Welcome to the Healing House in Scottsdale, where we offer a unique blend of integrative, holistic therapies to help you resolve your ailments and find your way to good health. Of all the services we offer, we truly believe that meditation coaching should be one of the first steps you take on your path to healing. Learn more
Types of Meditation We Teach
We generally focus our coaching sessions on what is commonly called mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation works by focusing our thoughts on our breath, and by utilizing concentration exercises to help us calm the limbic system (our ‘fight or flight’ response center), as well as by normalizing the stress of excessive thinking. However, holistic medicine means we always look at each patient based on their individual needs, and therefore we sometimes will vary our approach to coaching meditation accordingly.
At Healing House, we begin your practice by teaching what is popularly called “mindfulness meditation.” Mindfulness meditation is perhaps the most researched form of meditation, and it is particularly well-known for for its broad medical application. Thankfully, it is also very to easy to learn. Our approach emphasizes a demystification of the exact physiological mechanisms involved with meditation. When you begin your meditation training with our expert, you will be guided through a very clear and basic understanding of exactly has been going on in your brain to make your life more stressful, and how meditation addresses those brain disharmonies. All those fears, worries, physical ailments, and mental distractions that are constantly bothering your sleep, work, and peace of mind will suddenly seem within your field of control. We will walk you through what exactly you’re trying to achieve with meditation, what it accomplishes for your brain and body, and exactly how to begin your own practice.
Once you have a good handle on the basic physical mechanics of meditation, your meditation coach will select a few techniques that are easy and appropriate for your individual needs. Your lifestyle and the time you’ll have available to dedicate to your new practice will be carefully considered, and a customized approach will be developed just for you. After just a few sessions with your expert coach, you will learn that you really can learn to quiet your thoughts and emotions. It takes practice, but peace is available to all of us.
The common name for meditation that moves and strengthens the Qi is “Qi Gong.” Qi Gong usually refers to an ancient Chinese form of exercise that predates Tai Chi. It has been researched for its positive effects on health, and preliminary findings are compelling — it seems to help with balance, anxiety, depression, stress, and even hypertension.
However, it is possible to move and strengthen the Qi just by sitting still and using your mind. Both methods — internal and external — are helpful and important. At Healing House, we teach both approaches to normalizing the flow of Qi.
After you’ve mastered the basics of meditation, you might find that you are ready to incorporate more energy work into your practice. Meditation can help you to move, balance and increase the flow of Qi in your body. In this one-on-one session, your meditation trainer will take your meditation to the next step by teaching you about the major energy centers and meridians that flow through your body, and how they can be developed to create a strong feeling of emotional well-being, balance, and general good health.
Of course, acupuncture, reflexology, healing technologies, and other modalities can be tremendously helpful for helping to move the Qi as well. At Healing House, we recommend integrating all of these methods to help you to heal. But if you can use your own mind to direct the flow of Qi, strengthen it, and harmonize it, you can heal your body wherever you are or whatever you’re doing. That’s an amazing skill set for you to have! That’s why we encourage our patients to practice this form of energy work.
At Healing House, we see meditation as a three-step process: 1) calm the mind, 2) harmonize and strengthen the flow of Qi using the mind, and 3) extend your newfound joy, what we call the “Radiant Mind,” to the rest of the world. In Advanced Meditation, we focus on the third part of this process.
In Advanced Meditation, we look to ancient Chinese meditation traditions to find a simple way to achieve the blissful state of abundant joy. In ancient China, it was understood that to achieve the bliss of the Radiant Mind, one needs to first root yourself and gather what they called the “Earth Qi.” At the same time, it was also necessary to connect yourself through your internal meridian system to what the ancient Chinese called “Heaven Qi,” and gather that as well. Once you feel these energies balanced and in place, you then hold them together in the Heart Center. This is how bliss is generated. Once the Heart Qi becomes very strong, we then extend the excess Heart Qi to the rest of the world. This is what generates the “Radiant Mind.” It is how we balance what is called the “Human Qi,” and the Qi of the whole world.
While these terms might sound vaguely mystical or even religious in nature, they are not meant to be, and there’s no need to take them that way. They are really just symbols or visualization tools to help direct our thought processes.
These terms may also represent a need that we all have to normalize our existential sense of self in the world we live in. Advanced Meditation truly helps us to address the uniquely human problem of being self-aware. As a human being, we tend to see ourselves as somehow separate from the natural world, and we tend to gaze upwards for answers to our mortality. Our disconnect from these primal sources of Qi can have us feeling anxious, confused, lost, or even depressed. So meditation at its deepest level must address the imbalances created by human consciousness itself. Learning to gather and protect the Heaven, Earth, and Heart Qi is how we balance these forces within us. By doing so, we create a sense of oneness within ourselves that is truly hard to express. This oneness allows the Radiant Mind to extend outwards.
When we can learn to follow these three principles: 1) calm the mind, 2) harmonize and strengthen the flow of Qi using the mind, and 3) extend the “Radiant Mind,” then three wonderful possibilities become available to us. First, we can protect ourselves from the negative energies of the world. This is an incredibly important skill to develop! How many times have you felt energetically attacked by a person, a situation, or an event in your life? In Advanced Meditation, you will learn how to protect yourself from these energetic attacks. Not only that, but secondly, you will learn how to develop a blissful reserve of “Heart Qi.” This is the Qi that makes us feel like we are exploding with joy and compassion towards others. It creates the “Radiant Mind.” And last of all, you will learn how to extend your easily restored reserve of positive “Heart Qi” out towards others. In this way, we can do more than just heal ourselves — we can heal the rest of humanity and the world as well.
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