In the last 20 years, thousands of scientific studies on meditation have been conducted at universities all over the world. The results of these studies show that meditation has many psychological benefits: it decreases depression, decreases anxiety, improves attention, and increases feelings of well-being. Medically, it has been consistently shown to decrease blood pressure, increase immune functioning, and decrease physical symptoms of stress.
But what exactly is meditation, and how do you go about doing it?
Despite its growing popularity, finding clear instruction about how to meditate, or even how to proceed after you’ve begun trying can be a challenge. This meditation 101 class aims to give you a clear idea of what meditation is, what it isn't, and how to go about practicing meditation. We'll cover all of the basics, from how to maintain a comfortable seated position to what to actually do while you're sitting quietly. We'll even take some time to practice meditating and share our experiences afterwards as people feel comfortable.
About the teacher:
Paul Peterson is a community organizer and organic farmer who became interested in meditation somewhere along the way. He has studied meditation for eight years in a tradition that draws from ancient Buddhist methods and incorporates modern cognitive science. He has taught meditation to various audiences, including inmates at a federal prison in Virginia. He has also spent time on multiple meditation retreats, the most memorable being a cave in the remote wilderness of Northern Patagonia.
Paul is originally from Madison, Alabama, but after much wandering through the Western United States and South America, he has resettled in Chattanooga where he enjoys gardening, rock climbing, and spending time with his extraordinary wife, Daniela. Paul was approved as a meditation teacher by Upasaka Tucker Peck, PhD, and his lineage can be traced back to Siddhartha Gautama, aka The Buddha.