What’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Nothing? It takes too long? Too uncomfortable?
Before I learned anything about meditation, this was my thought: it was “anti-religious”, AND I had to sit in a very uncomfortable position for a long period of time and be silent.
I have always had a strong faith, believed in God, and that one should pray to God and “He” would come to my aid. Ask and you shall receive … Many years I prayed, sometimes I would receive help, sometimes I wouldn’t. Looking back now, it was when I would get to that “quiet place”, as to when I would receive my answers.
And then there was this whole thing about sitting in silence for long periods of time in an uncomfortable position. Me sit for more than 5 minutes? I think NOT! Not to mention how BORING! And for what? To bring me peace of mind and tranquility? I thought, only prayer or something outside of me brought me that so I never gave meditation a second thought always looking outside for this peace and tranquility.
When I began my bachelor studies to learn about Metaphysics, meditation was more than just one chapter; it was mentioned consistently throughout all the studies and pressed upon as one of the most important parts of the Metaphysical, living an abundant life. Before I felt I could rightfully turn in all my tests to receive my Bachelors in Metaphysics, I wanted to make sure I was meditating every day. I had tried what they recommended, and it was wonderful, when I did it. However, I just didn’t stay committed to doing it every day.
My wanting to commit to meditating every day was because I had learned the best conversations are a give and take, two way where each share in the talking and listening. It finally dawned on me that I was ALWAYS doing all the talking and never taking time to listen! When I meditated or went to my quiet still place, I was essentially taking the time to listen. What a beautiful space that was to be in, to be in presence of the fullness of God/Divine/Universe and receive my answers.
My heart’s desire was to learn how to do this and be committed to it every day! I tried all types, yet still not doing it every day. As I continued in my growth and allowing for the flow of life to be, I came across a program that mentioned I could learn to meditate for just 15 to 20 minutes a day, being able to sit in a comfortable position, also receiving the same or similar benefits of meditation that monks do. This was actually one of my many manifestations, an answer to my prayer about meditation. I had asked, “Is there some type of meditation I could do sitting comfortably and in 15 to 20 minutes a day.” Yes there was, and of course I signed up!
I haven’t looked back and actually have stayed with this type of meditation, meditating in a comfortable position for 15 to 20 minutes a day. That is it!
Here are some key points about meditation:
- In the end, it is all about where your heart or intent is
- It’s about going within, to that quiet still place, to ‘listen’
- Being still and in present moment
- It’s ok if thoughts pop up, this is how we were meant to be, just say, thank you, then go back to your mantra or focus point
- If an itch comes up (as they most certainly will), scratch it
- You can do it while sitting in a comfortable position, in your favorite chair, couch or even bed
Why do it?
Have you ever just sat quietly at home, the beach, a park or somewhere in nature? Or have you taken a walk or hike through the woods silently? At those times, you were in a quiet place and fully in the present moment. When you finished, did you feel a sense of renewal as well as a sense that all is well? Also, receive an answer to some problem you had either immediately or a short time after? This is the space of meditation I get to everyday and why I do it and can do it every day!
Here is a short list of the daily benefits of daily meditation:
- Increased happiness
- A focused, calmer and relaxed mind (greatly lessens the mental chatter)
- A sense of safety and all is well
- Reaching goals (through visualization)
- Knowing next steps to take
- Synchronicities for people, places and things
- Increased creativity and intuition
- Expanded awareness
- Better connection with self and to others
- Increased performance
- Being our best self
- Reduces stress! Click here to read my blog, “6 Tips To Reduce Stress.”
Science and Neuroscience now backs all the many wondrous benefits of meditation. I am absolutely amazed by all the benefits and what I gain for just minutes a day!
Here are some tips in getting started or to help you keep going:
- Know that learning how to meditate takes time, patience, and practice
- Guided meditations make practicing easy and simple. I have an easy and simple Relaxation Guided Meditation. to help you along your path.
- When ready, move to just using meditative music, and then to complete silence
- There are no right or wrong ways
- It’s taking the time out to ‘listen’
- Find what resonates with you and do that daily!
Let me know what most resonates with you. Also, how you can apply this to your life.
Sending you much love, light, healing, and abundance!