Thoughts on Meditation

Recently people have been telling me about their perception of meditation. For some this means writing a gratitude list every morning, for others running or watching music videos is their form of meditation. Isn’t it interesting how people have very different ideas of this ancient practice?

 

Ultimately meditation is about stepping into the silence of your own self so we can hear the quiet whisper of our hearts. Meditation provides a pathway for connection to our intuitive intelligence. From this place of being we know who we are and we know what we want.

How can we begin to listen to these subtle impulses when we are confronted by the many stimuli on TV? How can we truly hear when we need to pay attention to the road in front of us while running? Just because one can be mindful while walking or listening to music doesn’t mean it’s meditation. Meditation requires stillness and most people are afraid of this. But why? What could possibly happen to you in the silence? You are only sitting with yourself after all.

This anxiety is the result of our hectic, modern lifestyles. We run from one meeting to the next, we eat on the go and are lucky if we remember what we did yesterday. The importance here is that it is a lifestyle, and style is a choice. We can choose a different, more balanced way, but this requires awareness, a gut instinct or a symptom from our body that it has had enough and cannot continue in this way. If we are still in tune with our body, then this symptom can be subtle and not cause long-lasting pain. Yet in other cases it may manifest as serious dis-ease that will take longer to heal. All because we are avoiding stillness? Is that really worth it?

It is time for all of us to honour time with ourselves. We all need to invest in the “not-doing” and in the re-connection to our intuitive nature that is far more intelligent and productive than anything we could accomplish on our own.

It is time to get back in touch with the harmony of nature for our own wellbeing, peace of mind and success as well as the wellbeing of our planet.

When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself. –Lao Tzu

It is simple to begin. Below is all you need:

  • A place to sit, anywhere.
  • A small portion of time in your day. Dedicate 5-10 minutes to start.
  • Yourself, focussing on your breath. Inhaling, exhaling.
  • Curiosity and patience.

 

Author: Julia Gundermann

I am a holistic health practitioner based in Auckland, New Zealand. Through my Higher Dating blog I am inviting everyone on my personal journey to my Higher Self, embracing a life filled with authenticity, purpose and joy. May these reflections inspire you to also seek higher.

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