Molly Birkholm, my teacher and friend, teaching veterans the healing power of iRest Meditation.
What is iRest?
Integrative Restoration Meditation.
iRest Mindfulness Meditation, is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry. iRest releases negative emotions and thought patterns, calms the nervous system, and develops a deep capacity to meet any and all circumstances you may encounter in your life.
iRest is integrative, in that it heals the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind. It is restorative in that it aids its practitioners in recognising their underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances of life.
What Happens During iRest:
When you come to practice iRest, you can set up comfortably on the floor with pillows and blankets, you can sit in a chair, you can stand or even walk. Then the teacher will help lead you through the meditation. During iRest, we observe and welcome various aspects of our waking existence. We start with the most gross form, the physical body, and then move through more subtle layers, such as the breath, feelings, emotions, beliefs, and joys. As we welcome everything that is present in the body and mind, our emotions and thoughts begin to grow calmer. In the process, we discover and connect to the aspect of ourselves that is always peaceful and at ease.
People using iRest report:
~Decreased stress, anxiety, fear and depression
~Decreased insomnia and sleep disturbances
~Decreased perception of chronic and acute pain
~Improved interpersonal relations
~Increased energy levels
~Increased sense of control in their lives
~More confidence and joy in their lives
~Greater sense of peace and well-being