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Buddhist Meditation with Lobsang Chunzom

George Grombacher July 29, 2022

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Buddhist Meditation with Lobsang Chunzom

LifeBlood: We talked about Buddhist meditation, how we all struggle with stress in our own ways, how to put beliefs at work in our lives, and the benefits of meditation, with Lobsang Chunzom, Buddhist nun, worldwide meditation teacher, and Founder of the Limitless Health Institute. 

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Come on

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what Blippo This is George G. And the time is right, welcome today’s guest strong and powerful tunes on log sang tunes. Are you ready to do this? Yes, I am. All right, let’s go. Here. I’m excited to have you on today as a Buddhist nun, she’s worldwide teacher of meditation and philosophy in the sankalpa. Tibetan tradition. She’s the founder of the limitless Health Institute tunes, I’m excited to have you on tell us a little about your personal lives more about your work and why you do what you do?

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Oh, that’s a big question. Right out of the gate. Right out, you just go for it. That’s super, I think that’s

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where to begin, we’ve never worked for me. And I like to go from where I am now, let’s say, and I was thinking, you know, today,

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talking to you, at this time,

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kind of matches to will, where we are as an organization, limitless Health Institute. And there’s so much anxiety and uncertainty going on. So I’ve, I’ve managed to

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put together a lot of programs and organization that

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reflects how what we also will going through in our personal life during the 2020 2021 pandemic and all that,

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you know, and that had to come into our work. So our personal lives became a little bit more involved in our work, because we were all affected by the same things. And that brought a bit of a unity to our organization, and also to the programs that we were doing, because there was a certain equanimity in what people were experiencing at that time. And it’s still continuing with different events, obviously.

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So what I do is that is how much of what my knowledge is throughout my life that I’ve learned how to bring that my experiences into helping people to help other people.

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Because there’s nothing better than having a sense of empathy, when you are working to help others. And it’s not like we all have to go through the exact same experiences through life. But as long as there’s some understanding, for the

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same suffering different experience of it.

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And that must go back to some deep Buddhist trainings, which I’ve been studying for over 30 years. And then I also utilize that in my dance movement psychotherapy practice. And that’s when we created limitless Health Institute to bring those ideas together and those kinds of services.

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Very personal, creative services to people who needed help.

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Love it.

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Where did you grow up? And how does one become a Buddhist? Nun? Yeah, that’s so I have no idea how that happened. You know, because I am an American. I am a New Yorker, I grew up Lower East Side. You

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how do you go from a Roman Catholic family?

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large family, of course, then

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seven kids. And

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and and, you know, we were good. You know, I did all the things at a young Catholic

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you know, childhood communion of the rich and are very rituals and we went to mass, we did things. So there was already a sense of practice of some kind of whatever your belief is, there’s a practice that goes with it, not just a belief in your mind just thinking about,

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you know, God, Mohammed, Jesus, whoever you’re focusing on. But there’s a principles and values that go along with it. But there’s also how do you this goes right into meditation? It is like, how do you then think that these things every day? How do they become active in your daily life? To me, that’s the link between all practices of different faiths and beliefs, this certain activities of kindness and compassion and love that we carry out throughout the day. That then brings the understandings of the different beliefs together. So that slid me right into Buddhist scriptures, because I had questions

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And I had questions about

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my, you know, growing up and what is who is who and who did what and what’s happening.

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And I found that the is an extraordinary amount of literature and commentary, commentaries on the few sutras that Lord Buddha had taught. And many of my questions were answered.

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And that just kept going.

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We bring those teachings into the programs of LH I love it. So you’re curious person, you were trying to solve life trying to solve life’s mysteries, trying to trying to figure things out and came upon or across the chaos of crazy? Yeah, chaos is crazy growing up, right.

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And, and, and those really resonated with you. And now obviously, you’ve been taking and applying these and putting the beliefs to work in your life for for ever sets. And that’s led you to, to found the limitless Health Institute and to, to have a focus on meditation and dance and helping people to manage and deal with the anxiety of stress. And that’s always been there, and then really exacerbated by the last several years. So as you look at society, and what are what are some of those? How, how our stress and anxiety really manifesting in the world today? Oh, I don’t know, that would have to be up to the individual.

