(203) 945-2340 (office number)
108 East Avenue, 2nd Floor
Norwalk, CT 06851

(203) 945-2340 (office number)
108 East Avenue, 2nd Floor
Norwalk, CT 06851

Meditation and Visualization

For Individuals and Groups: 

Meditation is an ancient technique of focusing the mind, which has been proven to have numerous physiological and psychological benefits, including lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety and depression, and increasing self-actualization. Meditation helps individuals become more aware of their self-limiting and self-damaging thought patterns, increases an individual’s awareness of their feelings, and increases the awareness of the connection between emotional feelings and their physical manifestations.  Everyone can learn meditation, although it is difficult to learn on one’s own.  Numerous courses are available throughout the area.  I teach a non-denominational method, accessible for all people regardless of their spiritual and religious beliefs.island

Meditation can also greatly increase a person’s ability to stay present in the “here-and-now,” which is called mindfulness, an aspect of meditation that can be brought into everyday life.  Mindfulness is a nonjudgmental awareness of the present, enabling us to be more open to those around us as well as to our inner experiences.  Sometimes people think that increased serenity and acceptance will hamper their ability to change unpleasant situations, while the reverse is true:  it enhances good decision-making, rooted in reality.

Visualization can be used as a meditation technique, and it is frequently experienced as more relaxing than a pure “focus-on-the-breath” technique.  Visualization is also an important part of any growth and change, and active visualization exercises can be used to help clients determine where they would like to be, and how it differs from where they are now.

For Professionals:  The Use of Meditation and Visualization to Facilitate Healing and Change

In this workshop, I demonstrate easy-to-use techniques of meditation and visualization that can facilitate the process of healing and change for the client.   Meditation complements traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy as it helps individuals become more aware of their self-limiting and self-damaging thought patterns.  Meditation also facilitates CBT, psychodynamic and other modes of therapy as it increases an individual’s awareness of their feelings, and increases the awareness of the connection between emotional feelings and their physical manifestations.

Visualization can be used as a meditation technique, and it is frequently experienced as more relaxing than a pure “focus-on-the-breath” technique. Visualization is also an important part of any growth and change, and active visualization exercises can be used to help clients determine where they would like to be, and how it differs from where they are now.

No experience is necessary for this workshop. The teaching technique is primarily experiential, and participants are given an opportunity to experience a variety of meditation and visualization techniques. The didactic presentation covers research on the benefits of meditation and an overview of different meditation traditions, with a focus on non-religious meditation techniques.

Obviously, the benefits of meditation can also be used on a personal level by people in the helping and healing professions, as the need for stress reduction and self-awareness is great.  Meditation also greatly increases a person’s capacity for “active listening” and the ability to stay present in the “here-and-now,” skills integral to the ability to heal.