I have been experiencing and observing within myself and others, the most subtle nature of the mind and it's many games and facets. On one hand, with the mind we are given the gift of boundless possibilities, infinite prosperity and on the other, a realm of constriction, fears and anxieties. How do we manage this monkey mind? How do we clear the pathways to freedom and peace? Can we really allow the mind to serve us and not rule us?
I believe the answers to these questions begins with an awareness that no matter what may come, you have the capacity to be the eye of the storm: steady, confident, open and loving. Dr John Douillard, a wonderful Ayurvedic doctor said it so beautifully, "become aware and act on that awareness".
We are very blessed in this day and age with the many choices we have to live. For some, those choices are more limited and for others the options are boundless. Within the realm of choice and freedom, it is even more imperative that we take time everyday for mediation. Meditation is not always about feeling your best self or even your most comfortable self, it is about allowing your mind to decompress, release and let go. What happens when we let go? At first it can be uncomfortable, all the thoughts come, thoughts that you did't even know you had and feelings that were stored deep down and now have the space to clear. You may experience significant changes occurring in your life, major shifts to help you align with your purpose and your most authentic self. It takes discipline, courage, faith to continue to mediate day after day, even when at times it seems that things are getting worse, but have patience, once you clear the path ways, you begin to have glimpses of a state in which meditation becomes blissful, stable, beautiful. You experience what it means to have an intuition, to know the answers and not seek them out day after day. Meditation gives you the gift of perspective, to view your life from a distance instead of honing in on one tiny detail. Meditation allows your body to relax, restore and renew by releasing built up emotions and thoughts that can affect the body's ability to function optimally. You will find yourself surrounded by all the support you need to thrive. Meditate to change your attitude and change your world.
I encourage you to start or continue meditating at least 3-11 minutes a day. You do not need to make it a big deal and put lots of pressure on yourself. Instead approach it like you would taking a shower or brushing your teeth. It is a necessary part of your daily self care and in the end makes you feel clean, bright and new. Have faith, don't give up and I know you will succeed.
From my yoga mat to yours,