About c95649x1

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far c95649x1 has created 27 blog entries.

Start Here to Find Real Happiness

Deepak Chopra, M.D., author and pioneer in the field of mind body medicine, quotes a study of risk factors for heart disease done by the Massachusetts Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Surprisingly, the #1 risk factor was job dissatisfaction, and #2 was a low sense of personal happiness. Many years ago, both of these risks were very much a part of my life. The year was 1974. I was 26 years old, and my wife of three years had died a sudden tragic death. And at the time, I was employed in a career that brought me little satisfaction. How to grow happiness Fortunately, things turned around. One evening, a month after my wife’s passing, I went with a friend to a lecture that introduced us to the nature and benefits of meditation. It sounded promising and I realized that I had little to lose so both my friend and I enrolled in the course. We attended a 1.5 hour meeting on four consecutive days. It didn’t take long for the effects of meditation to show up. Just a few hours after my first meditation experience, I found myself spontaneously skipping through a restaurant on the way to the cash register after eating! I felt exhilarated and didn’t know why. What was happening? This unexpected feeling of euphoria wasn’t preceded by any accomplishment or achievement. And I wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Sometime later I learned that these experiences are not uncommon when people begin to add meditation to their daily lives. Now not everyone experiences such exhilaration after one meditation; most however begin to soon notice moments when they are happy for no apparent reason. They are just happy with life. The ancient cultures from where Effortless Meditation™ comes explain that the nature of life is bliss. Life is not meant to be filled with chronic stress and unhappiness. And yet today, many are so overwhelmed trying to accomplish everything on their “To Do” lists that they’ve lost the ability to enjoy life. To the rescue comes pharmaceutical companies who make billions annually on medications for anxiety and depression. The good news is that we have the power within to find lasting happiness. The remedy: Tap into the reservoir of happiness and freedom that already exists in your mind with the addition of a simple personal hygiene practice. This reservoir of well-being isn’t found on the surface, the conscious thinking level of your mind. That’s why most people are not aware of it. It exists at the depths of the mind, the source of your thought. A short example might help. Do an online search of tsunamis in Southeast Asia, and you’ll find articles about people scuba diving during some of the most horrific storms. They had a splendid day diving and when they surface, they were shocked to see wreckage and chaos. Like that, peace, joy, relaxation and well-being exists deep below the surface of the conscious thinking stress filled mind. A Key: Subject [...]

By |2019-01-29T15:39:24+00:00June 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Rx for What Ails Us: Choose Peace

“The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.” – Mother Teresa There has never been a greater need for peace in the world than right NOW. Mother Teresa was right on. Watch the news or observe conversations and human interactions around you, and you’ll experience the frustration, judgments, and conflicts that permeate our lives. We have a curable dis-ease; we focus on our perceived lack and individual differences rather than our abundance and our similarities. Our small ego self rears its combative head and sees competition, challenge, and threats everywhere. We then choose to isolate from those who may seem different and then fear grows. Our emotional heart, on the other hand, wants to unite us. The heart desires peace and love. Imagine a world where we looked at all the peoples of the world as brothers and sisters. What if we were in touch with our abundance and similarities? After all, isn’t the world a collection of human beings with families, hopes, fears, loves, and sorrows just like ours. Imagine a world where the family circle that Mother Teresa refers to is expanded. A world where everyone is loved as family. It is not only possible to have this enlightened vision of life, it comes naturally if we allow it. We need only to surrender to our heart’s nature – choose peace. You may ask, how do we do that? Choosing Peace I feel blessed to have discovered meditation 40+ years ago. At the time, I was not looking it. I didn’t do a Google search, there was no Google; there were no personal computers. One evening, a good friend invited me to a meditation introduction class. Having nothing else to do, I went. The teacher conducting the class surprised me with a comment that still resonates in my mind; he said “there’s something missing in most people’s lives. The missing element is inside, not out there in the world.” By nurturing our inner life with meditation, he said, every aspect of our life would improve beyond what we thought was possible. Much to my delight, he was correct. During Effortless Meditation™ my mind quiets down EFFORTLESSLY. And let me assure you, if I can do it you can too. The mind at its quietest is completely still – there are no thoughts. At those moments, our body rests more deeply than in sleep while simultaneously our mind is awake. This is deep restful awareness. In this experience, our ego drops away and our heart expands. These are moments when we are truly at peace. This stillness is our Higher Self from which joy, inspiration, love and positive energy come. The glory of our meditation practice is that the peace of our higher self comes with us after meditation ends. In the same way that we always leave a swimming pool wet. There’s always water sticking to our body. Choosing peace becomes easy and natural once we begin to meditate every [...]

