While physical and mental stress is often the root of dis-ease, it is belief that is the seed. Our beliefs inform our decisions- which create our experiences- resulting in emotion, which is expressed through our bodies.
I have come to believe that meditation is the answer to just about everything. For me, it is a practice of awareness, surrender and acceptance of what is. There is hardly anything more healing than the humbling awe that is felt while meeting the miraculous moment in full presence to sense the inconceivable, the vastness, the unlikeliness of your own existence in this time and space when you consider the odds of infinite potential and possibility. When you catch a glimpse of how magical and wondrous life truly is you are sure to be met with serenity, faith and a sense of abundance. To meditate is to create an opportunity to feel the miracle that it is to be alive and from this place healing is inevitable.
The awareness cultivated through meditation makes it possible to identify thought patterns and trace them back to the beliefs that sprouted the patterns to begin with. When I investigate these patterns and beliefs I often find that I have been believing things that I don’t even agree with or that simply aren’t true as they tend to be subconsciously inherited through family, friends, society and so on. This is where the magic happens because with this awareness I can choose to change my beliefs and as a result the habitual thought patterns begin to shift into alignment with the beliefs that are true to my authentic self.
We can choose what we believe, what we consume, who we spend our time with, what we focus on and where we put our energy. When I am working with clients in my herbal practice, the path to health and wellness is usually full of lifestyle changes and since the state of our minds has such a profound effect on our bodies, a meditation practice is always encouraged. Herbalism is my niche and where I have found a like minded community and a healing path, but it is only one part of a whole approach to wellness.
Meditation is simply a practice of being aware, tuning into your senses and focusing on the present moment. In time, it becomes second nature and you might find yourself generally living a more meditative and peaceful life. Over the years, my practice has ebbed, flowed and evolved. Sometimes I sit in silence with a timer on, other times I listen to a guided meditation or meditative music. Recently, I have been enjoying listening to Joe Dispenza's guided walking meditations and another of my favorite teachers is Tara Brach.
If you are new to meditation, I recommend starting with 5-10 minutes a day just to start a routine and create the habit. You can build up to more time or just continue with whatever amount of time feels maintainable for you. Keep it light, keep it simple, and enjoy it. There is no right or wrong way to meditate in my opinion, as long as you are finding some serenity you are surely reaping the benefits of the practice.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on meditation. Do you have any favorite meditation teachers or music? Have you had any enlightening experiences through your practice? Do you have any questions? Feel free to send me a message or leave a comment!