You can reach me at 208.557.8603. My office is located on 6th Avenue next to Idaho State University in the University Historic District of Pocatello.
The most important and fundamental skill to learn for meditation is how to deeply relax. Even if learning to deeply relax is the only thing we learn, we have achieved an incredibly useful skill for these chaotic and complex times. Through physical and mental relaxation we become “psychologically safe,” and are able to respond rather than react to our world.
Once we truly know how to relax, only then can we learn to meditate. Through meditation we learn to work with “monkey mind,” the untrained mind that wanders off repeatedly and distorts reality. We learn how to be present in our lives in a way that is deeply fulfilling.
Individual meditation instruction is always helpful. Daily meditation practice is highly recommended. I can provide basic meditation instruction, support you in establishing a daily practice and help you develop additional ways to improve your life using mindfulness.
For more extensive instruction and support on meditation, contact White Cloud Zen Center.
Mindfulness in Psychotherapy
Some of my most successful clients have learned to make good use of mindfulness skills during the course of the work we did together. Mindfulness can be quite helpful for building skills to manage stress, enjoy life, regulate emotions and work with challenging experiences. It leads to a friendly kind of curiosity that is open to new experiences.
It is a skill that needs to be developed in order to be useful.
The best way to get started in mindfulness meditation is to start where you are. For most people this means starting with the daunting experience of a chaotic and undisciplined mind. A chaotic mind like this is extremely ordinary and the key learning mindfulness is to stick with meditation long enough to give it a chance to calm your mind. It takes practice, perseverance and faith. The best and most efficient way is learn meditation is to do it daily, just as the best way to get in physical shape is to go to the gym on a regular basis. I recommend working up to at least 20 minutes per day, starting with 5 minutes per day and building up the amount of time slowly.
If you would like support for your meditation practice while engaging in counseling with me, please let me know.
Individual Meditation Instruction:
If you are not looking for counseling at this time but would like more individualized and detailed instruction on mindfulness and meditation, I provide meditation instruction through White Cloud Meditation Center on a donation basis. Fundamental principles on where and how to place the mind and body can go a long way in supporting mindfulness and meditation practices that help cultivate compassion, equanimity and emotional regulation. It helps immensely to have the support of a teacher. For more information, call me (Terry) at 208.557.8603 or contact White Cloud Meditation Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.