Frequently Asked Questions

What is meditation?

Our minds are constantly active, thinking about the past and the future. Meditation is a practice that allows all this activity to settle down. Meditation often results in the mind becoming more peaceful, calm and focused. In essence, meditation brings our awareness to the present and allows us to have greater focus for the tasks at hand.

Can a meditation program in my organization help to reduce health care costs?

Yes. A number of recent scientific studies are showing that meditation can strengthen the immune system, reduce pain and reduce stress-related illnesses such as asthma and high blood pressure. These improvements to general health may reduce the number of visits to the doctor and therefore lead to a decrease in over-all health care costs.

Can meditation help to reduce over-all costs to employers?

Yes. Meditation can help to reduce stress. The American Institute of Stress estimates that each year in the United States, $300 billion (or $7,500 per employee) is lost on stress-related compensation claims and reduced productivity,

How is Getting Centered Meditation different from other meditation programs?

Getting Centered Meditation teaches a variety of meditation techniques that are simple to learn and easy to incorporate into your day. We teach a variety of different techniques because there is no one meditation technique that works for everyone. We also provide you with the tools for you to continue to practice long after the program ends.

Where can I learn to meditate through a Getting Centered Meditation program?

Getting Centered Meditation makes it easy for you. We come to your organization, and programs are customized to meet your needs.

How long do I have to meditate before I realize the benefits?

Recent scientific studies are showing that people who learn to meditate realize the benefits to physical and psychological health within a short period of time. You don’t have to be a life-long meditator to realize the benefits!

How can meditation help with over-all performance?

Many recent scientific studies using neuroimaging in the brain show that meditation, even after a short period of time, can lead to profound changes in the brain. The research suggests that meditation may improve focus, creativity and therefore over-all work performance.

Will I be able to continue to meditate after the end of a Getting Centered Meditation program?

Many of the participants in our programs say that they are motivated to continue a daily meditation practice long after the programs end. Some find the Getting Centered Guided Meditation CD helpful to maintain the practice.

How can I add meditation to my day when I already have a very busy schedule?

We know that it’s not easy to add one more thing to your “to do” list when you already have a very busy schedule. However, we make it easy for you. We teach a variety of meditation techniques, including a 6-minute guided meditation, which can be practiced in any quiet space at any time. The 6-minute meditation can help you to gain energy and be more productive during the rest of your day.

For more information on the scientific studies, click on the following links:

http://www.examiner.com/holistic-health-in-salt-lake-city/meditation-significantly-reduces-health-care-costs

http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/01/meditation-is-an-effective-treatment-for-depression-anxiety-and-pain.php

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/how-meditation-may-change-the-brain/

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/relax-your-way-to-perfect-health-1763109.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/05/26/harvard-neuroscientist-meditation-not-only-reduces-stress-it-literally-changes-your-brain/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/choke/201008/what-can-11-hours-meditation-training-do-it-can-rewire-your-brain

http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2011/Demystifying_Meditation_Brain_Imaging_Illustrates_How_Meditation_Reduces_Pain.htm