If you know me, or are a regular on this blog, you’ll have heard me mention and recommend mediation multiple times. But I realized that I rarely get into why I mediate. And yes, we’ve all heard that it enhances a sense of calm and presence, and other lovely outcomes, but our recent Virtual Speaker Series webinar with avid meditator and acclaimed yoga teacher Caley Alyssa inspired me to share the deeper essence of my meditation practice, and why it’s one of the most profound commitments in my life.
Honestly, meditation is the secret to my existence. If I didn’t rise much earlier in the morning than is comfortable, and settle into an intense connection with myself (even when I am feeling sleepy), I wouldn’t show up as the most authentic version of me throughout the day. When I skip this practice, the results aren’t great - irritations easily overwhelm me, I’m distracted, and in general, life stops flowing. I need meditation almost as much as I need air.
So that’s why I do it, that’s why I lovingly get myself out of bed when it’s still dark and feels like everyone else in the world is sleeping. I drink water, light a candle, sit, close my eyes and flow into my devotional practice.
I don’t see this practice as a to-do, I see it as a sacred time for me to be with myself and connect to a higher power, which is why my meditation includes a prayer and request that the presence of God move through me during the practice and throughout the day. It always feels like such a potent way to cultivate the sacredness of life – I can taste it and touch it as I sit in silence. And when that happens, when I tap into the grace, I feel an invitation to ask questions and can allow the answers to move through me. It’s pretty extraordinary.
But as dreamy as this may sound, there are days when I really don’t want to sit with my eyes closed for 1 hour and 15 minutes – I want to sleep, I want to do something else – but I don’t. I’ve made meditation an absolute must, not a casual to-do, so I push past the resistance. There are mornings when I tell myself “just get up and take one step at a time.” I do that through the breath, posture and movement. By the end of it, I am activated, connected in a deep way and ready to engage with life more than one more hour of sleep could ever give me.
Often, those days of resistance are when I feel spiritually high after my practice – it’s like the resistance heightened the residual reward. And then, a day that likely could have been filled with challenges and lethargy blossoms with magnetism, expansiveness and flow. That’s what keeps me getting out of bed, that’s what gives me the capacity to navigate all the projects I’m nurturing, that’s what energetically keeps it all moving forward and expanding.
Meditation has also powerfully served me when I’m ready to give up, when I think I can’t move forward, when I think I’m destined to fail – it reawakens my soul’s deep knowingness that I can do what I need to do to fulfill my purpose, that I can show up and become the person I need to be to attract the experiences I want and need.
If you’re inspired to give it a try, here are various meditation-related gems of wisdom I’ve experienced throughout my many years exploring this ancient practice.
So there it is, the life-changing magic of the practice that has transformed me, and infused my life with grace, ease, and serendipity. It lifted me out of a life of chaos and drama and helped me discover peace, coupled with the courage and wisdom to make revelatory changes. If you want dive deeper in a meditation practice you already have or you’re a beginner, check out the these resources:
If meditation is not already a part of your life, I recommend you give it a try. Because I truly believe, on a deep soul level, that it exists to help shape us into the people we came here to be.
If you’d like to explore how meditation can impact the realms of life purpose, relational communication, sexual intimacy and embodiment, join us for our upcoming Virtual Speaker Series LIVE webinar with John Wineland on Wednesday, February 6th at 6pm pst. John is a Los Angeles based relationship coach, speaker and teacher whose embodiment-driven teaching draws from over 30 years experience of his own Buddhist meditative practice, and 10 years of intensive study and practice with renowned Yogic Intimacy teacher, David Deida. Register here to confirm your spot.
Dive in. Commit to yourself. Enjoy the ride.
with love + respect,
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