By |2019-01-29T15:43:37+00:00March 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How to Improve Your Love Life

Imagine walking down the street and having only $5.00 in your pocket and not much more in your bank account – tough times. Your best friend, approaches and dejectedly asks if you could give him a couple dollars – he looks distressed. Since it’s a dear friend, you reach into your wallet and give him $2.00, however you feel strained because your resources were significantly depleted. Now, what if you were a millionaire and the same scenario played out. A close friend begs you for a few dollars. How would you respond this time? You’d be delighted to help. The difference in your response to your friend’s plea for help has nothing to do with their request. Your reaction has everything to do with what you have available to give. When I’m tired or stressed out, it influences the way I to respond to everyone including those I love. The bottom line is that to improve our love life, we need to take care of ourselves in the most fundamental ways. We must have something to give. We need adequate rest; we need energy to handle the demands that come our way. Those of you who regularly practice Effortless Meditation™ (EM) find there is more love in your heart and in your life after you incorporated meditation into your daily life. With each meditation, you culture tender qualities of both heart and mind. You have more to give, more love, energy, and happiness. Relationships spontaneously improve without trying to make them better. Continuing to meditate, ideally twice each day for 15 to 20 minutes, you begin to feel so good inside that your joy and happiness bubbles out. As an example a new client commented, after meditating just a few days, that during a meditation he almost laughed. There was no apparent reason – he was not recalling a humorous incident. He was just sitting alone in a room meditating with his eyes closed and feeling so good that he chuckled. Herein lies a key to improving your love life. Meditate daily to reduce the stress in your life and to tap into and release the unlimited love, light, and compassion inside you. With this abundance of love available, you will be like the millionaire who was thrilled to help his friend in a time of distress. Life is gratifying when your heart is filled with love. Follow the simple suggestions presented here and you can have such a life. Greg Schweitzer Stress Reduction Resources, Director

By |2019-01-29T15:43:53+00:00February 3rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

7 Tips for a Healthy Winter

Winter presents challenges in the Northeast, and it also has charm. The pace of life slows in the winter. Do you notice and appreciate the stillness brought on with snow? Nature seems to take a deep sigh from the frenzy of the warmer months. As an engineering student in college, I learned that cold creates order and contracts while heat expands and excites. Just compare the crystalline nature of a snowflake or an ice cube to a pot of boiling water – you get the picture. Align yourself with the forces of nature So, get in step with the season. Winter is an excellent time to slow down a bit to bring order and balance to your life. Add some quiet time to your day; even a few minutes or several conscious breaths will have an impact. You may enjoy the influence of quiet so much that you will make it part of your daily routine. (For those meditating regularly, the value of this inner stillness is quite apparent to you.) Here are additional steps that you can take to enhance your health and enjoyment this winter. These recommendations are time tested; they come to us from ancient Ayurvedic health care. Regular schedules and routines are helpful during any season, however they are particularly valuable during the winter. Favor warm, heavier foods in the blustery cold winter months. Stay hydrated, if you’re feeling thirsty, pay attention and drink. Just a few sips of room temperature water will often be enough. Reduce your intake of dry foods & dry snacks in winter months. Minimize cold drinks especially ice cold ones. Keep your head and neck covered while outdoors. If these sound like common sense suggestions, great. Your natural instincts are right on. Now, take action on them and you’ll have a healthier, more joy filled winter. Greg Schweitzer Director, Stress Reduction Resources

By |2019-01-29T15:44:07+00:00January 7th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How to Be Cool Without Trying [Effortless Meditation™]

