At a recent local conference on corporate wellness, the Health and Wellness Institute of Providence, RI presented some “startling numbers” about wellness, from the CDC and other sources:

  • The U.S. spent $2.2 trillion on healthcare in 2007.

  • Up to 90% of doctor’s visits are stress related.

  • Lifestyle-related illnesses account for 70% of claims.

  • Productivity losses related to personal and family health problems cost U.S. employers $225.8 billion annually.

Meditation is one of the best ways to counteract these statistics and bring down healthcare costs in the workplace.

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FOUNDER'S FORUM:
The Science of Meditation

The Boston Globe ran an excellent article on January 31, 2011 about research conducted at the University of MA Medical School showing that MRI brain scans of attendees of a eight-week meditation course exhibited actual growth in brain cell mass in four key areas of the brain associated with reaction to stress, memory and perspective, emotional intelligence, and understanding the world. The research also showed shrinkage in the brain’s region that is associated with perceiving stress.

Brain gain
Boston Globe
– 1/31/11

This latest study follows 30 years of scientific research to prove the tremendous benefits and healing influence of meditation on the body and mind.
Other recent research examples includes:

It’s my sincere hope that this scientific work will inspire more people to take up the practice of meditation.


Richard Geller
Founder and President
 
 

MINUTE MEDITATION
Late Winter Visualization

Take a brief mental vacation from the winter doldrums and all your momentary stressors and focus on that beautiful place in nature where you’ve gone or will be going to with the turn of the seasons: at the ocean, in the woods, on a mountain, etc. Pick one particular spot, and keep it for the entire meditation session.

In this technique the object of focus is an image or picture that you create and hold using your imagination. See how clearly you can picture the details of the whole panorama of your chosen spot: the light, the shadow, the colors, any movement such as wind or waves. View the space from 180 degrees, from the far left to the far right, and out to the horizon.

Don’t be concerned if it’s vague, and disappears after a few seconds. Just build it right back again to the best of your ability, and try your best. As with all meditation techniques, when other thoughts or distractions appear, just mindfully notice them, let them go by, and return your attention to re-creating and holding the visualization picture.

Include in the image a picture of you sitting in this beautiful place practicing meditation with no one else around. Continue with the practice for a few minutes, and then begin the final stage of the exercise: the dissolution.

The outer edges of the image now starts to slowly dissolve, and the scene is shrinking smaller and smaller, coming in towards the image of your body sitting there. When the entire picture has disappeared, then visualize that your body starts to dissolve also: from your head downwards, from your feet upwards, and from the sides coming in. Until finally there’s just a tiny circle of light in your heart area, and then that finally disappears too.

Then rest for a few minutes in that calm, dissolved place, and practice pure mindfulness: noticing and letting go by whatever feelings or thoughts arise.



CLIENT CORNER:
MedWorks at the Home for Little Wanderers


The Home for Little Wanderers is a nationally renowned non-profit child and family service agency. It is the oldest agency of its kind in the nation, originally founded as a Boston orphanage in 1799. The Home today plays a leadership role in delivering services to thousands of children and families each year through a system of residential, community-based and prevention programs.

MedWorks recently trained the corporate management staff at their Boston headquarters as well as a number of program managers, clinicians, and others at their Roslindale and Waltham locations.

Some of the feedback from these classes:

“I can use these skills to decompress after stressful events, to re-energize when I’m fatigued. I also plan to teach these skills to clients who could very much benefit from this practice.”

“The teaching and content of the classes were very helpful and exceeded my expectations.”

“Super valuable for mental health providers.”






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