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Yeah, I mean, if you how do you want to phrase the question? How do we see it in the environment? How do we see it in ourselves, we’d have to be up to the individual stresses, so super individual

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Well, can we say that every

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situation that occurs

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must include a stress, it would be impossible to say that when something happens that every single person would react the same. So stress is a very individual. And it has a lot to do with the stresses we grew up with, you know, like how we will coping, and able to manage, as we were very young, very young, because that’s kind of when our a lot of our developmental coping mechanisms come, you know, develop is, you know, we took them 1234 very young age. And so it depends on a person like that, how they’re going to,

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when they’re in an environment that

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you know, how do you want to define an explosive, you know, like a war zone? Or are they in a

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Got about the pandemic, right?

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We’re all we’re all having these these individual experiences. And, yeah,

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life is full of, of pain and suffering in one form or another. And we develop ways to deal with it as little kids or, you know,

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tangibly and continually because we could go back and re rebuild to, you know, if you get super messed up young, we could help.

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We can all you know, we have mechanisms and within us that could also rebuild many

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from traumas things. Yeah. That’s, that’s, that’s, that’s what a big opportunity is, is the opportunity to recognize where it is that I am individually experiencing stress and anxiety, how it is that I’m coping with that, and then potentially replace negative or not beneficial coping mechanisms was something that is better.

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That’s one way to look at it. Super.

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You could say that, what is a better way to say it?

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More, I know, I would just add more to bring it back to the more personal as well. So

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let’s say an example of

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someone who just

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gets stressed in a crowd anxiety in a crowd, especially now. I just did a program people you know, it’s a choice now whether some people are super stressed, they’ll wear the mask and attract

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and some won’t, but they’re stressed in different ways.

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So really, it’s it’s it does

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To enter into how do we interact with others? And that’s what’s really important. So if we’re in a situation that might be a little bit stressful brings up some anxiety, identify, of course, because it is, this is what

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this is when I feel anxiety, is it a crowd, so you could then prepare one is with a mask, which then helped that person to get through the crowd? Because that was the anxiety was the COVID. Another person, it’s just crowds in general.

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So what did they do, they don’t have that mechanism maybe to pull up like just a mask. So then for that person, it’s probably something a little bit deeper for all crowds. So, so already, we have to look at that. So one thing is, what is it they might need that would give them comfort in a crowd.

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And then that would be part of the work that you would do at them to uncover that they may know they may not know, they may again, like you said us things that temporarily give or maybe aren’t so good, as well, they give us comfort, not everything that gives us comfort is so super good for us after the comfort is

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Addiction Addictions,

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etc. So, like that.

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Bad relationships, bad relationships, prescription drugs.

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Yeah, yeah.

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So what we would recommend for that person, once they can identify what they need, they help somebody else in an anxious situation. And between that really in that kind of a relationship is how you build your own

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what you need.

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So, whenever we can find what we need, in this particular stressful situation, like the crowd,

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we help others also, in whatever way we can, could be just talking to them listening to them, problem solving with them, or sharing experiences, you just help them with that and continually do it and your experience will change because you perceive now getting some help, because you have seen yourself give help. So the mind now has the capacity to perceive support coming to someone which is now you

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in a crowd, because you now see it, you now have it within your database

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that you can now see help coming to you because you have done the action yourself. This is this is a very big, big

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thing to understand. Yeah, yeah, that certainly does make sense how my brain will then connect it and says, Oh, look at that. George is capable of, of, of, of, of helping somebody else, and therefore he’s obviously capable of helping himself so can move on in a more beneficial way. How does meditation fit in, if, if at all.

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So meditation in that, within that context, meditation gives you the opportunity to review that and that understanding and then go deeper than what you said, there’s different types of meditation, you know, there’s

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a type of meditation where you just fix your mind on one single point,

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a type of meditation where you might review like,

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like studying something reviewing a list, like just memorizing some people reviews, also sometimes chanting

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although they don’t call it reviewing, but it’s like repeating something over and over in your mind. So that also could come to some people do meditations and then also when is to analyze something.

