I believe whole-heartedly in the power of meditation and I’m here today to encourage you to embrace the practice into your daily life as well.
What exactly is meditation?
Meditation is simply drawing awareness to your actions, thoughts and feelings in the present moment.
As you clear your mind of thoughts, by focusing on your breath, a mantra, or visualization, you can connect to the pure potential of your life and recenter your mind, body, and spirit. It can be used to calm the mind or as the first step to plant the seed of an intention of a specific purpose or idea.
“Meditation is not just something to do; it’s a method of being and seeing–an unconditional way of living moment by moment. Through meditation we perceive and know things as they actually are. This directly connects and brings us the truth according to its simplest definition–things just as they are.” ~ Lama Surya Das
I begin and end everyday with a meditation, and practice some form of meditation at most given points throughout my day!
Why do I do this?
Because it keeps me sane! It keeps me focused on a bigger picture, it keeps me engaged in an honest relationship with myself, and it keeps me from slipping into the negative, doomsday, black and white thinking that I have been prone to engage in.
When we are able to slow down, and bring awareness to ourselves in the present moment, we bring space into our lives and space = serenity. Having awareness and space allows you to step out of autopilot and make different choices, allows you to see more clearly, and detach from old, negative patterns.
You will always be okay as long as you are willing to keep bringing yourself back to the present moment — at least one more time than you leave it.
Inviting this space into your life allows you to have a sanctuary that you can always go to, no matter where you are!
When I talk to people about beginning a meditation practice, I’m usually met with skeptism, laughs at the hippie-dippie tree hugger that’s really at my core, or excuses about why you can’t possibly find the time to meditate in your own life.
At some point we got it in our minds that to meditate means to commit an extraordinary amount of time in our day to sitting cross-legged on a pillow in silence, or repeating Om a thousand times. This isn’t true!
You can meditate anywhere and in any environment you want.
Look, I have an 18 month-old, a full private practice, a husband, a dog, and a life…I can’t at this point commit an hour of my day to sitting on a pillow to meditate. I can’t do it. Okay, maybe I could do it, but I DON’T WANT to do it! At this point in my life, I’m not willing to sacrifice the extra hour of sleep (remember the story of the 5:30am wake up call; I’m not a morning person) to meditate.
So what do I do? I find ways to fit my meditation into my everyday life. What does that look like? Well, it looks like me meditating while walking my dog first thing in the morning. May not be ideal but it’s 10-15 minutes of drawing awareness to myself, my thoughts, and setting an intention for the rest of the day.
At night, my meditation might be in the shower, or the moments after we turn the TV off and I simply take a few deep breaths to reflect.
It also looks like that momentary pause I take, right before I know I’m going to lose it and fly off the handle or react in some way that I know I will later regret. In that pause, I turn to my breath, which allows me to find peace and serenity in the present moment.
The fact is: there is no reason why you can’t start meditating right now!
It’s really as simple as taking a few breaths. When you slow yourself down enough to draw awareness to your breath, you realize that in THIS very moment, you are okay. Right now. * Deep breath. * Everything is okay.