How To Conquer Stress (Without Really Trying)

The next San Francisco class begins Thursday evening March 19th at 7:30 P.M. and continues on Saturday day the 21st for an hour of your time; then Sun Mon Tues from 7:30 until 9 P.M.
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Imagine, if just sitting quietly in a comfortable chair for a few minutes of very enjoyable deep relaxation every day could leave you feeling physically and mentally refreshed, with a calmer and more alert mind, increased energy and clearer thinking.

And as a result you found that you could achieve more with less effort, that your deepest desires began to find fulfillment and that work, recreation and relationships were more rewarding.

Don’t just imagine- these are some of the benefits gained by people worldwide practicing QuietPath Vedic Meditation.
During QPVM the mind settles into a silent and restful state and yet remains fully alert. In this peaceful, often blissful state of self-awareness, the body also gains a profoundly deep rest, much deeper then in sleep, (called by scientists a ‘restructuring state’) which allows the body’s natural healing mechanisms to function fully.

Deep rooted stresses and tensions are spontaneously dissolved, bringing relief to a wide range of health problems. Mental health is improved as the conditioning caused by past experiences is dissolved and we spontaneously begin to live more intuitively with more joy and freedom in the present moment.

You might expect something with such wide ranging benefits would be difficult to do, but Vedic Meditation is easy. Its like a twenty minute vacation. Anyone can do it, and the effects are immediate because it is a completely natural technique.

Vedic Meditation is an ancient technique, a restoration of the heart of the yoga system and the most precious knowledge because it enriches every area of life

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Quiet Path Meditation on MSN.com: “5 Convincing Reasons to Start Meditating”

Paul Brown and Quiet Path Meditation was recently featured on MSN.com “5 Convincing Reasons To Start Meditating”

Between constantly poring over our computer screens and rushing around the city, it can be tough to find time to clear the mental clutter. But, finding the means to do so can have many benefits and for some people, meditation is key.Case in point: San Francisco’s own Paul Brown, of QuietPath Meditation. Brown, an S.F. native, studied directly under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (guru to The Beatles and The Beach Boys) in the ’70s, and over the past 40 years, he’s taught thousands of students — including Karen O, Donna Karan, and the founder of the Troll doll (yes, really) — all over the world how to meditate. These days, he runs regular meditation classes in the Bay Area (the next one starts this week), in which he teaches students of all levels his QuietPath technique, which emphasizes the restorative power of brief, regular intervals of meditation. We caught up with the inspiring instructor, who provided us with a handful reasons why he believes we should all start meditating today. Ready to get zen?
Between constantly poring over our computer screens and rushing around the city, it can be tough to find time to clear the mental clutter. But, finding the means to do so can have many benefits and for some people, meditation is key. Case in point: San Francisco’s own Paul Brown, of QuietPath Meditation. Brown, an S.F. native, studied directly under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (guru to The Beatles and The Beach Boys) in the ’70s, and over the past 40 years, he’s taught thousands of students — including Karen O, Donna Karan, and the founder of the Troll doll (yes, really) — all over the world how to meditate. These days, he runs regular meditation classes in the Bay Area (the next one starts this week), in which he teaches students of all levels his QuietPath technique, which emphasizes the restorative power of brief, regular intervals of meditation. We caught up with the inspiring instructor, who provided us with a handful reasons why he believes we should all start meditating today. Ready to get zen?

Read the rest of this inspiring article at MSN.com!

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Meditation Can Aid In The Struggle Against Obesity

Obesity has become a real struggle for an increasing number of people, especially in the United States, which has become the most obese nation in the world. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a full 35.7 percent of American adults are obese. With the myriad of health problems directly associated with obesity, it is not wonder that researchers are seeking ways to increase the rate of success for people who are struggling to manage their weight and recover from obesity. During the past decade, there has been increasing evidence that meditation can aid in that struggle.

On May 7, 2012, several news organizations reported on startling data recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The report was written by assistant director of the Health Services and Systems Research Program at Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School Eric Finkelstein, and predicts that the number of obese people will continue to rise significantly, reaching 42 percent of the population by 2030, just 18 years away. And, that is a conservative number, assuming that the obesity problem “levels off”, rather than reflective of the rapid increase that has been the trend during the past few decades.

