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Newsletter Dated: 4/3/2005 6:33:00 PM
Subject: The Power of Meditation
The Power of Meditation
Written By Stacey Chillemi
Web site: www.authorsden.com/staceydchillemi
Meditation is a technique to help you focus your attention to help you feel calm, relaxed, and stress-free. Meditation gives you a clear consciousness about yourself as a person and a clear understanding of your life.
Meditation has been practiced around the world for thousands of years. It is practiced with the idea that it has positive effects on health. The two most commonly used meditation techniques are concentrative and mindful.
•Concentrative meditation focuses on a single image, sound, mantra (words spoken or sung in a pattern), or your own breathing.
•Mindful meditation does not focus on a single purpose; rather, you are aware of all thoughts, feelings, sounds, or images that pass through your mind.
Mediation helps you to relax. Most of us has done meditation by participating in conscious relaxation, such as a relaxing bubble bath or a quiet shower. Maybe during an exercise class or when you felt tense and you took a couple of deep breathes to com yourself down.
Mediation starts by paying attention to our breathing. You start by focusing completely on our breathing takes our minds away from the "thousand thoughts that fly through out our head during the busy and stressful schedules that we have" these thoughts constantly tries to enter our mind each day and block up from relaxing and being calm.
You need to clear your mind of all thoughts, clear your mind, and relax through you breathing techniques. The process of meditation takes on its own energy. You will begin to feel a sense of peace, serenity, calmness, eventually opening yourself to new insights.
Too much stress, stress reduction, relaxes, and let it go, detach. Our lives are filled everyday with fast, stressful, fun, and exciting events. It is also challenging, trying, demanding and frightening. Our lives produce stress, emotional reactions, anxiety, worry, and anticipation. As humans, we can handle what our limit allows us too. Everybody's limit is different.
The key is to learn how to deal with your stress and not let it get the best of you. One big mistake that we all make is that we neglect ourselves because we have become so preoccupied focusing on everyone else that we forget about ourselves.
The first step to eliminating the stress in your life is learning to take time out for you.
One way of doing this is to:
1. Take a hot bubble bath for fifteen minutes. Also, place an oatmeal bath in the water.
2. Lie in the bathtub and close your eyes, take four deep breaths slowly.
3. While you are taking these deep breaths clear all thoughts from your mind. Focus on the feeling of the warm water touching your body and the breathing techniques that you are doing at that moment.
4. Think about something positive and pleasant. Envision something that makes you happy. Focus on something that makes you feel good about yourself.
5. Let go of any negative thoughts that you have stored in your mind. Just to think about one thing that makes you feel good about yourself.
6. Take four more deep breaths relax for a minute and get out of the bathtub.
7. Get dressed, go to a quiet place, and sit on the floor. Close your eyes and slowly bend forward, relaxing any tight muscles that are causing you tension. Bend to the left, stretching your arms as far as they will go, then stretch to the right, repeating the movement.
8. Take five more deep breaths and say aloud "I have the patience to change myself and become the person I want to become in life.” Say, "I am not going to let the stress I feel control me."
9. Repeat step seven and eight
10. Take five more deep breaths and listen to yourself when you are doing this exercise.
Concentrate on yourself while doing this exercise. Do not let any distractions impose on your quiet time. Do not think about anything except this exercise and the techniques it involves.
Popping an antidepressant is not going to make your stress go away forever. Taking a pill will make you fill better temporarily then when the pill wears off; reality sets in and we go back to our lives just the way we left it. The trick is learning to deal with our inner emotions.
We must search inside ourselves. This is where the practice of meditation comes in.
If you develop, a daily routine set some goals and become committed to practice. During your meditation time, you may "leave the moment.” A feeling of separation exists where the mind is clear, clean, and blank. You will still hear sounds around you, but they will not get in the way with your meditation.
Sometimes you may cry. You may not even be aware of what is making you cry. It is your own emotions having a voice of their own. Sometimes you may feel a smile across your face -- that is contentment showing itself. Sometimes you may fall asleep and awaken truly revitalized.
There is no right or wrong conduct during your meditation. This moment of mediation, (time for yourself) is your time. Everyone needs to give him or her personal attention. This is a self-care activity; loving oneself. Remember if you do not take care of yourself, you cannot take care of the loved ones around you.
The peace and joy felt by those who meditate enters the world for all of us as positive energy. People mediate to change and strengthen themselves. Mediations help you look at life in a positive way. You need to say to yourself, "OK, I'm going to commit myself to mediation I am not going to be lackadaisical.
This is the first step to entering the world of mediation. Believe in mediation. Believe in who you are. Be thankful each morning that you can wake up and feel the warmth of the sun and the beauty that surrounds us all. Begin you mediation with that.
WRITER: STACEY CHILLEMI
There is a whole world in front of us. This world has millions of opportunities just waiting for people such as myself to encounter. It does not matter what age you are. You can achieve anything you put your mind too.
