tai Chi,  Barbra Kopystecki, 610-888-8600
Yoga Karen Klubertanz, 484-554-4801

Stress Management
Effortless Meditation™ Greg Schweitzer, 610-670-6700
Health & Life Coach Dr. Mehri Ulas, 484-240-9730
Neuroacoustic Chair & Brain Entrainment,  Meg Deak,  610-504-4830

Visit modality pages at www.TwinPondsCenter.com for more information.

UP-COMING EVENTS:
Healthy Happy Hour: Good Food – Food Friends – Good Times!
5:30-7:30 pm 1st Friday of Every Month

Simple Weight-Loss Workshop: 6 Simple Steps to Jumpstart Your Weight Loss! 2:00-5:00 pm January 28th

Be Your Best Self

Business-Clients-e1465417507182by Greg Schweitzer, MBA, D.Ay

We’re all born geniuses, life degeniuses us.
– Buckminster Fuller

For most of her life, Mary said she felt like a “human doing.” She was constantly striving for greater satisfaction by doing more. The pace of her life was rapid fire and relentless. Now, recognizing that stress was taking its toll, she was looking for relief.

Most everyone wants more in life – more happiness, satisfaction, love, and success. But is it possible to have success without being overwhelmed? The answer is YES, however to avoid burnout, we must be at our best.

How to Become Your Best Self

I recall a provocative statement made by a teacher in 1974. He said that there’s something missing in most people’s lives. The good news was that the missing element is inside us. Explore and nurture it, and everything will get better, he promised.

He was right on. My life significantly improved when I acted on his proclamation. He said that we didn’t have to change our behaviors or beliefs, we just needed to develop our potential for success. The approach that he promoted was meditation.

Although I knew little about meditation, it made sense. If our nervous system is depleted by overwhelm and stress, our ability to perform will be compromised. Also, everything that we achieve will be colored by the tension that we’re experiencing. This should not be the price that we pay for success.

While the stress response hijacks the brain, the teacher explained that the deep rest experienced during meditation heals it. The practice of Effortless Meditation allows our mind to settle down, becoming quieter and quieter, and bringing a level of healing rest to the central nervous system and its control tower – the brain.

People routinely report after beginning an Effortless Meditation practice that they are happier, sleeping better, and thinking more clearly. They’re less anxious and all aspects of their health improve – mental, physical, and emotional. One man said that since starting a daily meditation practice, he was falling in love with life again. A woman was delighted because her brain fog was lifting and her memory improving after just a two weeks.

A Key

A key to being our best self is to bring balance into our lives. Adding two short periods of Effortless Meditation™ each day is a formula to do just that. The practice restores energy, vitality, and well-being.

This is an inside job. Start by healing your nervous system and brain. It can be an effortless and enjoyable process. A daily meditation practice is one simple step that will set in motion a cascade of positive changes. In short order, subtle and powerful benefits will be showing up in your life.

How to Find Greater Happiness

FAQby Greg Schweitzer, MBA, DAy

Most everyone would like more happiness. As a young man, I like most others looked for happiness through achievement, and was I disappointed! For starters, graduating from college and getting married brought no lasting satisfaction.

Fortunately, in my mid-twenties, I met a wise teacher who told me that there’s a deeper truth to finding joy. His teachings changed the direction of my life.

It’s all inside – be quiet.

He said the nature or essence of life is bliss. (Bliss is unbounded joy or happiness, i.e. big joy.) And, by cleansing our nervous systems of stress through meditation, we could reclaim the reservoir of well-being and joy that exists inside us.

This bold declaration motivated me to take his meditation course, and ultimately become a meditation teacher. That was over 40 years ago. After just my first meditation, I was calmer, more at ease. I continued to meditate every day, growing in happiness and inner peace. This good feeling was not due to anything changing in my world other than my daily meditation practice. I hadn’t won the lottery or gotten a fabulous raise in salary. Now, I was just happy. To my surprise, smiling and laughter was coming easily.

Similar experiences come for everyone through Effortless Meditation™ practice. Recently, a couple who expressed concerns about the tension in their marriage, noticed after only a few days of meditation practice that they were more patient with each other. They also realized that they were sleeping better and happier for no apparent reason.

THAT’S IT! Happiness doesn’t need a reason to exist in your life. Happiness is a state of being. It’s our birthright.

Isn’t this obvious in our children? My four-year old granddaughter is delight personified. She doesn’t need anything to make her joyful, her happiness just is. She’s excited by life – a silly expression, a new idea, a song, jumping up and down, almost anything brings a twinkle to her eye, laughter, and enthusiasm. She exudes joy; she can’t contain it. It bubbles out of her. Wouldn’t you like to have more of that in your life?

It’s not only possible; you deserve it. In Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings from Our Dogs and Cats, author Eckhart Tolle states that “true happiness is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things.”   Such as your dog running playfully through a meadow, or your child wiggling with excitement. “But to be aware of these little quiet things, (says Tolle), we need to be quiet inside. A high degree of alertness is required. Be still. Look. Listen. Be present.”

 Cultivating happiness and inner peace

How do you achieve this inner alertness and quietness? It’s really easier that you think. To cultivate it, learn to meditate, or do some yoga, stop talking and just listen, or walk mindfully through a forest.  Another exercise: observe your surroundings as you stroll silently without trying to get anywhere. Each of these will all quiet your chattering conscious thinking mind.

The deep truth is that beyond the sounds and stirrings of nature and beyond your thoughts, there is something greater, a sacredness that cannot be understood through thought. This is a reservoir of energy, joy, and inner peace. It is available to you. Just learn to quiet your mind and be still.

If you make one or more of these suggestions a regular practice, inner stillness and peace will begin to show up in your daily experience. It won’t be long till you find a level of serenity and happiness in your daily life that you never imagined.

You can get started today.

Click here for Introduction Class Information.