“Everything you always wanted to know about The Love Challenge” but were afraid to ask”!
Please join us for The Love Challenge. The day you begin is the perfect day! Here are the directions for a successful month with our Sangha and meditating at home. Feel free to contact Janet or Peggy by email with any questions, comments, or concerns! We are excited to journey with you, meditating on Sunday as well as at home. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
* Take home a calendar and post it somewhere easy to access.
* Record time, and one word that might arise, like Wow, Hmmm, or What?, and any other word like sleepy, irritated, happy, bored, or no word at all. We are practicing being mindful and aware without judgment or preference.
* Bring the calendar back to TBC on Sunday, March 3rd, (no matter if you did it one day or 28) and our Sangha will celebrate downstairs with cookies, tea and coffee after our meditation! Party!!
* Peggy is finishing up the last of a Masters Class in Instruction, and she will use the Anonymous data for her action project at UMKC. (It has never been recorded by a Temple to take this type of challenge, and so you will also be making history!) She thanks you tremendously, as her Professor has been meditating for 20 years, and is curious what we can accomplish at our Temple Buddhist Center!
* Finally, the benefits of meditation are endless, for us as individuals, families, or any illness troubling our inner core. It has proven to calm children down who are hyper, (as well as adults who are stressed!) and has quieted down patients with a range of diagnosis that insures a more positive outcome. Here are a few;
Did YOU know that Meditation is scientifically proven to:
1. Overcome stress (University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2003)
2. Boost your creativity (Science Daily, 2010)
3. Improve your sex life and increase your libido (The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2009)
4. Cultivate healthy habits that lead to weight loss (Journal Emotion, 2007)
5. Improve digestion and lower blood pressure (Harvard Medical School)
6. Decrease your risk of heart attack (The Stroke Journal, 2009)
7. Help overcome anxiety, depression, anger and confusion (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2009)
8. Decrease perception of pain and improve cognitive processing (Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2010)
9. Increase your focus and attention (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007)
10. Increase the size of your most important organ – your brain! (Harvard University Gazette, 2006)
11. Connect families in a loving, calming and powerful way no other gift offered by our society will! (Mulvihill, practicing meditation with children and families for over 20 years.)
Each Sunday in February our meditation children will be offering gifts of love so you will be encouraged to continue with meditation at home. We will also offer the calendar on line so you may print off a copy for a friend!
My spin teacher said today, “It takes some pressure to make diamonds” so I say, let’s do this together, and celebrate our efforts. We can motivate ourselves again and again to allow ourselves to be happy right where ever we are at this very moment.