Meditation is a process that helps you get to know your own mind. It helps you understand how your mind works, so you can get the best out of it.
Meditation allows positive healing to take place. To meditate is to learn how to stop – to stop regretting the past and to stop worrying about the future.
Scientific studies have proven many benefits of meditation, here are just a few:
What I would like to focus on is how meditation can help you connect with yourself and your oneness with the universe.
Meditation can be done anytime, anyplace, anywhere and how you do
it is completely up to you. You don't have to sit still, you can meditate while walking. As we are all unique, everyone meditates in a different way.
Personally, I have 2 ways and I like to alternate them. I like to meditate while sitting down, either at home or outside in nature. But then I also love meditating while walking, especially at a beach near my home. Meditating in nature helps me connect with the place I am sitting or walking at a much deeper level.
It's not about how or where you meditate, but it's about consistency. You can start off by meditating for just 2-5 minutes daily, as small habits, when done daily, will increase. Then you extend it to 5-10 minutes, then to 10-20 minutes.
Starting off may be difficult for you, as when you sit down and relax all kinds of thoughts start racing through your mind. From shopping lists, to what to have for dinner, to knitting patterns, to what Auntie Hilda said in a conversation you had 28 years ago. Well, that happened to me anyway. The more you try to blend these thoughts out, the more you try to banish them, the louder they get.
The trick is to let them come. Sit comfortably, if you are at home maybe put on some music, light a candle, use some incense, and concentrate on your breath. Let thoughts come, look at them, thank them for showing up and then let them go. And keep breathing, deeply and evenly, right down to your abdomen.
The more you worry about thoughts coming up, the more you focus on them, the more thoughts will come and the more persistent they will be. If it helps you, chant a mantra, as this will keep your ego busy. You can chant anything you want, positive affirmations, the word om or Hindu mantras like the Gayatri Mantra work very well. Anything you feel comfortable with is the right mantra for you.
Meditation is about opening your mind and being mindful of your thoughts.
Sit or walk and breathe, deeply and evenly. Thoughts come and go, and you will notice how you are calmer and able to breathe even deeper than before. Breathe and just be. Be here in this time and space, just breathe and be. This is your connection to the universe, to all that is, was and ever will be. You are not alone. You are never alone. You are connected to everyone and everything on this planet and beyond.
When you start meditating, you will find that it takes some time for you to get to your quiet space. But after a few days you will notice that you get there faster. Enjoy being in that space where you just breathe. Enjoy the connection and the knowing that comes with it. It will open up a whole new way of looking at the world for you. It can change your whole perception, if you let it.
Everything will become lighter and brighter and all of a sudden you
will experience more love and success in your life, as you are now tuned in to the little things. You will experience so much more joy, as every time you meditate your heart chakra opens a little bit more. This way you will see the world through very different eyes. You will become more relaxed and feel calmer.
But as with everything you will really reap the benefits of meditation if you practice it on a regular basis. 20 minutes a day is adequate to see changes occurring after just eight weeks. Once you get into the habit of meditating every day, you will find that your communication with yourself becomes much more loving, compassionate and kind.
Sometimes it helps if you learn to meditate from a teacher, who can walk you through your first steps and answer any questions you may have. Meditation is one of the foundation tools I teach during my Reiki seminars and I also hold meditation classes twice a month. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to connect with me, I would be honoured to welcome you.
Love & Blessings