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And there’s a structure in which you can go into something to analyze

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certain debate in like a certain way that the mind can be

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about what they are proceeding or what they are trying to understand.

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now I’ve got your question, but

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so so can you share an example of how I might analyze something and how that would be meditative?

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it’s an interesting thing because

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first react

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it’s kind of like we’re some of those meditations will overlap within within, okay. So those ideas would overlap within so there has to be this focus on a single point you have to be

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be able to get to that focus point. So there’s so many things that come before you’re able to even focus.

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So you can’t just like jump into analyzing otherwise,

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you’re just you might as well do that with your eyes open, and debate it and study something. And that’s, that’s valid.

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But once you go into a deeper state of meditation, there’s

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to get to that single pointed concentration is is.

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The analyzation of of a topic would turn into a conversation in your head, without that single pointed concentration.

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I don’t know how else to say that I’m not really meditating that exactly, you just just sort of thinking about something,

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which again, is the valid if you could find five, you know, 10, quiet minutes in your time to sit and contemplate this is, this is extraordinary. So it wouldn’t be beneficial to do that.

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And then

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I could,

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I’m so focused on somebody that I, I really want to help them, right. So I’m really focused on the kind of help that I want to give them.

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And I now want to make a plan about how to help them, I can close my eyes and meditate, and go through a nice little story of what I might want to do to help that.

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I’m going to come to your house.

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And you’ll open the door, and we’ll sit down or something like that you make the plan, and then I’ll help you do your bills. You know, that’s like a thinking thing. But what’s the feeling under that? What’s my motivation? These are the kinds of things where you can go deeper into analyzing, is that person? How is that person separate from me? How is that person connected to me?

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What? How will my how will that plant the seed for me to get help? Coming back to me? What does that do to my brainwaves, when I’m actually see myself sitting next to them, helping them with their bills,

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you know, their, you know, their monthly thing getting, you know, some elder person, you know, that maybe need some assistance organizing their life. And

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I have to think about how is that really going to change my life?

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Because you would know just thinking about it. So what are the things you would think about?

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Yeah, I can see how that goes considerably deeper than me, just consciously getting out of pen and paper saying, well, on Thursday, I’m going to go over to Janet’s house, and I’m going to bring over some food and I’m going to cut her grass. And that’s going to be it’s going to be very helpful.

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Which is very, very nice and great. But the the much the once you start going deeper and peeling back the layers.

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So how is that person? You know, like to the to the extent, you know, is that person in the room before I got there?

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Just for you for a second?

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Well, yeah, but let’s let’s let’s assume that Janet is just at home because she’s not able to leave her home. Let’s take let’s take

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you know, every time you walk into an empty room,

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right, let’s you walk into a room, and there’s this

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is a some flat surface. And there’s something on on top of the surface, right? You walk into the room, but you don’t quite identify yet what it is

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what you know, but there’s you just see the color and the shapes.

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And at what point do you identify that that’s a glass on the table.

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You might say, oh, when the lights came on?

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Or maybe you were standing in a corner and you couldn’t quite see, you know, you could just see the glimmer of the thing you didn’t know it was a glass on the table.

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And then is it a glass? So is it a glass on the table when you walked in the door? Or was it when you picked it up in your head? You say Oh, this is a glass of you know that I’m supposed to drink water. So when did it become a glass of water? I didn’t say water at the beginning a glass on the table, that’s for sure. Okay, and that’s

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The kind of thinking you would do in a deeper meditation.

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And might you might, you know, review an experience you had, when you make contact? Like, when is it that you make contact with the object? We make contact with people around us with our eyes fears, all our senses.

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And then, but the eyeballs just pick up the object they don’t think, oh, this, this is he’s wearing I don’t know, blue shirt. I just see shirt. Not even I just, you know, see, hey, actually because I you know, and then the next use each shirt, like what do you even see first?

