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Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. It is recently regaining popularity because of the amazing benefits to your health and well-being.
There are lots of classes and workshops for meditation available. Most only focus on your breath or being mindful/clearing your mind. For most of us, this seems an impossible task and we end up feeling that we are unable to properly meditate, leading to a feeling of failure.
Pam helps you learn to use meditation as a tool to coach and guide you through your life. We use focused breath work to help calm the parasympathetic (fight or flight/stress and anxiety) system. We help you learn to examine the thoughts (inner messages) that you simply can't get rid of to discover what your inner or higher self is trying to tell you through a guided process of self-awareness. This two pronged approach to meditation helps to make meditation more accessible for those who feel they can't meditate.
Meditation at Davison Holistic provides stress relief, clarity and is uplifting.
Sessions meet every Month around the 15th at 6:30 PM and are $10 per session.
Dive deep into yourself
Join Pam month for a custom group meditation to get more in-touch with your inner self.
Locate your Sacred Space, soothe your Inner Child or meet your future self for guidance, healing, peace and calm.
Feel that you can't meditate?
Frustrated about not getting guidance, answers or stress relief?
Pam offers individual sessions that will take you step by step
into the world of meditation in a way that really works!
Learn what the meditation facilitator means when they tell you to "close your eyes
and clear your mind."
Flexible methods to calm your parasympathetic nervous system, delve deeper into
yourself and finally discover the benefits of meditation for your physical and mental health.
Virtual or in-person options both available. $40 per session Appointment required.
"This is life changing! It's so simple but it really works! Why hasn't anyone ever explained it to me this way before? I can now say that I CAN meditate!"
One of our private students stated this after her first session. Join us and finally get the answers and guidance YOU need from the best source, YOU!
Sarah Mae will take you on a personal spiritual journey to anywhere you feel drawn to go. Reconnect with your soul, your higher self and your truth through this individual journey! 45 minutes $60
What is Joyful Spirit?
Joyful Spirit is a unique blend of mindfulness/meditation practice, sound healing, energy healing practice and a movement/exercise practice all rolled into one created by our own Pam Reynolds.
It is self-care. It is meditation. It is movement. It is self-awareness. It connects your body, mind and spirit. Most of all it is fun!
Benefits of Joyful Spirit
Joyful Spirit is a physical activity. It is an enjoyable moderate fitness/exercise practice. It gets participants “off the couch” and moving. This can help with multiple health issues in a gentle, fun way.
It is also a mindfulness/meditation practice. Participants are guided into a light meditative state, calming the mind and shifting to the parasympathetic nervous system. Benefits of this are reduction of stress, reducing blood pressure and promoting peaceful interactions. It also forges a mind/body connection improving awareness of physical and positional alignment which can help participants be more aware of issues before they become debilitating and painful.
Joyful Spirit is an energy healing practice. The human body has subtle energies that can become blocked at times. Kinetic energy from moving can help get these subtle energies moving and remove those blockages, allowing the energy field to become more balanced which allows the body to heal itself.
Because music is included in the practice, it is also a sound/vibrational healing practice. Different frequencies in music help the body to heal itself. These vibrations can also affect the vibrational level of the body.
Mental health is affected through a Joyful Spirit session. The choice of music for the session can directly affect the emotions of the participants which, in turn, affects their mood. Choosing happy, uplifting or familiar tunes can help to lessen depression symptoms and bring positive memories to mind.
Overall, Joyful Spirit brings together practices that help support body, mind, soul and spiritual growth, improvement and healing through scientifically proven techniques blended in a unique combination.
Meets the 2nd Thursday each month from 7-8 PM $10 per session
Combining meditation, movement, energy healing and music you know and love makes Joyful Spirit a fun new way to meditate!
Meditation is a key component in many of our classes, workshops and events here at Davison Holistic!
We are blessed to have some of the best meditation guides in the area to help you become more mindful, calm, open and connected.
Join us for the Grief to Serenity Support Group, a safe space for individuals who are navigating the challenging journey of grief. This in-person event will take place at Davison Holistic Therapies, where you'll find a warm and welcoming environment.
Grief is very difficult to navigate, very personal and can come from loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, loss of a home, loss of a job and so many other changes and challenges that we go through in life.
At the Grief to Serenity Support Group, you'll have the opportunity to connect with others who have experienced loss and gain support from a compassionate community. Share your stories, emotions, and coping strategies as we navigate the path from grief to serenity together.
Our experienced facilitator, Jenn Turner of Abundantly You, will guide discussions, provide resources, and offer tools and meditations to help you find solace and healing. Whether you've recently experienced loss or are still navigating the grief process, this support group is here to provide understanding, empathy, and a sense of belonging.
Don't face grief alone. Join us at the Grief to Serenity Support Group and take the first step towards healing and finding peace. Reserve your spot today and let us support you on your journey.
Grief to Serenity will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month from 7-8:30 PM. Meetings are FREE.
Meditation can help you to process the stages of grief, promoting healing.
Multiple studies over the years have shown the benefits that meditating has on your brain and overall mental wellness. Not only can it help control stress, but it can also positively impact attention span, memory, verbal fluency, processing speed, overall cognitive flexibility, conflict monitoring, and even creativity. It can especially be worthwhile as you get older to help offset the mental aging process.
Not only can meditation often provide immediate results but participating in a regular practice can bolster healthy aging. A study conducted by UCLA found that consistent meditation can result in less loss of gray matter, which allows you to control movements, retain memories, and regulate your emotions as you age.
