Meditation

We get healthy, we get real, and we come to experience others in an entirely new way.

Meditation practice is a wonderful adjunct to counseling or psychotherapy, particularly for people suffering chronic, low grade anxiety. But there’s far more to it and its value.

The Larger Problem

I think the growing craziness in our culture is due to a variety of factors, but by far the most important is that very few of us take the time to simply stop, be still, and attend to ourselves. We are also continually bombarded with the imagined need to go even faster, and to supposedly become happier by consuming more and responding to endless messages about what to look like and how to be. Worst of all, we have largely lost sight of reality itself, more and more lost in concepts about it. These factors, combined with endless distractions, cause us to lose ourselves.

Meditation as Solution

Daily meditation (which few people really understand) literally cures all that. Its practice leads to a more intimate connection with our real selves, and with the real world of which we are a part. It opens our hearts so that we can experience empathy and appreciation for others, and it greatly reduces franticness and greed. Meditation has also proven remarkably helpful in reducing or eliminating physical ailments of all sorts. We get healthy, we get real, and we come to experience others in an entirely new way, mostly devoid of judgment or comparison.

My Training

My own training in meditation is extensive. For more than 35 years I have practiced sitting and walking Zen meditation with a number of well regarded Japanese and American Zen Masters. I’ve also traveled many times to S.E. Asia to learn a wide variety of Burmese and Thai methods of focusing body, breath, and mind, and studied several forms of Chinese Taoist meditation, both in stillness and in the stillness at the center of movement.

Learning Meditation

Many people, curious about meditation, read about it in books, but studying it that way is akin to learning to swim from a manual. You have to really jump in, and a knowledgeable teacher can help you establish basic skills far more quickly than reading written instruction or trying it on your own. Others may join various meditation groups, but these often provide some experience with little or no personal teaching.

What I provide.

I offer instruction at times convenient for you, and work either individually, or with any size group you may wish to form. I particularly like teaching employees of high stress organizations or businesses. And as your interest in meditation grows and you wish to join a formal group, I can refer you to whatever style you may be drawn to.

Robert W. Hermer, M.A., Ph.C.
Phone: 206.632.9122
Email: bob@roberthermer.com