In 1999, researchers from the Indiana State University Department in Psychology found that meditation had a positive impact on the treatment of binge eating disorders. In their study, a significant reduction of binge eating instances was achieved, the number falling from an average of 4.02 times per week to 1.57 per week. Participants noted that they felt more in control of their eating, and also reported that feelings of anxiety and depression were significantly reduced. The potential that meditation holds for helping people regain control over certain areas of their life continues to attract scientific study in clinical research settings.

Meditation is specifically mentioned in a January 2004 issue of Monitor on Psychology, an American Psychological Association publication, as a cognitive therapy tool to help manage weight, as well as the numerous issues that surround it. After all, it is not just the weight itself that becomes a problem. There can also be stress, frustration, and guilt associated with repeated unsuccessful attempts to bring the weight issue under control. There can be self-esteem issues, even depression – none of which are going to make regaining control of diet and weight any easier. Meditation offers an excellent way to deal with all of those issues.

There are many areas of life in which meditation is useful, able to help bring about positive change. Managing weight and succeeding against obesity is no different. Meditation can help, and that has been demonstrated in clinical studies. Standard meditation techniques are easy to learn and can be mastered with practice by people of all ages. In terms of dealing with weight, the – as the experts call it – mindfulness of the meditative practice is exactly the right cognitive tool to increase awareness of the motives at the root of dietary choices and to center and refine the resolve to bring weight under control.

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Meditation As An Empowering Cognitive Therapy Tool

During the past two decades, we’re seen a shocking increase in the use of psychotropic medications in the management of mental health issues and disorders. These drugs come with a myriad of negative side effects, including some that never go away. When the use of anti-depressant medications first began to be regularly used, the standard treatment plan included both talk therapy and the medication, as it was noted that simply medicating the problem would not make it go away. It seems as though that early point of view has been cast aside in favor of wide usage of such drugs and little focus on resolving the underlying issues via other therapies, such as cognitive therapies.

Chemical imbalance is a term that is tossed around lightly these days, justifying the use of these medications. How often, however, do you hear a person prescribed medication under such terms talk about the complex brain chemical testing they underwent to confirm that conclusion? Very, very rarely, because such testing is not a part of standard treatment. Hit or miss drug experimentation, however, is standard, trying different anti-depressants and seeing if they work and if the side effects are bearable. Some of these medications have been associated with higher rates of suicide, with psychotic breaks resulting in serious harm to others and self, heart trouble, increased blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, digestive disorders, excessive sweating, twitching and tics, and a myriad of other symptoms.

Far more productive and significantly safer is, when applicable, is cognitive therapy. Cognitive therapies provide solid strategies a person can use themselves to alleviate symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders or difficulties. You learn how your mind works, and how to make it work for you. Cognitive therapies provide practical solutions to keeping your thoughts under control and helping to create a productive mental state that you have the power to control for yourself, without relying on potentially dangerous medications. Meditation is a very powerful tool in the cognitive therapy toolbox, one that has arrived in the mainstream of treatment options, backed with solid clinical studies.

In addition to being able to help with the immediate symptoms of mental discomfort or disorders, meditation and other cognitive therapies address another very important factor. The feeling of not being able to control mental processes or stop emotions, stress, or negative thought-patterns from interfering with day to day living can be very frightening, adding to the overall problem. It is very empowering to learn strategies of successfully coping, and that sense of being able to control your responses to life increases confidence in function and overall well being. Meditation, once its simple techniques are mastered, offer immediate peace and long term improvement.

There are very simple meditation techniques able to make you feel better right now. Clinical studies abound, demonstrating that this effective means of stress management can help you to be more relaxed, productive, and happy in your day to day life, something that can affect your quality of life on numerous levels. Pharmaceutical solutions should be the last resort, because people are so much better served by learning practical coping skills and solid strategies to deal with stress and assorted other emotional and mental issues. Meditation is a simple, yet powerful, means of helping you to successfully manage stress, improve mood, and enhance mental functioning.

