Meditation works! Research clearly shows that meditation is beneficial for a range of mental health concerns and can significantly change the structure and function of the brain. In this seminar, you will learn the science behind meditation and understand that all meditations are not created equal. Different styles of meditation require different types of attention, intention and brain activation patterns. Based on this understanding we have identified 4 styles of meditation (Focus, Mindfulness, Open Heart, Quiet Mind) that can be matched with specific mental health concerns. This approach allows us to individualize meditation interventions to fit the specific goals and needs of our clients.
Learn how and why certain meditative techniques are more effective than others at addressing symptoms of mood, anxiety, attention and “disorders of the self.” This seminar will go beyond traditional meditation practices and explore mind-body strategies that intersect with other therapeutic approaches, such as biofeedback and mindfulness-in-motion (yoga, qigong). Seminar participants will learn a variety of tips and teaching strategies to use immediately with a variety of clients.
Agenda & Schedule
8:30am – 9:30am – Your Brain on Meditation
Meditation Changes the Brain
The 4 types of Meditative Practices
Matching Meditation with Mental Health
Choosing a NeuroMeditation style
9:30– 11:30pm – ADHD: Strategies to Increase Focus & Self-Monitoring
The Unfocused Brain
Focused Attention Meditation
Tips and Strategies
Breathing Pacers and HRV protocols and practice
11:30am - 12:30pm – Anxiety: Strategies to Manage & Address Judgment and Over-Thinking
Anxiety and Stress: the Link
Thoughts are not facts!
12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm – Anxiety, Cont.
Challenging the Storyteller
Observe and Challenge
Staying in the Present
The Anxious Brain
Strategies to Quiet the Brain
Open Monitoring Meditation
Mindfulness in Nature (Virtual Reality)
2:30pm -2:45pm – Break
2:45pm -3:30pm - Depression: Strategies to Shift Perspective
The Depressed Brain
Accessing Positive Emotions
Deepen the Positive
Taking in the Good
Loving Kindness/Compassion Meditations
NeuroMeditation protocols and practice
3:30pm – 4:15pm – OCD and Personality Disorders: Strategies to Quiet the Mind
The Brain and Self-talk
Automatic Self-Transcending Meditations:
Entrain the Brain: Increase Alpha
Time in Nature
Strategies to Shift Perspective
4:15pm– 4:30pm – Wrap Up
Integrating the Information
Mary Jane Schaftel, RN
Mary Jane Schaftel is a licensed Registered Nurse for UCHealth in Colorado, where she has specialized in Cardiac Nursing and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation for the past twelve years. In 2012, she received and has maintained certification as a Health and Wellness Coach with Wellcoaches. As a certified NMI Instructor, and as founder of SOS Brain Coach, Mary Jane provides individual coaching and group workshops to promote sustainable, healthy lifestyles that foster self regulation and combat chronic disease. She incorporates biofeedback, EEG NeuroMeditation, and Virtual Reality as non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical components to her coaching model for stress management and positive performance.
Prior to nursing, Mary Jane received a B.A. in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, and she spent ten years as an educator of advanced Biology in Baltimore, Maryland; São Paulo, Brazil and Jacksonville, Florida. Her prolific history in healthcare and education has provided her a multitude of enriching life experiences with people of varying ages, cultures, and health backgrounds.
Today, as a survivor of Stage 3 Breast Cancer, her personal growth continues to fuel her lifelong passion for partnering with others as they journey towards greater physical and mental wellbeing.
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Based on the content of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
-Define key concepts related to meditation and mindfulness
-Explain how meditation changes the structure and function of the brain.
-Describe 4 different types of meditation
-Distinguish which meditation practices might be ideal for certain mental health concerns
-Discuss supplemental practices that can be effectively combined with meditation to enhance benefits