By Nolan Patrick Smith
High Desert Daily Staff Writer
(Hesperia)-Meditation: to focus, to reach inner peace, to learn how to reduce stress in a stressful world. Meditation only works for the hardcore fitness or spiritual guru types who have done it for years, not for every day people like you and me, right?
Brenda Warren, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and resident of the High Desert, works as a part of Advanced Counseling in Hesperia, but also has a dream all her own. Having been a long time practitioner of meditation, Ms. Warren is spreading the word and techniques of meditation at the office, but also in off site sessions at no cost. But is it for anyone?
“It isn’t true that only special people can do meditation or that it’s just for certain ones: it is for everybody, anyone can do it, you just have to learn a few techniques and get going on it.” Ms. Warren spoke to High Desert Daily about the process of meditation, and what it truly means.
“At its heart, meditation is a spiritual practice. You experience the soul connection.” The connection is reached with various practices, including breathing techniques and focusing on various areas. The connection can be small, like learning some stress relieving techniques, to as large as reaching a deep, soulful connection. It all depends on how far much one wants to dedicate into meditation.
Another myth is the pose you need to be in to meditate, but Ms. Warren puts that myth to rest as well. “One of the myths about meditation is that you have to sit in an uncomfortable lotus pose. No, it’s about being comfortable.”
Ms. Warren has two classes a week, one on site at Advanced Counseling in Hesperia on Tuesdays, the second on Saturdays at an offsite location. Tuesday’s classes have a fee of $15.00 since they are housed in the office, but the Saturday classes are free of charge.
Warren also expressed she would be willing to teach community groups the practice of meditation as a volunteer as her way to help improve her community.
If you would like more information on the classes, please e-mail Ms. Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to read about a person’s first time experience with meditation, check back on www.highdesertdaily.com as Staff Reporter Nolan Smith will attend a class firsthand and report back on the experience.
I have always used mindfulness to become part of
the moment of doing something and fully engaging.
For instance, when drinking tea or coffee, fully
become aware of all aspects of the preparation,
pouring, and drinking without thinking of
something else. Just be present, its a great
exercise and then return to the breath when