Partnership with The Path Brings First-Ever On Demand Meditation to Your Guestroom
While we all know how exciting and rewarding travel can be, it can also create stress. That’s why we’re bringing one of the best ways to unwind and recharge directly to you through On Demand Meditation. Meditation has been proven to provide the body and mind with countless benefits including: stress relief, improved focus, increased happiness, more restful sleep and even boosted emotional stability. Now available on all guestroom phones, simply press the “Meditation” button and choose from either a mindfulness or mantra meditation, each 10 minutes long and designed to help you to focus and relieve stress.
In partnership with The Path, a NYC-based modern meditation start-up, and supported by our very own Sleep Medicine Expert, Dr. Rebecca Robbins, this new program puts meditation at your fingertips. “Research shows that people who practice relaxation exercise regularly are ultimately able to fall asleep faster in comparison to those who don’t and are able to better manage their emotions and energy throughout the day,” says Robbins.
“We’re thrilled to partner with The Benjamin on this first-ever program, offering hotel guests an easy way to mediate right in their room, with best-in-class instruction,” says Dina Kaplan founder of The Path. “When you meditate in your everyday life, you find your center again. Just the ten minutes of meditation that is available through this new program can change your day, giving you a more positive outlook and helping you be more productive and friendlier too,” she adds.
It’s easier than you think to find opportunities throughout your busy day to meditate – try these tips from Dina:
Send Warm Messages Through the Mind: If you’re waiting in a line (think coffee shop, security at the airport), resist the temptation to pull out your phone, and instead take deep healing breaths and send a warm message to everyone around you through your mind. Dina recommends sending messages out to everyone in front of or behind you line to better their day. “This reduces stress about “wasting” time in line and surrounds you with a lot of good energy,” she says.
Pause Before You React: If you hear tough news, such as a flight delay or taxi that’s late to pick you up, pause for a moment and take a breath. Resist the urge to revert to your normal reaction and instead think to yourself, “How do I choose to respond in this moment?” This can help to get you away from wasting time being angry or upset and towards thinking clearly and calmly about how best to fix the situation.
Focus on Internal Sensations: When you’re on a flight for example — especially if it’s during take-off or landing and you can’t have your computer open anyway — use this time to meditate. “I suggest straightening your back, putting your feet flat on the floor and focusing your attention on the sensation of the breath as it comes in and out of your nostrils – whatever you notice is fine. You’re just training your mind to focus on the sensations that come up as you inhale and exhale,” notes Dina. You can also do this first thing in the morning while sitting in a chair in your hotel room. It’s the perfect way to start the day feeling clear.