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 Claiming My Greatness & Peace Within Myself – Sonya Johnson's Meditative Movement™ Journey

Sonya Johnson

I had surgery for a ruptured aneurysm and spent three weeks in the hospital. Because I had a 15% chance of survival, I had to really focus on my health. My top priority was not getting upset because it causes my blood pressure to be too high and puts me in a dangerous place. My daughter, KaNesha, received her Meditative Movements teaching certificate. What a gift it was to both of us! She showed me how to practice the movements during my daily routine as I healed. The simple, 2-4 minute long, easy to follow movements strengthened my body, mind, and soul. It was such a relief to find something that was adaptable to my abilities. Practicing made me feel soooo good about myself.

The I Am Strong Meditative Movement™ is my favorite. As I practiced, I listened to my own body and mind in a new way. Hence, pain was not a part of my experience so that encouraged me to continue to practice because I wasn't really sure that it was going to work.

"When I got out of the hospital, as a black woman, I felt lost in many ways. My memory was spotty and there were expectations for me to return to my various roles as mother, wife, sister, oldest daughter, and co-worker. I heard messages like you know how the world works; you need to push through it. My heart was hurting with the lack of sympathy and understanding for myself from family and friends."

This was when I gained more perspective about myself and started viewing my problems differently. With my increased self-awareness, I became more focused and inspired to be more mindful during my everyday moments. I claimed greatness and peace within myself.

This program was an integral part to embodying this message. By practicing Meditative Movements, I realized I needed to put myself first. Knowing this I established boundaries with no need to explain my situation. This was freeing and I experienced more peace as a result.

Here are my other impacts from practicing.

  1. I'm highly motivated about everyday life happenings and appreciate them more
  2. I am more focused on my daily activities
  3. my balance is a lot better
  4. my blood pressure along with medication has decreased

With these amazing changes, I asked KaNesha why it was working. She shared that a 2017 University of Minnesota research study found the technique reduces anxiety, depression and fatigue while improving emotional and functional well-being.

Another resource she gave me was the 2015 Forbes article, Meditation May Lead to Volume Changes in Key Areas of the Brain. In it they shared how Sara Lazar and her team at Harvard found that mindfulness meditation can actually change the structure of the brain: There were decreases in brain cell volume in the amygdala, which is responsible for fear, anxiety, and stress – and these changes matched the participants’ self-reports of their stress levels, indicating that meditation not only changes the brain, but it changes our subjective perception and feelings as well.

The scientific data backs up my own experience of feeling whole by performing the movements. I invite you to practice the expressive, heart-felt movements to help you release any feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, and fear and learn to claim your greatness and inner peace too.

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