From The Blog
Meditation: More Critical Now than Ever
If meditation is already part of your daily practice, then you already know its power to transform and keep us centered.
Others of you may be thinking, “What the hell is this meditation thing anyway? And who has time for it?”
Meditation can be as simple as being still and taking a deep breath, for just a moment, to calm yourself in an intense situation.
And it can be as long as 40 days and 40 nights, to test yourself and prepare for a mission.
But at its core, it is simply acknowledging that it’s in the silence when some of our most transformative moments occur.
Finding quiet and solitude has gotten harder and harder as technology has invaded more and more of our waking hours. The moments driving in our car, or waiting for an appointment, or in carpool line where we used to be able to reflect have become filled with Twitter, Facebook, email, Instagram… so we don’t ever have to be alone with ourselves and our thoughts for too long.
Yet that is exactly where the magic happens – when we’re alone with ourselves and our thoughts.
As Byron Katie and Eckhart Tolle are known for espousing, being able to embrace where we are, rather than where we have been or where we are going, is the foundation of being able to find happiness at every stage of life.
And taking time to remind ourselves of that is critically important.
I’ve learned that for me, it’s really important to find those 15 minutes to an hour, (depending on how much time I am able to devote from when I get up until my first appointment,) first thing in the morning. This allows me to move into my quiet space while still holding on to any thoughts or revelations that came while I slept.
When you’re a giver or a teacher or a healer or a parent, the end of the day can find you with nothing left to give. You may be all thought out. Used up.
I find that mornings are best because I can ask that every molecule in my body be plumped up with compassion and love from the Jetstream that is constantly flowing all around us, so that I will have more to give to those I come in contact with throughout my day. I’ve learned that by starting on a positive, grounded note makes me feel centered and able to go forth and impact the world with every interaction I have.
We each have the ability to impact each person we come into contact with every day. Whether it’s one person at a time or a room filled with people.
Whether you call it silence or centering; prayer or meditation; I believe that taking some time to sit with yourself for a bit, at any time of day, blocking out all of the distractions, is critically important to becoming everything you were meant to be.
Now, go schedule some silence into your week.
Until next time,