Have you learned how to meditate yet?
Maybe now is the right time. Or, if you've already learned to meditate and you've let your practice slip, it might be time to jump-start it now.
Hi, I'm Sarah McLean, the founder of the McLean Meditation Institute for Transformative Meditation Training in Sedona, Arizona. I've been meditating and teaching meditation for over 20 years and I've taught thousands of people, people just like you, to meditate.
Some people come to learn to meditate because they've gotten a wake-up call: perhaps they've received a diagnosis, or are in a job transition, or have lost a loved one, or are going through some other transition in their life.
Others are looking for relief from feeling overwhelmed, or a break from the constant companion of anxiety or depression. Some people want to learn to meditate to explore their spirituality. And then there are those who are simply curious!
Let’s face it; most of us are over-stimulated and over-scheduled - mentally, emotionally, and physically. Stress is very often due to our out-of-balance lifestyles and those not-so-nourishing choices we habitually make, and stress can cause many other problems. Over 80% of all doctors' visits are due to stress-related complaints such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, allergies, confusion, and lethargy.
Meditation has been called the perfect antidote for stress – it's like a reset button for your mind and body and helps you to reduce stress and regain the balance that you love.
It's always the perfect time to learn to meditate and we at the McLean Meditation Institute can help when you are ready to learn.
Where should you start? It all depends on you. Check out the programs offered in Sedona, Arizona and around the United States:
When you learn to meditate with us you'll meet with an expert meditation instructor, (Find an expert instructor near you) and receive the guidance you need to establish an effective daily meditation routine, known as the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation Method™.
The powerful and effective meditation practices you'll learn are universal and secular in nature. Find out more about the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation Method™
Some people want to take this meditation thing one step at a time. They order the Meditate CD to start. On it, you'll find instruction in meditation and three guided meditations that everyone seems to find powerful. You can listen to samples here for free.
Some order my best-selling meditation book to guide them step by step, Soul-Centered, Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation (Hay House 2012)
Others learn the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation Method™ in a half-day private or semi-private class. With this powerful program, you'll also receive the Meditate CD so you are never left alone in your practice.
You could also join a discussion or meditation gathering first, and if you are visiting Sedona, come and visit our new meditation center.
The McLean Meditation Center is an enchanting and peaceful oasis in the heart of Sedona. You'll love the exhibitions of inspirational art, must-have meditation supplies, and gift items that will delight your senses.
There are plenty of opportunities to explore and experience meditation, including participating in a community meditation gathering, taking a class in the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation Method™, joining a meditation retreat, or becoming a certified meditation teacher.
Visit the McLean Meditation Center at 411 Hwy 179, adjacent to Tlaquepaque, upstairs in the Garland building. Open daily (except Monday) from 1–5.
Check the calendar for a list of all the events coming up.
Some people want to dive right in and attend a retreat. The Soul Radiance Retreat, now in its 9th year, is a powerful meditation weekend offered in May at Unity Village in Missouri, and in June at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Also offered frequently in Sedona, Arizona Find out more about the Soul Radiance Retreat here.
There's also the Living a Soul-Centered Life retreat offered at the Omega Institute in upstate New York in August.
And the Creative Soul Writing retreat, a women's meditation and creativity retreat, is offered in May in Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon and again at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California in June.
Every one of the retreats begins with instruction in the Simple, Easy Every Day Meditation Method and is ideal for deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and peace of mind.
More about the McLean Meditation Institute's Programs:
You can sign up for a meditation class or a retreat worry-free. You won't need to wear different clothes, or sit for hours cross-legged in silence. You won't need to change your diet, your religion, your beliefs - nothing.
Learn what the Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation Method is all about. Find out how you can get started right away on a powerful daily practice with instant success!
Don't have any meditation experience? Don't worry. We'll take the mystery out of meditation and guide you every step of the way. If you can think a thought, you can meditate. You’ll simply need the willingness to take a short time out every day to do it: to sit down with your eyes closed and to think a thought or feel a feeling. Take a class with us and discover a meditation practice that you can do every day for the rest of your life.
These and other questions will be answered:
Do I have to clear my mind?
What happens if I have too many thoughts?
Can anyone meditate?
There are so many meditations out there, how do I know what kind of meditation to do?
What are the benefits to meditating?
Will meditation help me to heal?
What happens if I fall asleep, or get bored?
What kind of experiences will I have?
How do I know if I am doing it right or if it’s working?
Do I have to meditate for hours on end? What if I don't have time?
You can join a retreat too - even if you are a beginner. Every one at the retreat learns to meditate first thing. Find out about the retreats here.
We can even teach you to meditate if you don't think you can do it.
People from all walks of life learn to meditate and love it. Professional athletes, teens, corporate executives, retirees, doctors, students, judges, lawyers, architects, engineers, and musicians have taken our meditation courses. We’ve even successfully taught type-A personalities who say they are way too busy, and others who say, “I can’t quiet my mind.”
Read what students say about the McLean Meditation Institute's programs and retreats.
Meditation is the perfect way to unplug, unwind and take a break - and it only takes a few minutes a day. Not surprisingly taking a break from the fast pace of our lives can actually improve physical and mental health, relationships, and the ability to make better choices. Meditation will help you to feel better almost immediately. It's like a mini vacation. You'll think more clearly and learn to change some of the habits that don't support you.
Meditation is used by beginners who have an interest in staying healthy, learning to relax, or who are going through a transition in their lives. Advanced meditation students wanting to improve their meditation practice or eliminate bad habits also come to our programs for help.
Even if you've read books on meditation or listened to meditation tapes and still haven't been able to experience success, you can learn how to meditate with us.
We've had success teaching those who are just curious and even those who are coerced into taking the course by their spouses or parents! We find that everyone enjoys their experience in the meditation class and they can easily continue with meditation after they learn. A variety of meditation practices have been around for centuries. Some are secular in nature and others are religious or spiritually oriented. These days meditation is going mainstream and we're here to help you find out why.
Meditation is the perfect companion on your path of self-discovery and healing.
Are you looking for what's missing in your life or want to find an unshakable sense of peace -no matter what the world "out there" is up to? A daily practice of meditation allows just that. You'll learn to turn your attention inward and connect with who you really are, outside of your roles and responsibilities.
Meditators report that meditation also awakens their creativity and helps them to live a better life. Read more about the benefits of meditation here.
About Sedona Arizona: Many people come to Sedona for spiritual renewal and rejuvenation. It's one of the most beautiful and spiritual places on earth. When you include learning how to meditate as part of your visit to Sedona, you'll have a souvenir that can change your life. Contact us to help you make it happen. You can also visit this link for a guide of what to do when you are in Sedona.