At the beginning of April, at our Hearing Experts Alliance mastermind retreat, I led my first guided meditation session ever. I was leading a group that consisted of not only my most esteemed colleagues, but also a couple of experienced medication teachers. After months of training and years of interest in the practice, to say that I was nervous up there in front of my peers would be an understatement. But as the anxiety mounted, the words of one of my own teachers bubbled up in my mind.
“Meditation is not about getting muting your noisy mind, or eliminating all the distractions of daily life,” he had said to the class during a talk, “Meditation is about rising above them.”
It may seem minor, but that was the epiphany that convinced me—after more than a year of a serious, committed meditation practice—to become a meditation teacher myself. After getting into meditation to help me cope with the stress of my day-to-day, I’d already begun to realize the immense benefits of the practice: a fostering of mindfulness and compassion for myself and others, a better understanding of the workings of my own mind, and, of course, drastically reduced stress. But after that statement hit me like a thunderclap, I suddenly realized that I couldn’t keep these benefits to myself; I wanted to share them with my patients, with my peers, with the world at large.
Like many other folks, I dabbled with meditation for years before understanding what it was all about. Back in 2007, I started following the blogs and guidance of Leo Babauta, a thought leader in day-to-day mindfulness and lived zen practice. It seemed like everybody was talking about how good meditation was for you, how essential it was for thriving in our chaotic world, but either I didn’t quite get it or wasn’t yet convinced. Sure, I’d do a little yoga here, a guided meditation there, but I never quite got into the groove.
That is, until I participated in my friend and fellow retreat facilitator KC Carter’s Good Life Project, and jumped into his 30-day meditation challenge. It was the first time I’d kept any kind of extended streak of morning meditations, and honestly, the changes I began to experience blew my mind. From then on, I resolved to make meditation an integral part of my daily life.
But what can meditation offer to my patients? Well, for one thing, it can do wonders when coupled with hearing treatment, sharpening your attention and maximizing the benefits of hearing aids. Perhaps even more importantly, it has been shown to substantially reduce the psychological impacts of tinnitus, teaching patients to “rise above” the white noise and take control of their lives. Frankly, though, meditation has a lot to offer absolutely anyone willing to dive in and discover what it can do.
If you’re interested in learning more about meditation, don’t hesitate to reach out. Or, to schedule a complimentary consultation and learn how hearing treatment can help you stave off hearing loss, give me a call at 617-934-6987, or click the link below. I’d love to hear from you!
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