I’m often asked by new meditators, “Why isn’t everyone doing this?” It’s an excellent question and one that still perplexes me, even after 40+ years of daily meditation experience. I am not alone in my wonder. What is cool? Mehmet Oz, M.D. made an interesting and insightful comment in a TV discussion. He was lamenting the state of wellness in our country. He said that to his amazement many people’s eyes glaze over at the mention of health. “We need to let people know that it is cool to be healthy,” says Dr. Oz. “It’s cool to sleep well, and wake up refreshed and happy. It’s cool to be mentally alert and enthusiastic about your day. It’s cool to be filled with energy and not drag yourself through the day tired and cranky. It’s cool to have good relationships with family, friends, and coworkers.” In order to be really cool, we need to be at the top of our game. For that, we have to treat ourselves well. We need to be healthy. So how do we do that and still attend to the relentless demands on our time? It’s my opinion that many give up on their health because it seems so hard to be healthy. Move, exercise your body regularly. Eat healthy food rich in vital nutrients, and minimize your intake of sugars and processed foods. We are what we eat. We’ve heard these cornerstones of healthy living for decades, however it does not appear that our collective health has improved all that much. Here’s what’s wrong. Arguably, we’ve overlooked the most essential ingredient for being well! Rest is an Enzyme of Life – often short-changed We must also rest. Quality sleep is vital to clear the body of stress and fatigue, and refuel us for the demands of the new day. Rest is an enzyme of life as necessary to us as the air we breathe. To enjoy the dynamic activity of our daily life, we need balance and that comes with rest. Here’s a self-care supplement to bring it all together. Many have said it’s the best investment they’ve ever made – Effortless Meditation™ instruction. It will do wonders if you add it to your daily routine. Many report that they sleep better, their mind is clearer, and their mental and physical health have improved. These statements are based upon my own personal experience with meditation and from hearing from and observing thousands of others that I’ve taught to meditate over these many years. Our daily meditation practice recharges our batteries for the day ahead. We’re more alert, patient, enthusiastic, and far healthier. Those who meditate daily spontaneously notice these and countless other benefits. And without trying, they begin to make better lifestyle choices that further improve their health. They eat better, exercise more frequently, stop smoking, and they are more patient and kind. Those who meditate notice that they handle the stress of daily life more effectively. They are more resilient. It’s no wonder that [...]

By |2019-01-29T15:45:20+00:00November 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Fertilizer for Growth: Be Still

When introduced to meditation in 1974, I was skeptical. As an engineer, skepticism came naturally. Yet, the meditation instructor who had just given an introductory lecture was convincing. Do Less, Accomplish More Meditation, he said, was one activity that would enhance every aspect of our lives. In the same way that watering the root feeds the entire plant. In contrast, trying to enhance the quality of each leaf, stem, and flower separately is inefficient and not as effective as simply watering the root. I decided to learn to meditate. My life was in turmoil. What did I have to lose? There was a fee for his meditation course, but I told myself that if it didn’t work, it would not be my first disappointment. It was worth the small financial risk. If half of what this teacher said was true, I’d be happy. Well, many years later, I’m pleased to report that everything he said was right-on. What he taught me was how to be still. I learned a mental technique, meditation, to quiet my busy stressed out mind. Much to my delight, I found that my mind effortlessly calmed down during meditation. More importantly, there was more peace and joy in my life after meditating. Meditation is... An analogy is helpful to explain the role of meditation. (There are many styles of meditation. I’m describing the one that I practice and teach – Effortless Meditation™.) Anyone who has ever seen the ocean knows that the surface always has some degree of turbulence. If a big storm comes up it could be overwhelming – perhaps 50 foot high waves. Such turbulence often brings destruction to anything in its path, and yet deep beneath the ocean’s wild surface the water is quiet, calm. Scuba divers tell us how peaceful and charming the ocean is at its depths even during storms. Our mind is like that. On the surface of the conscious “chattering” mind, we have many thoughts especially when we’re under stress. Effortless Meditation™ is a mental technique that helps the active conscious mind settle down so that we can experience the stillness and calm at the mind’s core. Our peaceful, calm mind is fertilizer for personal growth. It nourishes us while recharging our batteries with energy for the activity that follows our meditation. A client once wrote, “Meditation is like a mini vacation, and now I’m vacationing every day.” With each meditation, we draw the influence of meditation into our active life. In the same way that water sticks to our body when we come out of a swimming pool, the energy, calm and well-being experienced in meditation stays with us after our meditation session ends. The Need of the Times The need for this experience has never been greater than today. Observe as you walk down the street or into a restaurant, or even while driving, people’s heads looking down at their smart phones. They are multitasking, trying to squeeze more out of every moment. Life is so busy [...]

