Meditation was the catalyst of my awakening; it changed my life.
If you are reading this article, you are probably already awake or at least striving to learn more about your true nature and live well. Perhaps you are, perhaps you aren’t. Either way, I hope that I can persuade you that meditation is something that you need to include in your daily routine if it isn’t already.
In 2011, I was in a bad place but I thought everything was ok. I was in a marriage that was destroying my soul, my self esteem was low and I was behaving destructively; something had to change.
Some of the symptoms of my general malaise were stress, insomnia and a frequent failure to listen to my intuition. As an introvert and an only child, I am used to solving my own problems by analysing my situation and learning coping mechanisms; more often than not, the answer can be found in a book. So, when I started hearing about the benefits of meditation, I decided to teach myself this technique that promised to banish my stress and insomnia, by reading a book about meditation.
Day by day, I read the book and practised meditating, setting aside 10 minutes every morning after my shower before I had to leave the house to go to work. Gradually, I noticed differences in my thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Rather than reacting angrily to situations that would usually lead to stress, I could observe the feeling of annoyance and then let it go. I was in control of my mind and it started working for me.
How does this work? Well, most of the time when we are going about our daily activities, we are in the Beta state, which is an active state of mind, where we are thinking about the past (remembering something we have done) or future (thinking about what we are going to do). When we spend time in the Alpha state we feel relaxed, because Alpha is a passive, receptive state of mind, where we can simply observe and experience sensations in the present. By meditating, you can learn to go into Alpha state and your mind and body benefits from that recuperation, as well as your brain being trained to observe things rather than always engaging with them. The results are a reduction in stress, anxiety and better sleep.
What does this mean spiritually? When you spend time in meditation, your mind is still and quiet and in this stillness, your Higher Self can get through to you easier. By connecting with your Higher Self on a regular basis and listening, you will find yourself making better and better choices, in line with the highest and greatest good. Over time, you may deepen your practise by going into the Theta state, where you can experience a profound sense of oneness with the whole of Creation as well as receiving vivid visualisations.
For me, my spirituality deepened and I started to turn away from what was harming me. Ultimately, I was led to my Twin Flame and then things really accelerated from there!
If I do not meditate regularly, I find myself feeling ‘ragged’, like my brain has not had what it needs to run smoothly; just that 10 minutes every morning makes a huge difference. Still not convinced? Try it for a month and see what you think.
How can you meditate? It is really quite simple:
1. Relax your body.
2. Focus your mind on something.
3. Bring your mind gently back if it wanders.
There are many things you can focus on for the purpose of meditation and you may need to try different techniques to find out what works best for you. Personally, I like to focus on my breath as this is simple for someone who naturally has a very chatty mind; it keeps me focussed on a physical sensation.
So, sit comfortably with your spine straight so that your breath can move freely in your chest. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and every time you exhale, feel your body loosen and relax, letting any tension flow out of you. Now, focus on the sensation of your breath without trying to change it; just observe the inhalation and the exhalation, noticing where you can feel it in your body. To anchor yourself, it may help to count your breaths in rounds of 10 (silently in your head) e.g. inhale – 1 – exhale 1 – inhale 2 – exhale 2 and so on up to 10 and then start over. The mind is like a child and will wander off or get distracted so don’t worry if it does, just bring it gently back to the breath.
It helps to use a timer; I use a meditation app on my phone that allows me to set a timer for how long I want to meditate for and it chimes at the end of the time.
In my experience, meditating in the morning rather than the evening is most effective because it starts your day off in a relaxed state of mind and once its done, its done, because otherwise you might find that as the day goes by, other things get in the way of you finding that 10 minutes to sit in stillness.
Now go forth and meditate, you won’t regret it.