Start your year off right by learning techniques for stress reduction, emotional resilience, and a deepened relationship with yourself, and everyone around you.
About the Workshop
Join WeWork and clinical psychotherapist Michael Milazzo, MA, MFT for a complimentary 30 minute meditation workshops. Learn how “actively doing nothing” can lower stress, increase productivity, help people find life/work balance, deepen relationships, and benefit singles seeking meaningful relationships. (CA MFT License# 80088)
Resource & Research
💻 UCLA & Cousin’s Center for Psychoneuroimmunology
In partnership with UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center
Link to 2015-2016 research highlights.
🎥 How Does Meditation Change the Brain?
Scientific America: Instant Egghead #54
00:02:24 on brain changes recorded in the last 10 years
🎥 The Scientific Power of Meditation
00:02:59 synopsis on scientific findings
💻 Wiki: Research on Meditation
Various research into the psychological and physiological effects of meditation using the scientific method of the western tradition.
Why I Encourage People to Meditate
When I was 27 years old, I was subject to a long overdue, two-day, formal assessment (and the resulting diagnosis) of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder. It wasn’t until my mid-thirties that I decided to try pharmacological interventions to help with the distractedness, and associated mood-related issues I’d known throughout my entire life. For me, pharmacology failed. I felt no different after a year-and-a-half of experimentation with a few different popular medications.
… For years I thought the practice of meditation was ‘out of reach’, ‘not for me’, and ‘impossible.’
Despite the belief that meditation would benefit me, for years I thought the practice of meditation was ‘out of reach’, ‘not for me’, and ‘impossible’. But as time went by, I refused to let ADD continue to drag against my productivity, my career, and most importantly, my belief about what I was capable of doing. So, I signed up for an eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Therapist seminar, and not surprisingly, I failed to do my homework week after week. What I did develop was a better understanding of mindfulness meditation, and over time my practice grew. No I did not, and still do not, meditate for 45 minutes a day, but I do meditate more days than I don’t, and I no longer think that it is impossible to sit quietly and just be – even for someone with ADD.
My point is, most people tell me that they just can’t meditate, can’t sit still, can’t, can’t, can’t! Yet here I am, with a diagnosis that basically says I should have a VERY hard time meditating, and still I am working on a practice and reaping the benefits.
I’ve included a bunch of links (above) to articles, blogs, and videos that run down some of the research and recent meditation findings. Take a look, it helped to motivate me to start my practice.
What we seem to be learning is that we need quietness. Our brains and bodies need stillness . . .
What we seem to be learning is that we need quietness. Our brains and bodies need stillness, and I’m not talking about living in a cave for 30 years, or even sixty minutes a day. Researchers are seeing lasting, positive changes in brain activity in people who spend as little as ten minutes a day being still.
Mindfulness meditation is a great way to begin a practice of stillness, contemplation, and self-compassion. I started to notice an emotional resilience about six months into what I would characterize as a mediocre, not-even-everyday-practice of mindfulness meditation. The results are subtle and easy to miss, but one day when my body and brain were tired, and my mind began spinning thoughts of gloom and doom, I found myself taking a breath and rallying, rather than engaging with the unhelpful broadcast of thoughts my mind was automatically churning out. I remember thinking, “wow, is this from the meditation? Maybe?”
I would not characterize my practice as robust, and I don’t need to. I’m getting results, I’m noticing that I’m less negative, I’m more self-aware, I’m more resilient in the face of emotionally-draining situations, and I’m better at knowing what I need when I need it. It’s helped to deepen my relationship with others and with myself.
I am offering this workshop for free because I think meditation is something that everyone can benefit from, and that everyone can fit it into their lives. Its a great way to get to know yourself better, what drives you, what comforts you, and manage those self-defeating thoughts that permeate so many different domains of our lives.