So what’s the big deal about Meditation? How do I know if it’s for me? And how in the heck do I do it?
Well let’s start with the first question, Meditation is a practice of stilling the mind and body, connecting with our inner voice, our infinite light source, GOD. The practice of Meditation started in the East; India, China, and Japan thousands of years ago then carried on to Israel and Arabia as a way to appreciate their creator and all of the creation around them. We’ve been introduced to it here in the Western part of the world and it has grown in popularity since then. When we are able to allow the time to silence all of the noise that bombards us each and every day; traffic, TV, construction, jets flying, lawnmowers, etc. we are left very little to no opportunity to connect with the gentle whispers of our guidance and of all of nature’s symphony around us. Have you ever woke up early before the hustle and bustle began and seemed like everything just stood still to the point you could hear the flapping of birds wings or the crunching of the leaves as a lizard scattering to find food or shelter? How about your inner voice mentioning to you to just take it easy or possibly to get your butt out of bed and go for it today? If not, then you aren’t listening and you are missing so much of the beauty of your life and your connection to all things big and small. Would you listen to a whisper that gave you the numbers to the lottery? I’m sure you would. So why not tune in the the answers you’re given throughout each and every day in all aspects of your life? The really cool thing is if you haven’t experienced or remember those moments you can begin creating them now. If you have experienced them but not lately, you can begin again now.
Meditation is for everyone, period. It doesn’t matter your ethnic background, your financial situation, where you live, your religion, your political views, your sexual preference, or your age. Actually it’s been said that if all children were taught to meditate beginning at the age of seven, within one generation we could have world peace. That’s incredible isn’t it?! It’s worth believing. Asking if Meditation is for you, ask yourself this….. Do you desire love, peace, and joy in your life? Do you desire more money, better health, and greater ease in all that you do? Do you search for answers to your life’s struggles and relationship matters? Do you believe you have purpose? Do you feel there is something bigger than just you happening within and around you? If you answered yes to any of these questions then Meditation can be your greatest tool.
Meditation can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Yes, there are many many techniques and teachers, gurus out there. I highly encourage you to find someone or someplace to get you started even if you’ve practiced before and are beginning again. Check out some Yoga studios, Spiritual Centers, Healing Wellness Spas, Retreats, and of course going online. Having a spiritual teacher(s) or guru(s) that can guide you is really important as Meditation will bring about healing and it is nice to have someone to reflect and bounce ideas off of. Find someone or someplace you feel safe. This should be an empowering experience not a co-dependent one. With meditation, consistency is key. Then begin creating a space in your home and/or office that is conducive to bringing you enlightenment and peace freeing your mind and body to enjoy this sacred time of connection. The meditation process and place can be as simple or detailed as you like. Something as simple as taking 5-10 minutes of deep breathing and feeling a beautiful, pure white light flowing through you as you feel relaxed and uplifted with a prayer of gratitude. This can be just enough to help you through an emotion or bring clarity to a decision that you may need to make at that time. Sitting down with your eyes closed may not feel like you’re being productive but it is greatly productive. Have you ever been trying so hard to remember something, find something, or solve some problem to the point that you just can’t get anywhere, becoming blocked and completely frustrated? So you then walk away and possibly minutes or even days later the answer or item just appears. Ok so Meditation can be used in these times as well. Simply stepping away to slow down our breathing and connecting with our inner voice, GOD and always being grateful gives us all the answers we need. At our healing wellness center, Now and Zen Wellness, we also do deeper Meditations that are guided with possible aromatherapy, sound therapy, color therapy, imagery, breathing techniques, mantras or positive affirmations, etc. This assists you with several tools to tap into deeper consciousness, your intuition as well as techniques to take with you as you practice at home. Finding what works best for you and using those techniques in everyday situations no matter how big or small gives life an easier flow and grace. It’s not about the suffering, sacrificing, and disconnect around you. Life is beautiful and so are you, we move quickly in and out of this body in this life time so ENJOY IT!