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"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” 

Marcus Aurelius

Why do people use meditation in the US?

Below are results from a research survey of November 2016 titled: Prevalence, Patterns, and Predictors of Meditation Use Among US Adults: A Nationally Representative Survey. “Emerging evidence suggests substantial health benefits from using meditation. Meditation was mainly used for general wellness (76.2%), improving energy (60.0%), and aiding memory or concentration (50.0%). Anxiety (29.2%), stress (21.6%), and depression (17.8%) were the top health problems for which people used meditation; 63.6% reported that meditation had helped a great deal with these conditions. Only 34.8% disclosed their use of meditation with a health provider. These findings indicate that about 9.3 million US adults have used meditation in the past 12 months.”

What benefits does the research support for meditation?

US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH ON MEDITATION

"Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Mind and body practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior."

"There are many types of meditation, but most have four elements in common: a quiet location with as few distractions as possible; a specific, comfortable posture (sitting, lying down, walking, or in other positions); a focus of attention (a specially chosen word or set of words, an object, or the sensations of the breath); and an open attitude (letting distractions come and go naturally without judging them). The use of meditation increased more than threefold from 4.1% in 2012 to 14.2% in 2017."

What benefits does the research support for mindfulness?

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION ON MINDFULNESS

"We (American Psychological Association - APA) define mindfulness as a moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment. In this sense, mindfulness is a state and not a trait. While it might be promoted by certain practices or activities, such as meditation, it is not equivalent to or synonymous with them."

"More specifically, research on mindfulness has identified these benefits: reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory and focus, less emotional reactivity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, enhance self-insight, morality, Intuition and fear modulation, all functions associated with the brain's middle prefrontal lobe area, increased immune functioning, improvement to well-being, increase information processing speed, as well as decrease task effort and having thoughts that are unrelated to the task at hand." 

What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation?

Mindfulness and meditation have been hot topics lately and these two words have been used interchangeably.

Mindfulness is the awareness of “some-thing,” while meditation is the awareness of “no-thing.”

Mindfulness is an informal practice of moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment and is also a state of mind.  Mindfulness can be applied to the moments of our daily life to be fully engaged in that moment.

Meditation is a mind-body practice in which we focus our attention on something, such as an object, word, phrase, music, movement or breathing, in order to minimize distracting or stressful thoughts or feelings. Meditation is practiced for a specific amount of time.

“Meditation while walking has a long, noble history in ancient spiritual disciplines.” Andrew Weil

How can we can bring mindfulness into our daily activities? 

There are many ways to bring mindfulness into our daily activities. Mindful Eating and Mindful Walking is not only simple...it has abundant benefits. 

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

"If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health." Hippocrates

Lifestyle Medicine is the evidence-based practice of helping individuals and families adopt and sustain healthy behaviors that affect health and quality of life. 

American College of Lifestyle Medicine - "Lifestyle Medicine is the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances, and positive social connection."

Chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. Rates of chronic disease have never been higher, with cost of chronic conditions eating up 86% of all healthcare dollars spent. Chronic disease is so common that more than half of U.S. adults have at least one condition, accounting for 90% of healthcare spending."

Harvard Medical School - "According to the World Health Organization 80% of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and 40% of cancer could be prevented, primarily with improvements to diet and lifestyle. Two-thirds of all disease worldwide will soon be the result of lifestyle choices." 

Who is AnJenette?

AnJenette Afridi, MA, ERYT-500, is a pioneer in Lifestyle Medicine, Mindful-Based Strategies, and Creator of INHALE EXHALE SMILE℠ Meditation and Mindfulness Targeted Skills-Based Training. AnJenette is a Lifestyle Medicine Consultant and a Meditation and Mindfulness Master Teacher with 30+ years in private practice. “AJ’s” professional credentials include a Master’s Degree in Psychology (MA) 1997, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT-500) 2002, American Psychological Association (APA) Member 1996, American College of Lifestyle Medicine Member, Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine Member, and Harvard Medical School CEU’s in Lifestyle Medicine and Mind Body Medicine (Herbert Benson, MD) the last 15 years.

AnJenette aka AJ has worked with corporations, hospitals, health centers, schools, and private clientele including adults and children. She is often featured at public and private in-person and online events, and she hosts events as well. AJ's warmth, credibility, and energetic sense of humor create an atmosphere that supports expansion, creativity, and abundant possibility.

What services does AnJenette currently offer?

AnJenette currently offers INHALE EXHALE SMILE℠ Meditation and Mindfulness Targeted Skills-Based Training for Adults, Parents, Seniors, Business Leaders, and Healthcare Professionals. All 6 week series include an initial questionnaire, 1.5 Hour Lifestyle Medicine Consultation, and six targeted meditation and mindfulness one hour training sessions with AnJenette.

INHALE EXHALE SMILE℠ with AJ via Phone, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, WebEx. (Due to Covid, AJ has limited in-person availability at an event, walkshop, offsite, or at AJ’s San Francisco Bay Area office, please inquire.)