By |2019-01-29T15:45:37+00:00September 14th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Is Your Pitta Raging? – Ayurveda 101

We’re well into the heat of summer, and it’s a good time to take advantage of the wisdom of our ANGER - Woman Yellingancestors. Ayurveda, the world’s oldest system of natural medicine, gives us insights that help us deal effectively with most anything that ails you. Summer is Pitta season in Ayurveda. The elements of Pitta dosha are fire and water. If you have a strong aversion to hot weather, you probably have a lot of Pitta in your constitution. Those of you who know that Pitta is dominant in your body type should be especially mindful of the need to balance your fiery nature at this time of year. During this season, pitta (fire) more easily accumulates and causes problems. If Pitta is over-abundant in your life, as it tends to get in Pitta season, it can often lead to anger, irritability, impatience, and sarcastic, cutting remarks. When in balance, Pitta types usually have sharp intellects and strong digestion. These are two of their greatest assets. They also have a competitive enterprising nature, and they are often articulate speakers. To balance the fiery influences of this Pitta season, Pitta types will especially benefit from doing the following things that will bring cooling influences to their lives: Avoiding excess sun exposure is helpful. Wise Pittas types usually look for shade at the beach while some of their friends lie in the sun all afternoon. Regular rest and sleep is very important for Pittas. It complements their hard driving nature. Meditation is a key lifestyle fundamental that helps them stay calm, balanced and rested. Pittas have a special need to “cool their brain” in the summer. Cooling foods are important at this time of year, as opposed to hot spicy foods. Fresh fruits and raw vegetables are very good in moderation (think salads). They are ample at this time of year and they keep us cool. Most Pittas love melons for this reason. Exercise is good for Pitta types in moderation. Pittas need to be especially mindful not to let their aggressive tendencies take over in hot weather. Excessive overheating exercise aggravates Pitta. Swimming is a good option. Spend time in the beauty of nature, it’s calming; laugh and make time for family and friends. Be cool. For more information about the health enhancing wisdom and benefits of Ayurveda, search for an Ayurvedic physician or practitioner. They will help you determine your body type, and teach you how to restore balance in your life. A good introductory book on the subject is Deepak Chopra, M.D.’s classic, Perfect Health: The Complete Mind Body Guide.

By |2019-01-29T15:45:55+00:00July 28th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

BE Your Best Self

We’re all born geniuses, life degeniuses us. – Buckminster FullerFor most of her life, Mary said she felt like a “human doing.” She was constantly striving for greater satisfaction by doing more. The pace of her life was rapid fire and relentless. Now, recognizing that stress was taking its toll, she was looking for relief. Most everyone wants more in life – more happiness, satisfaction, love, and success. But is it possible to have success without being overwhelmed? The answer is YES, however to avoid burnout, we must be at our best. How to become your best self I recall a provocative statement made by a teacher in 1974. He said that there’s something missing in most people’s lives. The good news was that the missing element is inside us. Explore and nurture it, and everything will get better, he promised. He was right on. My life significantly improved when I acted on his proclamation. He said that we didn’t have to change our behaviors or beliefs, we just needed to develop our potential for success. The approach that he promoted was meditation. Although I knew little about meditation, it made sense. If our nervous system is depleted by overwhelm and stress, our ability to perform will be compromised. Also, everything that we achieve will be colored by the tension that we’re experiencing. This should not be the price that we pay for success. While the stress response hijacks the brain, the teacher explained that the deep rest experienced during meditation heals it. The practice of Effortless Meditation allows our mind to settle down, becoming quieter and quieter, and bringing a level of healing rest to the central nervous system and its control tower – the brain. People routinely report after beginning an Effortless Meditation practice that they are happier, sleeping better, and thinking more clearly. They’re less anxious and all aspects of their health improve – mental, physical, and emotional. One man said that since starting a daily meditation practice, he was falling in love with life again. A woman was delighted because her brain fog was lifting and her memory improving after just a two weeks. A Key A key to being our best self is to bring balance into our lives. Adding two short periods of Effortless Meditation™ each day is a formula to do just that. The practice restores energy, vitality, and well-being. This is an inside job. Start by healing your nervous system and brain. It can be an effortless and enjoyable process. A daily meditation practice is one simple step that will set in motion a cascade of positive changes. In short order, subtle and powerful benefits will be showing up in your life. Greg Schweitzer

By |2019-01-29T15:47:53+00:00June 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Feeling weary? Come home with Effortless Meditation™