Here are some of the reasons you should consider incorporating meditation into your retirement lifestyle.
The practice of meditation is about more than just sitting still. It’s about focusing your thoughts and your breathing — both of which help promote overall mindfulness. The American Psychological Association defines mindfulness as a “moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment.”
The benefit of such practice helps reduce rumination — or becoming stuck in negative thinking — which has been linked to a range of adverse effects, including stress, depression, memory loss, and the inability to focus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of adults ages 55 and older experience some form of anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, or mood disorders, including depression; all of which can negatively impact physical, mental, and social functioning.
While meditation has long been viewed as a way to reduce stress, it can also reduce the side effects of stress by allowing you to control your response to it. A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found that meditation can be as effective as antidepressants in reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
As you age, your immune system no longer responds to fighting off illness and disease as robustly as it did when you were younger. Recent studies on the effect of meditation on your immune system response is promising, suggesting that it can reduce inflammation, boost cell immunity, and reverse biological aging. One study from the Annals of Family Medicine even found meditation helped significantly reduce the severity and longevity of cold and flu symptoms.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30% of adults in the United States over the age of 65 experienced some form of chronic pain and 26% of all adults are projected to be diagnosed with some form of arthritis by 2040.
Mindfulness meditation helps us learn to control pain by focusing on our breathing and rewiring the brain to not ruminate. In fact, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, meditation has proven to have greater results than cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Our ability to learn, remember, and problem solve slows down as we age. Focused meditation can help improve all three, not only for people who have long been practicing, but even for those who have just started.
A study published in Psychology Today found via MRI studies that meditators had more stability in the region of the brain linked to spontaneous thoughts and mind wandering, meaning they were better able to control their thoughts and keep their mind sharp.
Your body naturally release nitric oxide in response to feeling relaxed. Nitric oxide is a compound that causes your blood vessels to expand, in turn, lowering your blood pressure.
Though the results require a sustained daily practice, studies have proven that meditation is effective in reducing blood pressure in patients — even enough to reduce the blood pressure medication doses for some patients.
The goal of meditation is to learn how to focus and control both your breathing and your mind’s tendency to wander. If you’re new to meditation, here are a few ways to get started:
As you get started, you should only aim for a couple of minutes per day and increase the amount of time you spend meditating gradually.
Focus on a task
Many people find it hard at first not to go through a list of things you need to do, a conversation you recently had, or what you’re going to do next.
Find one task to do while meditating, such as:
Find a comfortable position
You may have an image of someone sitting upright on the floor associated with how to practice meditation. But the truth is, whatever position provides the least discomfort is the best option. This could include being seated in an upright chair, reclined chair or even lying down.
If none of these are working or you find yourself falling asleep, try yoga, tai chi, walking or any exercise that allows for physical movement and mental focus.
The great benefit of meditation is you can do it from anywhere. Whether you prefer to meditate at home or in a rec center, there are a ton of great resources from audio and video recordings to classes that will help hone your focus and begin a regular meditating practice.
There are several different types of meditation that involve different techniques and provide different benefits. You can start by considering what you want to accomplish through meditation and what types of meditation are best suited to you.
5 Types of Meditation
Breathing meditation Breathing meditation uses different breathing techniques to quickly reduce stress and clear the mind. It can also help with your physical health. You can research breathing techniques on your own or find information on them through yoga studios or wellness centers.
Guided meditation A teacher or instructor guides you through your meditation through a class, recording or another form of instruction.
Mindfulness meditation Mindfulness can be practiced throughout the day by taking short moments to pause and become aware of what's happening around you. It is helpful for dealing with stressful moments in your day.
Silent meditation Also called unguided meditation, silent meditation involves meditating alone. It may be as simple as sitting quietly, alone and becoming aware of your thoughts and body for a set period of time.
Spiritual meditation Almost all religions and spiritual practices use some sort of spiritual meditation. You can practice it almost anywhere including at home or your place of worship to seek a deeper connection and understanding of your religious or spiritual beliefs.
Once you find a type of meditation that works for you, you may want to take classes or use some other form of instruction to get started.
If you feel more comfortable alone, you’ll need to research the techniques more thoroughly, perhaps using recorded instruction.
For a beginner, meditation requires you to get comfortable, prepare to sit still for a few minutes, focus on your breath and thoughts, then follow your breathing for a couple of minutes.
MLASimmons, Christian. "Meditation for Seniors." RetireGuide.com, 23 May 2023, https://www.retireguide.com/retirement-life-leisure/healthy-aging/mental-wellness/meditation/.
Meditation can help reverse the rate of aging, especially when it comes to maintaining your gray matter, which is the part of your brain that helps control movement, emotion and memory. From reducing stress, anxiety, and depression to improving our attention spans, discover how meditation can benefit you as you get older and how to get started.
Great meditation to relieve anxiety.
Beautiful Meditation to bring Peace back to you.
Start to focus on having an attitude of gratitude with this short meditation.
Meditation can help relieve stress and bring balance and clarity to your life. During this challenging time, meditation should be a part of your daily life.
Davison Holistic is offering a members only page of Audio and Video meditations that you can access at any time. Meditations include our Guided Angel Meditation, selected other meditations and will soon include specialized and targeted life coaching guided meditations by Pam to help you with gaining clarity, balance and moving forward on your journey.