Consciousness Meditation classes and groups are held every three weeks in my office in Doral, FL. As you kick off the new year with a commitment to good health, consider adding meditation to your self-improvement list. Meditation not only calms your mind and reduces stress, but reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. JB: If a person consciously tries to let go of thoughts, to get beyond thoughts or forcefully get rid of them, it's called "straining in meditation" and usually only creates more thoughts and often causes a headache.

Quick tip: If you find it difficult to meditate on your own, try Headspace, a meditation app created by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe. If you are looking to let go of stress, a meditation that focuses on a mantra or mandala could be helpful. He also adds that transcendental meditation may reduce heart disease risks for both healthy people and those with diagnosed heart conditions.
We asked meditation teacher Jeanne Ball to share her tips on how to begin and what to expect.

The motive that drives you to want to meditate will determine the type of meditation that is best for you.
If you are looking to get closer to your spiritual nature then a Consciousness Meditation brings you to a higher level of spirituality.

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