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So that’s the kind of thinking you might do in a meditation

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When whenever I contacted the water, or the glass,

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glass probably would have said, well, as soon as I can see it clearly, then I’d probably recognize that it’s a glass. And I would consider contacting it when I pick it up. But I wouldn’t also contact you, right? Yeah, yes. Sure. Yeah. But I just because I feel right, just because I see somebody on the street doesn’t mean a contact them. And just because they have conversation doesn’t necessarily mean that I contacted them. If we shook hands, maybe that means I contacted I don’t know, maybe let me, let me ask you a question.

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When the dog walks into the room, and runs over to the table,

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and the glass, uh, you know, let’s just say it’s, you know, it’s not a big accident or anything, but you know, like, when they make contact with the glass, we don’t know if it breaks or not. But what did they see?

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Do they see a table?

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A glass?

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What does the dog see? I don’t know.

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At that, but that’s, that’s a great question. Then the question goes, who’s right? Right? Yes. You know, we call it probably the dog.

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Yeah, have it? So is it blast before you walk into the room?

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I like it. So how does one

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enter into the world of meditation?

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Well, I think now, it’s such a, it’s kind of a

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it’s a word that has lost it. You know, like, it’s a word that’s used so often

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for different things. So I think everybody goes for it for different reasons. It depends on what the word means to them. And then I hope that they find what they seek upon that definition that they find for themselves. But I think meditation is used so often in in different situations that now people see it, you know, and think it is something what do you think meditation is?

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I, I am a person that I want to have a process that I can follow. And

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so when I wanted to learn about meditation, I went on YouTube, and I just started searching for how to meditate. And so that’s how I discovered meditation. And that’s essentially, that’s that that’s what sort of got me in the door.

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So what do I think it is that I don’t know that I can

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necessarily articulate that

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other than deep thinking and concentration? Perhaps is, is is probably what I would say. So then that means that that that’s what you would want from it, you know, like, so. I like the direction that YouTube got you in the door. That’s really a very common.

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And it’s cool. I think it’s great. We do some videos in our inner Essentials program, we did a lot of videos at the especially during the quarantine because, you know, in New York, it went a lot longer than it did in many places. So actually, our business increased at that time, we were able to serve people amazing, you know, like it more. And they were ready. So, anyway, essential. So they’re guided meditations with also visuals. And that will get you in the door, something like that. Like you said, on YouTube, you found something it’s not very instructional, it’s more guided meditation. And that’s a nice way to get yourself into the door of like, oh, I can sit for 10 minutes, six minutes. 12 minutes a day is very practical, even science, science. You know, research has shown how that can affect the brainwaves, different illnesses and stuff like that, but we even go beyond that. But and then if that gets you in the door, but one thing that’s super helpful and almost I would say

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You couldn’t do it without a live teacher

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a teacher

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maybe they change over to you know, it’s it’s like someone who has the experience themselves and you have a relationship with because then they can guide you really personally is because that kind of deep thinking is very deep personal process as we started with a conversation right before even our we experienced stress or something like that. So with the teacher and also, I would look for a teacher

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that gives me like you mentioned meditation for you is somewhere where you can contemplate and, and give that kind of time. So look for a teacher that is focused in the same way that you are.

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And then I think you know, that’s the best way to start.

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I love it.

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Thank you so much for coming on. Where can people learn more about you? How can they engage with you?

Unknown Speaker 26:06
We have limitless dot Health

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Institute is our Instagram

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and limitless health. is our website. We do lots of programs throughout New York. But of course, we now have increased we working online throughout the United States, even Europe. We bring programs to your organization, your family, your hospital, we come to you, we customize our programs to your knees. That’s how we are so very good at knowing what is it that you need if we could give you and our personnel it is we’re ready for your journey.

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Love it. If you enjoyed as much as I did show tunes on your appreciation and share today’s show with a friend who also appreciates good ideas. Find the limitless Health Institute on Instagram, it’s limitless dot health dot Institute. And then find them online at limitless limit lists health I’ll link those in the notes of the show. And if you’ve been if you feel like you’re stressed out or experiencing anxiety, if you’ve been thinking about meditation, people meditating about getting into meditation, whatever, check it out and think that there is a program that will help you get to where you want to go. Thanks again chin zoom. Okay, thank you. It’s been lovely talking about these things. Likewise, and until next time, keep fighting the good fight. We’re all in this together.

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