Introduction to Meditation
by Todd E. Swagler, M.Ed, MHC-LP, NCC
This first blog post is an opportunity for me to introduce myself, as well as, the work that I do
with my clients. My name is Todd Swagler and I am, currently, an associate intern therapist at the offices of Anthony Gaudioso, Ph.D, LMHC, PC. I moved to NYC about two years ago from Pennsylvania where I was surrounded by nature, space, and opportunities for self-reflection. While NYC continues to be my place of residence and a personal passion, there is something to be said about these opportunities for stillness that are less present within a metropolitan area. One skill that several of my clients have found grounding and peaceful while living in the city has been the use of meditations.
The practice of meditations is something that I do daily and encourage my clients to subscribe to as well. The concept of meditations can be overwhelming and many people have strong opinions on the subject, i.e. it is too “hippie-ish,” new age, and strange. Meditation, put simply, is a practice that focuses your attention on your mind and body, in the hopes to find balance, peace, and rejuvenation. Instead of your head in a million places, meditation helps us to bring our awareness to ourselves, our breath, and our own physical body to gain new awareness on everyday stressors and issues.
Below is a helpful and simple article on using the Subway as a space and time to practice meditations called ‘Subway Meditation: No Cushion Required’ by Jonathan S. Kaplan, Ph.D. I encourage you to practice this ritual the next time you are on the subway and notice what and how you feel afterward. If you are interested in further practices in meditation, please feel to contact me to begin therapy.