At Visual Therapy, we’re all about Mind, Body, and Soul. As we work with clients to line up their optimal wardrobes and help them to be the best version of themselves, we’re huge believers that it’s not the dress, but what’s in the dress that matters. And even though clothes can help you feel like a movie star, there’s something that needs to be taken care of first on a deeper level. Welcome to “Wellness Wednesday”: our weekly feature to bring you tips for a healthy, whole and fulfilled life.
I had the great pleasure of meeting meditation expert, Lynne Goldberg, several months ago through a mutual friend. Little did I know that this meeting would change my life.
Lynne taught me the power of meditation which, for the first time in my life, allowed me to experience the gift of inner peace and stillness. The practice of being still and, as I like to say, quieting the voices, allows us to access and strengthen a part of our brain that we rarely use consciously. That part of the brain controls how we either react (or choose not to react) to situations in life.
The more you meditate, the stronger that ‘brain muscle’ becomes, and the more control you have over your reactions, ultimately giving you more control over your life. Now to a control freak like myself, that’s pretty powerful stuff! The biggest challenge for me was finding time to meditate EVERY day. Do I really have time for ONE MORE THING?! If it was waiting for a new juice at the juice bar, you bet I would. So why wouldn’t I be able to find 10 minutes for meditation? It’s only 0.7% of your day! I made a decision that instead of hitting snooze two times, I would only hit it once and use that extra ten minutes to begin my day in peace. The results have been incredible.
I caught up with Lynne this week as she launched her first app, OMG. I Can Meditate!, which makes meditation accessible to anyone. Having used this brilliant app for several months in its trial bases, I can say for sure: if there’s one thing you can do every day for a more focused, calm, happy mind, it’s meditation. -Joe
How did you get into meditation?
I got into meditation during a particularly difficult period of time in my life. I lost twin baby girls two days before my 3rd trimester, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in her early fifties, I lost my job, and my husband and I got divorced. I could barely get out of bed. It was either going to be medication or meditation. I chose meditation.
What effect has meditation had on your life?
I was the “Type A” personality poster child. I was stressed, anxious and my mind was always going a mile a minute. I had a pretty short fuse and you should have seen me in traffic. Meditation helped me to calm my mind, go with the flow, and even sleep better. Now, instead of snapping at my kids because my mind is still at work, I’m able to slow down and just enjoy being with them.
What type of meditation do you offer through OMG. I Can Meditate?
Our guided meditations are a combination of breath awareness and mindfulness. They’re not only designed to help you relax, but also to teach you the fundamentals. The meditations change every day to help you progress. In addition, we have a whole library of guided visualizations to help deal with different life situations. We even have one called “My boss is a Jerk” to help you deal with difficult people.
How can someone who’s never tried meditation do it without becoming overwhelmed?
The app was actually built for exactly that type of person. In fact, we named the theme of week two “Yes. You are Normal” specifically to help people understand that most new meditators experience the same things, and to help them deal with those things without becoming overwhelmed. We start at just 10 minutes a day and gradually progress from there to make it really gentle.
What tips do you have for getting family and friends to try meditation?
I was once the friend who needed a bit more meditation in my life. I was so grateful to my friend for dragging me to my first yoga retreat. OMG. I Can Meditate! is a great way to introduce someone you care for to meditation.
What is your all-time favorite meditation?
My favorite is the Blanket of Love, in our Specialty Meditation section. It actually makes me feel like I’m being wrapped in a warm blanket. My clients also love it .
Is there a particular time of day when meditation is the most effective?
The best time to meditate is first thing in the morning. You’re more alert, your mind is less busy, and it sets you up for a great day ahead. It becomes a habit like brushing your teeth. I was taught to RPM, or Rise Pee Meditate 😉 Of course, anytime is better than not doing it at all, so if you only have time later in the day, that’s good too!
Tell us about your book, Get Balanced, Get Blissed.
Get Balanced, Get Blissed is a handbook for a life in balance. It’s like the Cliff Notes to a healthy mind body and soul!