Kindness

November 2015
“Went to mindful meditation this morning and had a wonderful experience with Lisa Campbell, a very experienced and skilled teacher. Just what I needed to get my meditation practice in gear. Thank you Lisa, look forward to next week!”
M.T., Holliston, MA

October 2014
“I just wanted to send out a little note to thank you for today! This morning’s experience was a beautiful & peaceful exploration of mindfulness for me.  I was noticing how your gentle and accepting guidance made it accessible for me to settle in, with ease, in the home of my heart!  I was smiling as you shared your story about leaving your job and finding your way to your soul’s work! Celebrating a similar story in my life, I’m finding that the Universe has been so supportive.  🙂 Its so very cool!  So with my deep thanks for a morning of connection and bliss! I’ll be floating through the rest of my day. With all well wishes and much peace to you!”
M.D., Southborough, MA

September 2014
I have trouble sleeping – even taking a sleeping pill at night, and one night I tried the meditation in bed. And woke up the next morning! I woke up with a migrain today and did my meditation and it really helped – I noticed I’m a lot more happpy and relaxed. Can’t wait to come back on Monday! Just wish your voice could be in my head, it would be like the best drug in the world!”
D.B., Ashland, MA

September 2014
“Lisa has been an amazing guiding, supportive, understanding, and compassionate teacher for me as I have coped with PTSD. I reached out to Lisa at the point of not knowing what else to do. I was in therapy and on medication, but the PTSD hyper vigilance, triggers, startle reflex, anxiety, anger, and sadness had enormous control over me. I could not do sitting meditation at all, as intrusive thoughts just took over.  Lisa worked with me on week-by-week techniques to try, as I became able to handle them. Her following teachings and suggested readings on loving-kindness felt so foreign and “undeserved” to me, but I found myself falling back on them in the panic moments after triggers happened. Facing the fact that I had fears, and accepting that I was panicking and terrified and confused was my first step in a direction of curiosity and healthy detachment from my triggers. She helped me to be able to see my reactions, to say, “I’m experiencing fight or flight” or “that siren terrifies me” and take that split second of objective awareness of my reactions and emotions to work compassionately with myself, rather than just fight against my emotions or the world. Lisa helped me step from being controlled by the chaos of PTSD reactions and emotions to being able to see it as a thing I can work with.  I continue to ask Lisa’s advice as I work through different stages of the long term healing. Her ability to listen is amazing. I will vent a series of fears and concerns, thinking I am looking for a solution to them, and she’ll suggest a teaching meditation podcast on something entirely different. And she’s always been spot on. She has an ability to see to the core issue, and to help refocus the anxious energy to a productive, safe, approachable place.  I am so thankful to have Lisa in my life, and for her compassion and teaching skills that can help guide us through the turmoil of PTSD.”
J.F., Boston, MA

May 2014
West borough Patch
A Peaceful Space to Expand Your Practice: Guided Meditation with Lisa Campbell
By Sarah Kacevich

Lisa Campbell, a Kripalu-certified Holistic Health Teacher, has meditated for over twenty years, and her wisdom was evident during one of her weekly Wednesday morning Guided Meditation classes, most recently held on May 28th. Holding a space that is likely the most peaceful one can find in the Metro West region, Lisa noted early on in the approximately forty-minute session that the background noise of passing cars, even honks, was just another stimulant to notice and let pass. In this way, Lisa meets students where they’re at, cultivating a group practice that is both approachable and in-depth.

A constant throughout the class was the encouragement to scan our bodies for sensations. This may be something chronic, or more temporary, like the participant who experienced very sore legs from wearing uncomfortable shoes. Lisa encouraged her students to find and appreciate the “gaps” between the waves of sensations. Like thoughts passing through the mind, sensations can come and go during meditation.

Towards the end of our practice, once we had dropped deeply into our bodies and gained awareness of the breath, Lisa incorporated Mettameditation. Metta, or loving-kindness meditation, is a simple yet powerful method of extending well-wishes (such as peace, health, or joy) in succession—to oneself, to a close loved one, to an acquaintance, to a person that troubles you, and/or to all beings. Lisa encouraged an especially contemplative end to our session by using a method called self-inquiry, where questions such as “Who Am I?” are pondered. (A fun side note: “sohum,” the studios’ namesake, means “I am.”)

All in all, Lisa’s Guided Meditation class is a wonderful example of the joy of a group meditation practice, where reflection—both internal and voiced aloud to the group—is gently encouraged. I recommend this class for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of meditation, experience a peaceful space, maintain consistency, receive support and feedback, or simply share their practice with peers. This class is offered each Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Sohum Yoga and Meditation Studio on Lyman St. in Westborough. For more information and a class schedule, visit www.sohum.org.

Online Article:  A Peaceful Space to Expand Your Practice: Guided Meditation with Lisa Campbell

April 2014
“As a high school student I signed up for SOHUM meditation classes. I was looking for an opportunity to unwind and remove myself from the daily stresses of life. I received exactly what I was looking for! The instructor was acclimated to the class full of high school students and designed the class to intrigue and capture us into the world of meditation. After each class I find myself calm and relaxed and look forward to the break and rejuvenation that the class offers me. If you are looking to try something new, relax, or simply become in sync with your inner zen, then SOHUM is your next step.”
A.S, Hopkinton, MA

March 2014
“Thank you for your beautiful and mindful guided meditation…with just a 10 minute session my “gap” is already getting wider. I look forward to practicing with you more! If you have yet to experience Lisa’s mediation instruction…I HIGHLY recommend her! She is an angel!”
B.R., Ashland, MA

 

One thought on “Kindness

  1. It was an amazing experience having you visit our home! The education and guidance you provided my family (ages 11-49) on the benefits of meditation has motivated each of us to have the confidence and tools to begin to incorporate mediation into our lives. Thank you!! -D.M. Hopkinton

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