“Don’t Just DO something…SIT there!” Because we live in an age of “Go, go, go” and Do, do, do,” Meditation and Mindfulness must be an intentional choice. But…why Meditate? Because you want to feel alive. Or you long to show up and be powerful in your own life. Or you know there’s more to life than…this. In an age of extreme distraction and frantic levels of activity, we are depressed, anxious and lacking meaning in our lives. And it’s no wonder. We are not here when we are here.
A Meditation practice is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Some people meditate alone, others in a group. Meditating in nature is essential for some people. And others opt for their favorite couch or chair. Some gravitate toward stillness and silence. And others gravitate toward motion, movement and vocalization. Best of all, no special clothes or poses required. We just “Sit.” Or we walk. Or we stand. Notice what you notice. Grief, restlessness, thoughts, anxiety…am I doing this right? Then, we notice some more. And we make room for whatever shows up.
The effects of Meditation are cumulative. Each time we “Sit” we are closer to Self and more aware. And over time, we peel away the layers. And with each layer peeled, we are a bit closer to our true Self. With consistent practice, it is possible to become more connected than not.
Of course, the physical and emotional benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness are well established. It reduces depression, anxiety, physical pain and insomnia. Also, we know it strengthens our immune system, and improves countless other aspects of our physical, emotional and spiritual experience.
Finally, Meditation can offer us a path to greater Spiritual connection, to knowing and expressing our truest Nature, and to trusting our Self as a pure manifestation of the Divine. So, whatever calls to you – greater peace and calm, knowing Self, or a Spiritual longing – a Meditation and Mindfulness practice can be adapted to your life.
MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS TRAINING
~ Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Tampa FL, 2008
~ Taoist / Buddhist Meditation Practice, Ongoing, Atlanta GA