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Manage Sickness and Disease Causing Stress with Meditation

The connection between stress and sickness, including certain types of chronic disease, has been well documented in the scientific and medical communities. The interplay between stress and body chemistry is fundamental, that basic fight or flight flood of hormones and other chemical reactions within the body being a part of human biological makeup for time immemorial. When frequent or near constant stress keeps cortisol concentrations high, adrenaline levels increased, and other body chemicals out of their usual balance, physical ailments should come as no surprise. Meditation, however, offers a simple and effective way to restore and maintain that balance.

The world famous Mayo Clinic is just one of the numerous major medical facilities to confirm the stress and disease connection. They point out that, in a sense, the fundamental biological systems designed to deal with threats and dangerous situations have not really evolved since the early days of human life when such events could be life threatening and taking appropriate action could make the difference between life and death. In other words, while today we rarely have to deal with rampaging wild beasts or marauding invaders, our bodies still respond to stressful events in those fight or flight, life or death terms, flooding the same hormones and chemicals throughout our systems.

Traffic jams, Internet malfunctions, quibbling children, money problems – none of these types of daily living situations are life threatening. However, if we allow such events to overwhelm our minds, allow them to become stressful events, once stress reaches a certain level, the body responds to it like it has from almost the very beginning of the human species, chemically. According to the Mayo Clinic, running the body and mind on this stress-chemical induced state of high alert for long periods of time can have a negative impact on the functioning of just about all of your bodily systems, contributing to a host of physical and mental ailments and even chronic diseases. High levels of stress actually poison you.

The surge of adrenaline that stress produces pushes up your heart rate and blood pressure, in preparation for fight or flight. Thus, it should come as no surprise that heart disease and stress are related, as are sleep disorders. The cortisol increases glucose levels in the bloodstream and the brain, and it also diverts the bodies resources from the functions that are not essential to or may hinder fighting or fleeing. Among those are digestive processes, and some studies have linked stress to higher rates of obesity and a variety of digestive system related disorders and diseases. And, these are just a few of the most obvious ways that stress sickens body and mind. There are numerous other more subtle and complex ways.

The Mayo Clinic lists meditation as a highly effective means of breaking this stress induced sickness cycle. Meditation has been used for thousands of years in eastern cultures. In the Bhagavad Gita, part of the ancient religious texts of India, Krishna (God in physical form on Earth) tells Arjuna, who is seeking spiritual knowledge to help him deal with a highly stressful situation, a war between his family and friends, that – according to Eknath Easwaran’s translation – “the practice of meditation frees one from all affliction.” And, now, thousands of years later, science is proving the merit of that statement, demonstrating the broad range of mental and physical ailments that meditation can help alleviate and prevent.

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What is the Vedic Tradition?

As one Great Sage said: “The Vedas are the lighthouse of eternal wisdom leading man to salvation and inspiring him to supreme accomplishment”

One great star in the Vedic Pantheon is my teacher’s teacher’s teacher, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati. He was and is greatly revered as the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, the northern post of the four seats of learning the first Shankara established in India in the 8th century.

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Learn Meditation Now

Next class: February 19th, San Francisco

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Comfortable and easy, QuietPath Meditation is an effortless mental technique that is simple to learn. Just 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening can make a real difference in your life. QuietPath Meditation provides a deeply restorative and rejuvenating experience, physically and mentally.

Testimonials

Joanna R
"Paul’s technique in teaching this is as effortless as the action of the meditation. Paul is meditation in living, breathing form. To be with him is to have the sensation that there just isn’t anything left to do, only to just be."

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"There’s a reason everyone — from NYFW designers, Hamptons socialites, heavy metal musicians, rocket scientists, and the inventor of the troll doll — turn to Paul Brown for meditation 101: His techniques are life-changing. After just a few weeks, our dreams became more vivid, our ideas flowed more naturally, and we felt calmer and happier than we had in years. Sign up for group lessons or try private instruction for a more intimate experience (plus custom cosmic stickers to chart your practice)".