Nearly 20 years ago, I gave birth to my second son. Simply adding this second child to my life was a challenge in itself but in addition, he was born with Down syndrome. Although at the time this seemed to be a profoundly life-altering incident, my son has proven to be a life-altering blessing. Nevertheless, this was the impetus to begin my spiritual seeking in earnest. Shortly thereafter, I found my Guru, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. #Sadhguru started the Isha Foundation, which is where I learned my #meditation and yoga practice. He teaches meditation through an experiential seven-day class and has students practice it twice a day for 15 to 20 minutes, for a period of 40 days. He says that in order to make something a part of you, you need to practice it consistently for 40 days. So that’s what I did, and to this day, I have my twice-daily practice.
I’ll admit, I will skip one a day from time to time, if I’m somehow unable. But it’s extremely rare for me to miss both sessions. It has become as natural as sleeping or eating for me. On days when I’m particularly busy, it's sometimes necessary for me to meditate in order to get through my day without collapsing. Which was particularly true when I was raising my boys or when I was working in the business world.
People ask why I meditate and my easy answer is that it clears my mind and boosts my energy for the remainder of the day. The complete answer is much more complicated.
I credit my practice for keeping me on my #spiritualpath and leading me in the right direction. Because I receive so much inspiration and clarity, I am much more efficient, productive, creative, insightful, overall a better person. I also credit it with guiding me to become a more effective #healer. My ability to focus my mind on a healing and to have a definitive belief in the world of spirit and the power of God actively working in my life, makes me a legitimate #AngelEnergyHealer.
When I go to meditate, I sit directly on the floor or on a meditation cushion with my back supported, legs crossed right over left and hands palm up right over left. I remember in the earlier years, I would fall asleep at times (another reason to look forward to it, #catnap) but that is rare now. I do have a mantra I received from Sadhguru, that I say three times silently to begin, after my breath becomes regular, every muscle in my body is relaxed and my mind chatter slows. After that, it’s just a matter of maintaining a mind free of thought, which I’ll admit, is no small task. Yes, even after close to 20 years of doing this, I still have to work at it, but it’s a worthy pursuit. If I'm able to hold my mind free of thought for any length of time, my energy level gets that much more of a boost, meaning a split second free of thought equates to having taken a nice nap and my vibration rises substantially.
A meditation practice would seem to some to be an impossibility to implement into the average American life, but the benefits of doing so far outweigh the loss of two 15 minute periods in anyone’s day. To wrap-up, here's a list of some of the more compelling reasons to begin your practice:
Get to understand yourself better
Lower your stress level
Connect better with others
Live in the present moment
Reduce negative emotions
Increase imagination and creativity
Increase patience and tolerance
Improve your ability to focus
Reduce brain chatter