Simply Meditate, with Dena: What, Why, When, How

Welcome – and thank you for visiting the Meditation by Telephone site.

On this page you will find basic information to answer questions on the What, Why, When, and How of these calming meditation calls.

~ Dena Clayton

WHAT

A simple form of mindfulness meditation that can be learned and practiced by telephone.

For a taste of what happens on the calls, click here.

WHY

Health benefits! Many scientific studies have been done on the effects of meditation.

A few of the abundant benefits include:

Increased immune function, relaxation, ability to sleep, and sense of wellbeing.

Decreased pain, inflammation, stress and anxiety. Lowered blood pressure.

Links to related articles:

Mindfulness Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in 8 Weeks;

Harvard Study Unveils What Meditation Literally Does to the Brain;

20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today

The Science Behind Meditation.

WHEN

To view the calendar of 3 telephone classes I host weekly, click here .

And, click here for dates, times, and other basic details. (See GMT/UTC + other Time Zones)

HOW

How to experience a Meditation call:

  1. Go to the Fees page.
  2. Use one of the online payment buttons there, at the bottom of the page.
  3. Immediately after you register, you will receive an email welcoming you and providing contact details (phone number and access code).

There are currently 58 countries from which calls can connect with our Meditation telephone line. The conference call company is always expanding this reach. If you do not see your country on the list, below, it might be in the process of arriving soon – please come back to see.

Countries where the conference call line we use is available:

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Chile

China

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech

Denmark

Dominican Republic

Estonia

Finland

France

GCC/Arabian Peninsula

Georgia

Germany

Guatemala

Hungary

Iceland

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kenya

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxenbourg

Malaysia

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Norway

Pakistan

Panama

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russian Federation

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Turkey

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States

Simply Meditate, with Dena: What, Why, When, How

Welcome – and thank you for visiting the Meditation by Telephone site.

On this page you will find basic information to answer questions on the What, Why, When, and How of these calming meditation calls.

~ Dena Clayton

 

WHAT

A simple form of mindfulness meditation that can be learned and practiced by telephone.

For a taste of what happens on the calls, click here.

 

WHY

Health benefits! Many scientific studies have been done on the effects of meditation.

A few of the abundant benefits include:

Increased immune function, relaxation, ability to sleep, and sense of wellbeing.

Decreased pain, inflammation, stress and anxiety. Lowered blood pressure.

Links to related articles:

Mindfulness Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in 8 Weeks;

Harvard Study Unveils What Meditation Literally Does to the Brain;

20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today

The Science Behind Meditation.

 

WHEN

To view the calendar of 3 telephone classes I host weekly, click here .

And, click here for dates, times, and other basic details.

 

HOW

How to experience a Meditation call:

  1. Go to the Fees page.
  2. Use one of the online payment buttons there, at the bottom of the page.
  3. Immediately after you register, you will receive an email welcoming you and providing contact details (phone number and access code).

There are currently 58 countries from which calls can connect with our Meditation telephone line. The conference call company is always expanding this reach. If you do not see your country on the list, below, it might be in the process of arriving soon – please come back to see.

 

Countries where the conference call line we use is available:

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Cambodia

Chile

China

Costa Rica

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech

Denmark

Dominican Republic

Estonia

Finland

France

GCC/Arabian Peninsula

Georgia

Germany

Guatemala

Hungary

Iceland

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kenya

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxenbourg

Malaysia

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Norway

Pakistan

Panama

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russian Federation

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Turkey

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States

 

Learn More About The Simple Practice of Samyama: Meditation Tips

Are you interested in learning more about the simple practice of Samyama? Below is an article from our sister blog, Love Revealed Stories. I hope you enjoy.

“Do you want to learn a simple form of meditation? Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned meditator, you are welcome to explore this form of mindfulness meditation.

In 1996, I began training in Samyama. This practice is basic to my life – it has supported me in day-to-day living and in experiencing intensely difficult times.

The practice can be engaged as:

  • a sitting meditation
    – and –
  • a way of life.

Heartfelt word – I invite you into a brief exercise before we begin. Select a heartfelt word. Examples: compassion, gratitude, peace, forgiveness, joy. I begin what I think of as a “silent chanting” of the word, over and over, until I notice I am feeling the essence of what the word represents. Then, I sit quietly with the feeling for a bit.

Samyama practice – The following is the way I self-coach myself in this practice. It is, also, the way I lead a guided meditation of Samyama in telephone classes. I am offering it in first person (“I”) for it to be easier to follow.

~ * What mood or emotion am I feeling now? I’m willing to feel this, just as it is. I’m not looking for how to describe what is here, I can sink into the physical sensation of whatever emotions are here in this moment.

~ * As soon as I notice I am paying attention to a thought, I ask myself a simple question that points back into the feeling of the present moment. What am I feeling right now? I’m willing to be with this. I’m willing to meet with awareness whatever is showing up in each “now” moment.

I keep repeating this process.

. . .

In this post, I am mainly bringing you the how-to of it. There is more to say about its background and how it works – and I will save it for another day.

For now, I do want to add a few words on thoughts vs. direct experience.

Samyama is a practice for being in direct experience. It redirects away from thoughts and any other activity of the mind. It is our thoughts (aka: stories) that complicate and dilute the actual direct experience of emotions and other physical sensations that are present. Thoughts are interpretations and projections that attempt to make sense of why I am having the experience that is here.

The act of staying engaged in thoughts can keep me stuck in suffering. For instance, if I’m feeling sad, my mind might start letting me know of one or a hundred reasons for the sadness. If I follow these threads, I fall deeper into discomfort. When I invite myself to drop into the feeling itself, and not pay attention to my mind, there is simply being with the feeling – having the direct experience of the feeling. Thoughts remove me at least one step away from the actual experience.

When I stay with the feeling and ignore the mind activity, the experience of the feeling finishes. All that is left is a deep quiet inside. Love.

If you would like to hear my voice guiding you in a Samyama experience, click on the video, below. You might listen to it with eyes closed or with eyes focused gently on the screen with its burning candle and slowly shifting words.

What have you been aware of in your experiences of Samyama and of the heartfelt word? I welcome your questions, comments, and discoveries.”

Blissings, Dena

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