On Meditation & what it truly is

Part One

Meditation doesn’t just change your state—the way you feel at the moment. It changes your traits—the enduring aspects of personality engraved in your brain that govern your outlook on life. Among the positive traits fostered by meditation are greater resilience in the face of adversity, more sympathy for others, and increased compassion for oneself … It also leads to a greater degree of self-regulation, making you the master of your emotions rather than a slave to them”…. (From Mind to Matter by Dawson Church and Joe Dispenza)

Meditation was once known and practised by people who dedicated their lives to the practice. They were considered mystics, highly spiritual people, yogi and masters. They came from different traditions around the world. They were seen as special beings, supernatural in a way, so far away from us, doing the uncommon.

Today, in the western world, meditation has become a common practice. Many people from all walks of life meditate or try to meditate at least once. They often start because they are going through some sort of stress or crisis, because they heard of the benefits of meditation and they’d like to try it, or because they had a wake up call. Whatever the reason, it is never too late to learn how to meditate.

When I started my meditation practice, 20 years ago, I didn’t know anything about the work of the mind and the energy. I simply started because I had my wake up call!

I trained in different types of meditations and they were all exceptional. However because I was on a healing journey, it took me a while to get the hang of it. It wasn’t a smooth and straightforward process, but I stayed with it and it paid off. I persevered and I had faith.

The trick is simple: meditate every day! Even if you feel tired, or you are busy and you are thinking you cannot do it, keep meditating.

It is in those moments, when you want to give up that you need it the most!

Later on, when I became more skilled in my practice, I started to research the meaning of meditation through different traditions and I noticed something important: those who meditate, they meditate everyday.

In Tibetan the word for meditation “gom” can be translated as familiarising, habituating, to become familiar with. So what it is that you need to become familiar with? Your meditation practice.

People often tend to give up on meditation because of a subconscious programming that tells them they are not good at it or they don’t have time…. Some people quit because they try for a while and as they do not see immediate results , they start thinking that it doesn’t work.

Let me address for a moment the last issue. How do you know that your meditation practice is not working?

The change often starts on a cellular level or in a hidden part of who you are. You don’t see it immediately but the change is happening, and it slowly builds up inside you, with time and practice. After months of practice, one day you look back and you’ll see the difference. The change that slowly and deeply worked inside you is now clear and visible, tangible if you will.

Meditation is a precious tool to become present, to be in the now, to transcend your current situation and your personality, to move beyond your limitations into Oneness, where everything is possible.

Thoughts, unconscious habits, behaviours and reactions tend to guide people’s decisions, thoughts and feelings every day…. if people unconsciously believe that they cannot meditate for whatever reason, once they start meditating these beliefs come up and they stop.

But when people become aware of these thoughts and beliefs and they keep going with the practice, they are doing something very powerful: they stop giving their energy to the limiting beliefs, thoughts, and self sabotage ideas that constantly run in their subconscious.

They keep meditating and they change their life.

Meditation doesn’t belong to any religion. It is a science. This means that to meditate we need to follow certain rules, and principles to produce results that can be verified.

Science has been studying the benefits of meditation and how it work for year. Results of the studies are showing how powerful a meditation practice can be and the immense benefits that it brings to our physical and mental health, our emotions and life in general.

There are many meditative practices around the world and I understand that choosing the one that works for you can be a daunting task.

My suggestion is to start with something easy and simple, so you can build up your meditative practice with patience and perseverance, every single day.

I would also say to you, don’t get discouraged if you don’t see instant results. It takes time to dismantle the old patterns that brought you were you are now. But let me assure you that the moment you start your meditation practice, that first steps, is the most important and biggest act towards your healing and well-being.

There is so much more to write on the practice of meditation and all the benefits it brings. For now, I just wanted to introduce you to the basic knowledge and hopefully give a gentle push to start meditating today.

If you need more advise on meditation please visit my website and get in contact: www.womboracle.ie


Michela xo

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