I consider meditation a form of rehabilitation for every aspect of human suffering – painful emotions, an overactive mind, seemingly dire circumstances, an ailing body or a dampened Spirit. When I first began to meditate I would fall asleep, a lot! My husband started to call it sleep-i-tation. But sometimes that’s what the body needs:) I was a mom of three small kids and I was tired. So it made sense that I would fall asleep if I took a moment of stillness. Other than giving me more sleep, meditation has transformed my life. When I decided I would “wake up” things really started to change. Meditation has enhanced my way of existing so that now I can move through a busy or sometimes upsetting day with a heightened awareness, clarity, and access to calmness. Have you ever seen the movie “The Matrix?” In the movie the characters experience life in slow motion at times. With a meditative daily devotion, instead of a FAST FORWARD button I now have access to a pause button. And I only need to meditate 20 minutes a day to find this pause. Because of the pause, I’ve uncovered an ability to respond to the circumstances of the day without getting overwhelmed by them. Well sometimes I get overwhelmed, but I can manage the overwhelm more easily. Life is always going to throw drama and undesirable circumstances your way, that’s never going to change. Daily stillness can help manage those dramatics and help you regain your balance in the midst of turmoil.
Meditation has a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual component that transmutes into positive changes and awareness in all these areas. Emotionally I have become more aware of my ego defences and I can avoid the mini-dramas more easily. They still happen but I don’t engage as often or even feel the desire to do so. It allows me to see my way clear when situations get complicated. It affords me the ability to move out of little irritabilities more quickly. When practising on a regular basis, meditation helps me become the observer so that I become more aware of my behaviour patterns and can often circumvent emotional triggers. It quiets my mind chatter and connects me to my creative Self. Ultimately, it helps me connect to my Spirit and reminds me I am not my roles, my past, or my fears.
“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ” Anais Nin
Meditation Class starts next week locally in Corner Brook — learn a form of quiet meditation that’s intrinsic to conscious living. The class is 7 Wednesdays from 10-11 January 13th to February 24th, 2016 at the Lovely Ocean View Inn & Spa
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