According to Shannon Jacobs, “meditation refers to the ancient and contemporary techniques and practices that settle the nervous system and train the brain to be more focused, engaged, and less reactive. It is a practice that facilitates the ability to join your thoughts, words, and actions together in harmony.” A certified Meditation and Mindfulness Instructor, Shannon is dedicated to helping people restore balance and peace to their lives, one moment at a time. “Mindfulness refers to the practice of engaging your attention in the present moment: allowing your mind and senses to be full with what you are experiencing with a non-judgmental attitude. Mindfulness can be practiced formally, as a seated meditation, or in everyday activity, such as, mindful eating, walking, driving, working, etc,” says Shannon.
Knowing that learning the techniques of meditation and the practice of it have been proven helpful to caregivers, Shannon eagerly offered 4 courses to the team at Hospice of Fayette County.
According to The Art of Living website, “Meditation releases stresses which accumulate in our body and mind. Allowing stresses to build up causes ailments in the body and fatigue in the mind. Daily practice of meditation prevents this build up and heals us at all levels.”
Knowing that the team at Hospice of Fayette County cares for many community members, Shannon was sure her meditations would be of help. Sure enough, they have. Shannon’s first meditation session was about body and breath awareness. Both body and breath awareness are just that, knowing and feeling your body and breath. “Shannon talked us through a very calming and energizing session. We started with deep, slow breaths and then moved on to our body. She asked us to relieve stress and tension in each part of our body. The fifteen minutes that we were meditating felt like hours worth of rest,” said Erin Rickman, a team member at Hospice.
Anyone can learn to meditate. All you need are the following 3 ingredients:
Your willingness to take the time to do and stay with the practice
How you pay attention: using your gentle, non-judgmental attention
What you pay attention to: a point of focus- this is where meditations vary
For more information on how to relieve your stress and tension with meditation, contact Shannon Jacobs at Practical Wellness, LLC 740-572-0629.