The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 28, 2013

Health benefits from meditation


Being mindful teaches us to look at life situations and interactions in a whole new way. When we practice the various meditative techniques, either through learning to monitor our breathing, listening to guided visualizations, or engaging in various healthy activities, all help us to stay present and focused. In doing so healing occurs on all levels. Our minds, bodies, souls and emotions make up the various levels that register pleasure or pain. We are spiritual beings in physical form that create infinite possibilities that allow us to learn our life lessons. Meditation connects us to our inner wisdom. We are never truly alone. We are always being guided by a higher power to choose wisely. Rocio Ayard-Ochoa has experienced this.

She explains, “Meditating facilitates me to be the best version of myself and letting go of anything else that is not beneficial.”

The multiple reasons given to attend my classes are as varied as the participants’ ages and backgrounds. Men and women both report they welcome the community of like-minded individuals. Many students have taken my classes for the entire seven years I have taught. Jean Smith is one of those. She reports that meditation is life changing.

Smith explains, “I have learned how we are all connected and every single person you meet is an opportunity to offer peace and love. By combining the power of the class we can help others in crisis.”

No matter if a person is new to meditation or has advanced into the Level 4 meditation class, all become empowered. All develop some level of healing. Kathi Sherman is just completing her first eight weeks in Level 1 meditation. She shares, “Meditation is teaching me new techniques to help deal with everyday stress. Marcia’s soothing guidance has made for a most pleasant experience. Her teachings are having a positive impact in my life!”

I welcome everyone to embrace a daily meditative practice to create a healthier and happier lifestyle. The new session of meditation classes begin at the YWCA the week of April 9. For class details, visit

Marcia Flory, a registered nurse, is an Usui Reiki Master Teacher.

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