Do you find yourself feeling stressed, disconnected, and anxious? With jobs, family, tasks, and the current pandemic, you may be experiencing unnecessary stress that is possibly harming your daily experience. It has been reported 1 in 5 Americans are struggling with mental health problems as a result of Covid-19, the future of the nation, and economic welfare. If you are suffering from stress, just know you are not alone and there are quality ways to help you cope with life's events. One of the cheapest forms of stress relief is meditation, it is free and easy to implement in your routine. The cost of meditation is your time and commitment while the reward is returning to your natural state of health and internal balance.
A few benefits you receive from practicing meditation are being at peace in the present, control of your thoughts, reduced anxiety and stress, increased concentration, and a balanced mood. Meditation eases the alarm system in the brain, the amygdala. The amygdala is a cluster of almond-shaped cells located near the base of the brain. Everyone has two of these cell groups, one in each hemisphere (or side) of the brain. The amygdala is responsible for emotional regulation and reactions such as fear, anxiety, fight, flight, and freeze. The amygdala is part of the brain's limbic system, a complex and interconnected structure within the brain responsible for a person's emotional and behavioral responses. With consistent meditation practice, a person is less hijacked by emotional reactiveness. Rather, the person learns how to control their emotions and respond to a stressful situation with ease and control. Additionally, meditation helps practitioners sit with unpleasant feelings, grow awareness, and heal with feeling and breath.
However, meditation is also used to expand spiritual potential. Jewish meditation is a tool used for centuries to enhance prayers like the Shema and Amidah. Meditation connects you with the divine, with Self, and Hashem. The ultimate fuel and healing for the soul and body. In my personal journey, I started meditating as a way to cope with anxiety. Although I was skeptical, I was desperate for healing. Once I started to meditate, it felt like I drew my first conscious breath. I felt pain buried inside my being that caused physical ailments. I felt and released tension from my body. I met Hashem within my heart and asked him to wash away my fears and heal me. I awoke and God healed my heart, my body, and to heal my mind. Since then, meditation is my tool to connect with Hashem. I meditate on His divine name or one of the 72 names, absorbing healing and light every time.
As some of you may know, my name is Elisheva, one of the daughters of Mark Yemin Lavi, the owner of VisualKabbalah. Meditation taught me to heal is to feel. By pushing down feelings, you developed anxiety, live in fear, and deny your truth. Meditation is Hashem's gift, natural medicine to heal from trauma, restore health, and connect with divine light.
Because of the life-changing results I received from meditation, in 2019 I founded Havaya, a meditation business where I create customized meditations for clients based on their personal needs and current situation either online or in person. Havaya is one of the names of Hashem, a Hebrew word for being and experience. Similar to the meaning of the name, my mission at Havaya is to guide others to connect with their breath, to breathe, be, and experience divine light within their body. I studied Kabbalasitic meditation with Rabbi Ariel Tzadok and I incorporate breathwork, visualizations, and energy balancing into the practice. I am dedicated to guiding people into being their own healers and I help people heal with movement and spirituality. Today, I continue to do guided meditations and help people heal through movement with qigong. Briefly explained, qigong (pronounced CHEE-GONG) is a mind, body, and soul practice. It is based on Chinese Medicine and the philosophy of movement. Qigong is a practice to improve physical health, release trauma from the body, restore mental health, improve balance and flexibility, and connect one back to the present with their breath. The movements are slow, precise, focused, and intentional.
You have the power to set yourself free from mental and emotional slavery. Use the gift of meditation and movement to experience healing on a molecular level.
Start your meditation practice with just 3 minutes of complete silence or meditation music and gradually work your way up. You may experience an active mind and that is normal. With time, you will learn how to focus on your breath, relax your thoughts and clear your headspace.
Meditation and spirituality changed my life and I know these tools can help you achieve healing and walk the path of wellness too.
If you are interested in working with me or have questions about meditation, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I currently do customized private Jewish meditation sessions, spiritual life coaching, group coaching, and healing retreats where I facilitate healing meditations and qigong. A little bit about the sessions; the meditation sessions are based on Kabbalah, the 72 names of Hashem, and the Sefirot to open up the energetic Life Force within the practitioner. Before the session, the client and I explore the client’s needs and where they are in their life in order to build a customized meditation that will greatly benefit them. To find out more check out my website.
I enjoy working with individuals that are open-minded and challenge themselves to live a better life. If you are brave enough to feel to heal and want to take your health into your own hands, I would love to work with you.
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3 Minute Kabbalistic Meditation:
To begin your Kabbalistic meditation, first find a quiet place where you can sit for at least 3 - 5 minutes with no interruptions.
You can either do this meditation sitting in a chair, on the ground or laying down. Choose a position that is comfortable for you.
As you begin to sit comfortably, stay alert so that you do not fall asleep.
Place a timer on your phone for 3 minutes.
Close your eyes and focus on your breath. If at any moment your mind starts wandering, bring awareness to your thoughts. Identify if your thoughts are in the past or future. Next, bring yourself back to the present moment by refocusing on your breath and exhaling any thought that does not serve you.
Once you have completed focusing your mind, bring your attention to the top of your head. With gentle concentration, slowly begin opening the Sfira of Keter, your crown chakra on the top of your head. Slowly expand your Keter allowing the Light of Hashe to enter your being.
Focus on your breath and feel the Light that’s moving within your body. Be aware of any sensations you may feel in your body as you allow the Light to heal you from within. Take a deep breath and slowly return the Light back to Hashem, thanking Him for coming to heal you today. Awaken when the alarm sounds. Gently move your toes, fingers, and head.
This is a short meditation if you have little experience in meditation. Practice this 3-minute meditation daily to truly feel the benefits.