I am an H.O.P.E. Mentor, for the Epilepsy Foundation. I have spoken at different events for schools, organizations, political events, I spoke in front of Congress in Washington and anywhere my help is needed to educate people about epilepsy. I was on four talk shows. The interviews focused on the importance of understanding what epilepsy is, how to help someone having a seizure and giving people with epilepsy encouragement and hope for the future.
I have been on radio stations discussing epilepsy and I have appeared in many newspapers all over New Jersey such as, The Leader, Belleville Post and the Star Ledger. In addition, on June 26, 2002, I was honored an award by the Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey for Outstanding Volunteer Award.
I have received awards in my achievements and certificates in recognition for outstanding efforts in trying to improve society. I have been an active participant in organizations and activities. I have been a role model to many individuals.
I have written many articles on epilepsy, such as How Exercise Can Help Your Seizures, Coping with Epilepsy, Can Women with Epilepsy Have Babies and Why Children Have Seizures. She has also written self-help articles, such as 10 Steps to Self-confidence, Seven Steps to Loving Yourself, 4 Steps to High Self-esteem and Greatest relief for stress: Take some time each day for yourself, Angel’s Helper and Coping with your Child’s Epilepsy.
I have appeared three times on News 12 on the talk show New Jersey Women and has had articles written about her efforts to help people with epilepsy. I have contributed time in helping people with epilepsy and making society more aware of the disorder. I have had epilepsy for 27 years.
You can find my website with samples of my work.
“Epilepsy You’re Not Alone.” Epilepsy You’re Not Alone is an inspirational self- help book that teaches people with epilepsy how to live a healthy and productive life. The book shares encouraging stories and gives readers a workable program for coping with their disorder enabling readers to overcome their disorder and get on with their lives.
"My Mommy Has Epilepsy". The book helps educate children and help them understand what they can do if a friend or love one is having a seizure. There are so many myths that still roam through our society about epilepsy. It gives children and their family truth; medical facts explained in simplistic terminology so there is a clear understanding about epilepsy.
“Eternal Love: Romantic Poetry That Comes Straight from the Heart”.
“Epilepsy and Pregnancy: What Every Women Should Know”, Co-authored by Dr. Blanca Vasques. Through my efforts, I have been able to show other women that it is not impossible to become a mother. I have given women and couples hope and a new look on life. Epilepsy is just a disorder. Your life does not end because you have epilepsy.
“Faith, Courage, Wisdom Strength and Hope: Inspirational Poetry that comes from the Heart”. Scheduled to be released May 2005.
From The Critics
Lad - Star Ledger Newspaper
Chillemi is the author of epilepsy you're not alone, an inspirational book written for people living with epilepsy. inspired by her own battles with epilepsy, Chillemi wrote a book to give those coping with the disorder greater self esteem, hope and motivation to continue living normal life’s.
Kathleen Wells - Epilepsy You're Not Alone, 05/12/2000
Stacey was on their talk show New Jersey women sharing her experiences concerning epilepsy and her book.
Regina Mcenery - Epilepsy You're Not Alone, 08/19/1997
Stacey has a different attitude about life. No longer, shy about divulging her medical history. She is now hard at work on a book about her condition, hoping to dispel some of the unfortunate myths that have made it difficult for epileptics to keep jobs and friends.
Jo-Ann Reccoppa - Epilepsy You're Not Alone, 05/17/2000
the vivacious young mother does not believe in self-pity. Rather, Stacey believes in helping herself, thereby helping others with epilepsy in the process.
Wyatt Olson - Epilepsy You're Not Alone, 05/09/2000
Stacey Chillemi knows how defeating epilepsy can seem.
A reviewer, July 26, 2004,
LEARNING TO COPE WITH EPILEPSY
A reviewer, someone who reads many books. Epilepsy is a very hard disorder to live with emotionally, physically and mentally. Epilepsy Your Not Alone shows you how to cope with the disorder, look at life positively and gives you the inspiration you need to get on with your life. I recommend it to people who have the disorder, family members and friends.
My name is Donna, and I just want you to know that I bought your book a few years ago and it was very encouraging to me, really did get a lot out of it. I'd recommend it to anyone else who has E, and his or her family members who'd want to understand what it's like to live with this condition. It surely does help to know we're not alone in this.
I just finished your book Epilepsy; You're not Alone and thought I'd tell you how much I appreciated it. The positive attitude was very refreshing and a welcome change from the 'Why me?' stories that I read so often.
finally, an epilepsy book from a personal perspective
this book is an excellent self-help book from the perspective of someone who has epilepsy. All too often in books about epilepsy the point of view is that of a physician who personally does not deal with epilepsy on a day-to-day basis. It's nice to read what fellow epileptics have done in order to better cope with epilepsy. The personal accounts are inspirational.
Della Cruz Anchor/Reporter, Talk Show Host for News 12, February 11, 2002,
'Life deals us many hard blows that we often don't expect. I admire the fact that someone like Stacey Chillemi was thrown a curve ball that may have knocked many of us down to the point where many of us may not have wanted to get back up, but she did. It wasn't easy but she possesses a determined spirit that won't let her give up. For that reason Stacey will go far and achieve whatever dreams she sets her mind to accomplish.’ Della Crew
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