Skeptical About Meditation?
I was very skeptical about meditation. But now I swear by it. 15 minutes per day, thanks to an app on my phone. A good friend of mine and fellow blogger Amy Pope wrote about this sentiment and summed it up rather nicely, which is why I utilizing her most recent blog post to discuss it.
I never really understood what meditation meant, to me.
I got advised I should do it all the time… do it daily, my coach said. Build it up, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes. Find ways to fit it into your day, at any moment of the day.
Sounds easy enough, I thought.
But it wasn’t. Some nights I did it after my bath time routine, but most of the time I didn’t.
And I think it’s because I never really took the time to get comfortable with being uncomfortable with it. Actually, let’s re-word that, I wasn’t quite ready to get uncomfortable with it.
People throw things around like “meditation empties the mind…” but to me, I don’t believe that to be true. I mean, if you’ve managed to empty your mind, hit me up right now cos’ you’re an alien!
Instead of ‘emptying’ the mind, I believe that meditation is the art of ‘tuning in’. The art of clearing, connecting, learning, and growing.
I came to connect with meditation (finally) back in December and really became best pals with it since February. I remember the moment it hit me — during a Kundalini Yoga class where tears danced down my face during a moment of silence (I wrote about it here).
And at that moment, magic happened. ✨
To me — a clear mind can give you intuition. It can guide you, it can turn the future pacing of today into the now. It can show you what your soul is trying to speak to you when you’ve been too distracted to listen. It can show you the darkness, the parts of you, you turn your head away from. It can unlock your innate wisdom. It can slow everything down and allow you to just… be.
And when you ‘just be’… that’s when magical transformation happens.
WHY DO SO MANY OF US STRUGGLE
WITH THIS PRACTICE?
I think our society is so susceptible to believing that practicing yoga, eating quinoa or drinking almond milk is going to help us transcend darkness (the parts of ourselves we shy away from tuning in on) and bring them into the light.
When what actually happens is that we end up getting really uptight, frazzled, stressed out and defensive about where we’re headed and the situations we find ourselves in because we’re fighting an inner battle to suppress everything we don’t want to face.
That was true for me at least.
I could never sit still in the silence. I didn’t enjoy tuning into my darker side (we all have one btw ;-). I was scared to come undone, clinging to my safe place which wasn’t serving me at all.
But in order to live our best lives, we need to become willing to come undone.
When I started this journey a few months back I was sooo scared to put myself through this process over and over again. I thought it was too much, that I was a mess, that I was too complicated bla-de-bla-de-bla.
But now, with each meditation, I come undone a little more. I’m starting to explore all the wonderful parts of me, the uncensored nature of my very being, and now I’m becoming my own GPS, beginning to own my true voice and realise the power that lies within.
NOT EVERY MEDITATION WILL FLOW EASY
…Not every meditation will make you want to conquer the day. In fact, it’s those meditations you find yourself wanting to quit on that are most valuable! Listen to them!
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE IS THIS:
That every meditation will give you a glimpse of insight — and then it’s up to you, which action you decide to take next.
It’s a beautiful gift.
And I’m sure my interpretation of this practice is going to forever evolve, but for now, this is my understanding, and I couldn’t NOT share its power with you.
Lean into going with your flow. Re-wild yourself.
You are your own unique treasure map and you are the treasure.
Love and light to you,
ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:
Meditate! It does the body and mind good!