“Crazy” people are part of the human experience, and apparently, they’re really getting on New Yorkers’ nerves, who are finding it hard to cope through willpower or attitude changes. According to a “Stress in America: Mind/Body Health” report published by the American Psychological Association (APA), New Yorkers struggle more than other Americans (32 percent vs. 27 percent nationally) to make the lifestyle and behavior changes that they feel they most need. Their #1 goal was better relationships;
“They may be crazy,” she replied to one lady who was getting fed up with some of her business clients’ attitudes “but that doesn’t mean you have to be.” One of the benefits of meditation is the ability to stay centered, in your peace and on your focus, even though people around you are doing things that make no sense, says Dr. M. “When you meditate, you can get a much clearer idea of how to interact with those people effectively without becoming negatively affected by their behavior yourself.”
Two days later, she had a similar conversation with a couple asking if meditation would help their rocky relationship. “Definitely,”
There’s a growing wave of interest in meditation among New Yorkers, as reflected by an explosion of meditation Meetups in NYC to a count of nearly 500, an influx of mass meditation events like the “I Meditate NY” launch event attended by 2,700, and an increase in corporate meditation programs at companies like Google, Yahoo!, and Martha Stewart as reported recently in the New York Post.
In response to this growing hunger for meditation programs, the City College of New York will offer its first-ever meditation course on Thursdays from March 15 through May 17, from 6:30 pm to 9:00pm. But participants can expect to go beyond the usually touted benefits of stress management, relaxation, and mental focus, and look forward to also achieving personal breakthroughs in their relationships, their degree of will power, and in other life areas.
The course will be instructed by transformational author and meditation expert, Dr. Antonia Martinez, PhD, a NYC resident and Director of Healing Spirit, http://www.healingspirit.com/
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Antonia “Dr. M” Martinez, PhD—The Inner Power Doctor—has a way of provoking the kinds of conversations, interactions, and internal insights that open people up to an undiscovered path of personal evolution. Known for her innovative approaches to conscious life and relationship transformation for professionals, managers and entrepreneurs, Dr. M’s work in the field of achieving breakthroughs has been described as ground breaking. She empowers people to heal, grow and transform from the inside out in areas where they have been chronically challenged, stuck, stagnant or stifled. The author of several transformational books, games, and educational programs, including the Inner Power Workbook and the Next Step Deck for alchemical goal achievement, Dr. M teaches the Meditation program at the City College of New York.