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July 12, 2019

“Conversations That Matter” at the Oakwood University Woods,

Community Room on July 26, 2019 at 11:00 am

6205 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705         

Refresh Your Mind with Simple Meditation

June 24, 2019

Refresh Your Mind with Simple Meditation Tips for Beginners

Our waking lives are filled with millions of thoughts every single day. One thought is connected to an emotion that triggers another thought or memory. Our minds are busy all the time. Neuroscientists have studied this phenomena and how meditation helps to change brain chemistry, even creating a healthier brain in the process and reducing running thoughts and a focus on negativity. But getting the mind to quiet down and stop thinking of anything is no easy task, as beginning meditators will tell you. With a few techniques, anyone can practice meditation and receive its benefits.

 

Why meditate?

Meditation affects the mind, body and spirit all at once. The benefits of meditation are widely known and a wide body of knowledge is available through scientific studies. According to Deepak Chopra, M.D, highly acclaimed author and neuroscientist, the benefits of meditation include the following:

  • Lowered Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels

  • Improved Immune Function

  • Increase in production of anti-aging hormone DHEA

  • Decreased depression, insomnia and anxiety

  • Reduces stress and burnout

It is also widely known that meditation helps to heal grief and loss experienced through the loss of a close person or an animal companion. But you don’t have to go to an expensive meditation center to reap the benefits. Meditation is something you can do at home or even in your office chair, for just a few moments, whenever you need a boost.

How to meditate

Learning all the forms of meditation in a brief article isn’t possible so we have taken the liberty to mention one of the common forms to help get you started, and the one we feel is the easiest to accomplish without giving up.

Keep in mind that meditation is designed to help train the mind, just as exercise is designed to train the body. The mind can unlearn and learn old beliefs and negative thoughts, and replace them with new ones through training. When just starting to meditate, the most important goal is to ‘Observe and learn’ how thoughts operate in your mind, and learn to dissipate each one. Once this technique feels comfortable, you can move on to other more complex methods of re-training your brain for maximum benefits.

Basic Mindfulness Meditation

This technique is perhaps the easiest. It’s about focusing on your breathe and your body as it breathes in and out. The idea is to sit or lie down, close your eyes, and put all of your thoughts and attention on your breath, and only your breath. Noticing this happen is all you need to do. Sounds simple, right?  It is simple, but may not be easy at first.

The first time you try this, it will be difficult as your mind will have a thought, and another and another. One thought leads to another. Your job is to catch these thoughts and simply focus back on your breathing. When just beginning, start with just 3 minutes.

With each breath and a new thought enters your mind, just continue bringing your attention back to the breath. Do this over and over no matter how many times your mind wanders, but continue for 3 minutes.  It’s actually helpful to have a timer or set a cell phone alarm for the time.

As you expand in your ability, your meditation time will grow. Eventually if you do this every day for even 30 days, you will begin noticing that you are not thinking of anything at all!

This is the magical space, between thoughts, that you may have heard about from the ‘gurus’. In that space between a thought lies what many consider a connection to ‘all that is’.  This may sound a bit out there if this is the first time hearing this.

One thing that is proven scientifically, however, is that space between thoughts somehow holds the keys to high creativity, productivity and compassion on the part of the meditator (among other benefits).

One final note:  It’s important to understand that while you’re learning to quiet your mind and relax, you are still receiving the restorative benefits that meditation provides. No matter how many times you lose concentration and have to tell yourself to focus on your breath, it’s okay. This is all part of learning to meditate. Perhaps the reason people give up on meditation is because they are judging themselves for not being perfect.  Meditation isn’t perfect. It’s simply a process of doing, just as exercise. Some days are better than others, just like exercise. But when you keep at it, the muscles in the brain work better. The value of meditation has been known since ancient times and proven in scientific studies over the past century. Formerly thought to be a practice for Monks in some distant land, meditation today is a popular way to help manage stress in everyday life. Many forms of meditation practice are taught the world over with some related to world religions, however, the benefits are available to everyone no matter if you’ve never done it before or believe in a different religion.

 

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Creating a Meaningful Service, Let’s Plan Together!

May 29, 2019

Planning Ahead Is Easier Than You Think…

May 21, 2019

We invite you to learn how planning for your final wishes may shield your family from unnecessary emotional and financial burdens.

Join us for a light meal and learn more about pre-arrangements,                 veteran benefits, cremation, green burials and more. 

Please RSVP at (608) 205-4277

U.S. Armed Forces Veterans Benefits

May 11, 2019

It’s The Right Time To Learn

April 27, 2019

Extra-Ordinary Kindness ♥

April 23, 2019

Our Administrative Professionals

Hands down, the best!

With kindness and grace, you offer a “pause”, to any in need, giving all you can.  Feeling the call to help and support, you research and guide, both for the community and the work associates.  We feel your love and strength every day and are forever grateful.

Our full time professional Administrative Team:

Caralyn Stellflue                   Renee Gray                       Debbie Olson

 

 

 

                 

Best Wishes to our full and part time administrative team:

Caralyn Stellflue, Renee Gray, Debbie Olson, Connie Bakken, Rebecca Plitzuweit, Darlene Kohn, Mary Mueller, Colleen Little, Judy Laufenberg

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your professional and compassionate care ♥

The Cress Family and Team Members

Prepare For Your Family

April 19, 2019

Pizza Night and Preplanning Discussion

March 19, 2019

AN INVITATION TO JOIN US

Enjoy pizza and flexible time for questions and answers.

National Funeral Director Recognition Day!

March 6, 2019

Thank you Cress Funeral Directors for dedicating your lives to helping  families heal and lift up the memories and accomplishments of their loved ones ♥ who have passed in death. 

Cress has been blessed with an amazing team of kind hearted professionals.  We are grateful to work along side of each of you.

In 2008, Congress passed a resolution designating March 11th as National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day.

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