What payments and currencies does AnJenette accept?

We utilize the secure Shopify Payments on our website for all our transactions.
We Accept:
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"Those that know do, those that understand teach." Aristotle

Why is it important to work with a "live" meditation and mindfulness master teacher?

One size does not fit all. Being discerning before allocating your time and money on a less-than-qualified teacher or an ineffective method of training is key to getting the most out of these powerful practices. Please read Benefits of a "Live" Master Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher".

Who is Adi?

 “Happiness is a warm puppy.” Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz

Meet Adi, AJ's "Therapy Pup in Training" and a LOVE. Adi, an F1B Goldendoodle is non-shedding, hypoallergenic, and has a sweet temperament which makes her an ideal therapy dog. You'll meet Adi at AJ's San Francisco Bay Area office, on video conferencing, at an event, or a walkshop.

Dogs make such effective therapy animals because of their sensitivities to human emotion. Therapy dogs often visit places with vulnerable populations of people such as nursing homes, hospitals, and college campuses to soothe stressed patients and students. Therapy dogs are even being brought into the corporate workplace, where they make employees feel less stressed and more productive. Their roles vary from actively participating in physical rehabilitation therapy to giving children with learning disabilities the confidence to read aloud and improve reading skills.

The simple act of petting a dog has been proven to provide a human with multiple mental and physical heath benefits. When a human pets an animal, hormones such as serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin, that play a role in elevating moods, are released in the brain. Animal assisted therapy also lowers anxiety to help patients relax, provides comfort, reduces loneliness, increases mental stimulation, and provides an escape or happy distraction. Physically, the presence of and interaction with therapy animals can help lower blood pressure, reduce the number of medications that people need, diminish overall physical discomfort or pain, motivate people to exercise, and help children with autism in the departments of language and social interaction. (Alliance of Therapy Dogs)

How can we effectively cope with stress?

According to the APA - “Relaxation techniques and other stress-relieving activities and therapies have been shown to effectively reduce muscle tension, decrease the incidence of certain stress-related disorders, such as headache, and increase a sense of well-being. For those who develop chronic pain conditions, stress-relieving activities have been shown to improve mood and daily function.”

"More specifically, research on mindfulness has identified these benefits: reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory and focus, less emotional reactivity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, enhance self-insight, morality, Intuition and fear modulation, all functions associated with the brain's middle prefrontal lobe area, increased immune functioning, improvement to well-being, increase information processing speed, as well as decrease task effort and having thoughts that are unrelated to the task at hand." 

US National Institutes of Health - "Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Mind and body practices focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior."

Stress Hormones and Immune Function, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research - “Stress, through the actions of stress hormones, has many detrimental effects on immune function which in turn have implications for health. Interestingly, the use of relaxation techniques has been shown to reverse some of these deleterious effects on immune function. Thus, the role of stress in disease, and the usefulness of practices that reduce stress should not be underestimated."  (Please see our Research page.)

What is the Stress in America Report 2020 by the American Psychological Association?

To better understand how individuals are coping with the extreme stress of this crisis, APA has adapted its annual Stress in America poll into a monthly analysis of stressors and stress levels. Taking a monthly “pulse” to understand how individuals are processing these extreme events will help health leaders and policymakers better align advice and resources to address these evolving mental health needs. (Please see our Research page.)

Oprah Winfrey told Dr. Oz that encouraging everyone at her office to meditate has benefited her company immensely. "People who used to have migraines, don’t. People are sleeping better. People have better relationships. People interact with other people better. It’s been fantastic," she said.

How does stress affect our bodies?

Our bodies are well equipped to handle stress in small doses, but when that stress becomes long-term or chronic, it can have serious effects on your Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, Nervous, Male Reproductive, and Female Reproductive Systems. American Psychological Association, APA. (Please see our Research page.)

How is stress affecting us during Covid-19?

"Many Americans are experiencing considerable stress related to the coronavirus and are also reporting higher levels of general stress than in recent years. American parents are, on average, feeling significantly higher levels of stress than adults without children. Parents report stressors related to education, basic needs, access to health care services and missing out on major milestones."

"The average reported stress level for U.S. adults related to the coronavirus pandemic is 5.9. When asked to rate their stress level in general, the average reported stress for U.S. adults is 5.4. This is significantly higher than the average stress level reported in the 2019 Annual Stress in America survey, which was 4.9, and and marks the first significant increase in average reported stress since the survey began in 2007." American Psychological Association, APA.

What are the meditation and mindfulness benefits for children and teens?

We have a collection of research on meditation and mindfulness effects on children on our Research page and please see AJ's article Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness for Kids.

"In moments of madness, meditation has helped me find moments of serenity and I would like to think that it would help provide young people a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world. It’s a lifelong gift, something you can call on at any time. I think it’s a great thing."  Sir Paul McCartney

 

 

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