A first year meditation client told me that she had stopped meditating for a few weeks while traveling on vacation. Her comment did not surprise me, however what was surprising to me was my response; I asked her why she started again? “I could never give this up,” she replied. Over my years of teaching, I’ve heard many similar comments. What keeps her returning to the practice is the same allure that gets all of us. Sitting down for Effortless Meditation is like coming back home at the end of the work day. Our meditation delivers us to a welcome oasis of peace and calm; and the great news is that it exists inside us. There’s nothing to strive for. Stress: the black plague Throughout the day, we’re all bombarded with so much information and demands. What’s often overlooked or is not understood, is that there’s a piece of us that goes with every encounter. Workplace stress has been called the black plague of the 21st century by one of the largest HR firm’s in Europe. Do you know anyone consumed by the hustle and bustle of daily life? Of course you do. This is hurry sickness. It’s an epidemic in the U.S., and it leads to sorrow, worry, anxiety, depression, anger, sleepless nights, fatigue, high blood pressure… No one is immune. Many years ago, I was an Industrial Engineer working for a large food manufacturer. I carried a stop watch. My job was to help our workers be productive by finding more efficient ways for them to do their jobs. I created stress! Not surprisingly, I took a lot of pressure home with me. But wasn’t this normal? It seemed that everyone I knew disliked or at best, complained about their job. A dramatic turn took place when, in 1974, I learned to meditate. In the first week after starting a daily meditation practice, I noticed that I was looking forward to meditating at the end of the workday. Each meditation was taking my attention from my world filled with thoughts and tension to an experience of inner silence and peace. My teacher referred to this state as pure awareness. The core or true self There were times during meditation that I was awake and alert without thinking. My mind was calm and grounded, not distorted by thought. This is our core or true self, the essence of who we are. In this place, all is well, you are home. I’ve continued to return to this sweet spot twice daily (10, 15 or 20 minutes in meditation) for the past 40+ years. It has changed my life in so many positive ways. I invite you to join me. Everyone who does has an exponentially more satisfying, fulfilling, and healthier life. Guaranteed. What I want is to leap out of this personality and then sit apart from that leaping — I’ve lived too long where I can be reached. — RUMI

By |2019-01-29T15:47:14+00:00April 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

How to Find Greater Happiness

Most everyone would like more happiness. As a young man, I like most others looked for happiness HAPPY Womanthrough achievement, and was I disappointed! For starters, graduating from college and getting married brought no lasting satisfaction. Fortunately, in my mid-twenties, I met a wise teacher who told me that there’s a deeper truth to finding joy. His teachings changed the direction of my life. It’s all inside – be quiet He said the nature or essence of life is bliss. (Bliss is unbounded joy or happiness, i.e. big joy.) And, by cleansing our nervous systems of stress through meditation, we could reclaim the reservoir of well-being and joy that exists inside us. This bold declaration motivated me to take his meditation course, and ultimately become a meditation teacher. That was over 40 years ago. After just my first meditation, I was calmer, more at ease. I continued to meditate every day, growing in happiness and inner peace. This good feeling was not due to anything changing in my world other than my daily meditation practice. I hadn’t won the lottery or gotten a fabulous raise in salary. Now, I was just happy. To my surprise, smiling and laughter was coming easily. Similar experiences come for everyone through Effortless Meditation™ practice. Recently, a couple who expressed concerns about the tension in their marriage, noticed after only a few days of meditation practice that they were more patient with each other. They also realized that they were sleeping better and happier for no apparent reason. THAT’S IT! Happiness doesn’t need a reason to exist in your life. Happiness is a state of being. It’s our birthright. Isn’t this obvious in our children? My four-year old granddaughter is delight personified. She doesn’t need anything to make her joyful, her happiness just is. She’s excited by life – a silly expression, a new idea, a song, jumping up and down, almost anything brings a twinkle to her eye, laughter, and enthusiasm. She exudes joy; she can’t contain it. It bubbles out of her. Wouldn’t you like to have more of that in your life? It’s not only possible; you deserve it. In Guardians of Being: Spiritual Teachings from Our Dogs and Cats, author Eckhart Tolle states that “true happiness is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things.” Such as your dog running playfully through a meadow, or your child wiggling with excitement. “But to be aware of these little quiet things, (says Tolle), we need to be quiet inside. A high degree of alertness is required. Be still. Look. Listen. Be present.” Cultivating happiness and inner peace How do you achieve this inner alertness and quietness? It’s really easier that you think. To cultivate it, learn to meditate, or do some yoga, stop talking and just listen, or walk mindfully through a forest. Another exercise: observe your surroundings as you stroll silently without trying to get anywhere. Each of these will all quiet your chattering conscious thinking mind. The deep truth is that beyond the [...]

By |2019-01-29T15:47:29+00:00March 4th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments
Load More Posts