In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast powered by CoachArt, our Executive Director and host Greg sits down with Lizzie Neff, a Senior Program Manager at CoachArt. Lizzie is also a meditation leader and yoga instructor and she’s here to lead us on a guided meditation!
Lizzie has incorporated her knowledge of (and love for) meditation into her work with CoachArt — with CoachArt children and families as well as her fellow staff. In our episode today, she takes us on a modified ‘body scan’ meditation, which involves focusing carefully on specific parts of your body from your head to your toes, to really listen to how your body is feeling. As Lizzie explains, meditating can help people of all ages find peace, release stress and negative emotions, and also make you feel more productive, imaginative, and creative.
You can find out more information about Lizzie’s wellness work at her website, Pursuit of Self.
There are also numerous online resources to guide your meditation (including many free sessions on YouTube):
Here’s a fascinating explanation of Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts’s experience using Headspace, a popular meditation app. Tracey details meditation’s impact on her struggle with Fibromyalgia, a complex chronic condition that affects how your body perceives pain. It’s a great look into one person’s experience with the power of meditation.
Yoga Journal shares an insightful guide on the impacts of meditation on the body, as well as tips and advice about how to maximize the positive effects.
Over at Green Child Magazine, there’s a wonderful set of free guided meditation scripts for children. There are numerous written scripts to read to a child with various themes and approaches, all geared toward helping a child relax and enjoy the benefits of meditation.
If you have a child that may qualify for CoachArt programs, visit: CoachArt.org.