Monica Johnson

Rest Awake Meditation™

The Rest Awake Meditation™ – A mind-body meditation created by Monica Johnson

What is the Rest Awake Meditation™?

It is a quick and simple Mind-Body meditation method that is a blend of breath and visual imagery. Anyone can do it and everyone will achieve relaxation.

The Rest Awake Meditation™ created by Yoga Therapist, yoga and meditation expert Monica Johnson, is presented in easy to follow and easy to learn, short guided meditation and and breathing exercises that absolutely anyone can do at anytime and in any place. Once you learn these methods you can then easily use them whenever you wish throughout your day. If you can breathe then you can do it.

Monica created the Rest Awake Meditation™ out of a need that presented itself to her while working with patients as a yoga therapist at a hospital. She found that most of these patients were at different stages of their healing and had moderate to severe mental and physical limitations that impeded their ability for movement and concentration. Monica found that guiding them with the simplest positive thought suggestion, joined with breath and specific self focus imagery caused immediate relaxation to occur within the patients. The Rest Awake Meditation™ is easy because you can do it sitting, standing or laying down. This means that anyone at any age can experience deep relaxation and have a way to de-stress and reboot their mind and body.

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* Occupies the mind in a way that then brings deep relaxation to the the nervous system and whole body.

* Allows the whole body to realign itself so that it can repair.

* Prepares the body for rest, activity or other healing methods such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, personal rehabilitation,acupuncture as well as other holistic treatments.

* A tool to be used at any time of day to calm or rejuvenate your entire system.

What is meant by the term Mind-Body Medicine?

Mindbody medicine uses the power of thoughts and emotions to influence physical health. As Hippocrates once wrote, “The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” This is mindbody medicine in a nutshell.

What are mind-body methods?

The key to any mind-body methods is to “train” the mind to focus on the body without distraction. In this state of “focused concentration,” a person may be able to improve their health. These methods are tools within mind-body medicine.

Does mind-body medicine work?

While phrases such as “mind over matter” have been around for years, only recently have scientists found solid evidence that mind-body methods actually do fight disease and promote health.

Other clinical studies also show how meditation beneficially affects mood and symptoms in people with different conditions (such as high blood pressure, depression, cancer as well as many other physical diseases). It also improves quality of life.

How does mind-body medicine work?

When you are physically or emotionally stressed, your body releases stress hormones that can affect all your systems and organs. For example, stress related to hostility and anxiety can result in disruptions in heart and immune function. Similarly, depression and distress may diminish the body’s natural capacity to heal.

The goal of mind-body methods is to get the body and mind to relax and to reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body, so that your immune system is better able to fight off illness.

What is mind-body medicine good for?

Mind-body methods can be helpful for many conditions because they encourage relaxation, improve coping skills, reduce tension and pain, and lessen the need for medication.