Soul Centered: Finding Peace in Meditation by Sarah McLean
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Soul Centered
Finding Peace in Meditation
by Sarah McLean

Whether we are busy working moms, celebrities, judges, physicians or average Janes trying to make it in this world, we all want the same things: happiness, peace, fulfillment and love.

In the following Q&A with Present Moments, author Sarah McLean explains how becoming more Soul-Centered will lead us to all we desire

Is it really possible for someone to transform his or her life in eight weeks with meditation?

Absolutely. Research proves it. Studies show that those who meditate almost 30 minutes a day on average, for eight weeks, have measurable changes in brain regions associated with their memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress response.

In a study that appeared in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report the results of their study, one of the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s grey matter. Less stress, more empathy, and a greater sense of self would change anyone’s life. And that’s only the beginning of the transformations that can occur.

What does Soul-Centered mean and how did you come up with that for the title of the book? 

 With daily meditation, you connect to your essence, your awareness, or what some people call “the soul.” Though it’s always been there, meditation helps you to experience the soul’s qualities: peacefulness, stillness, creativity, wisdom, awareness, acceptance and more self-awareness on purpose.

This gives you a moment of respite from the external world. Eventually, these soul qualities radiate outward.

Meditation seems to be becoming more mainstream. Celebrities do it, basketball coaches like Phil Jackson have their teams meditate. Oprah has her staff meditate. What are some of the benefits? 

There are many different ways to meditate, perhaps hundreds. I often say that the best meditation is the one that you do. The practice of meditation is like brushing your teeth.

You do it because you like the way it makes you feel right away, and you know it has long-term benefits. You don’t hem and haw each day to determine if you are going to do it. You simply do it.

Research shows countless benefits of meditation: stress reduction, improvement with sleeping, lowered blood pressure, increased blood flow, decreased respiratory rate. It relieves anxiety, depression and even improves your job performance and relationships.
I could go on and on about the benefits of meditation. There is really no good reason NOT to meditate. It’s always a good time to start your daily practice.

Sarah McLean
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