Meditation hands down changed my life.
Needing clarity? Meditate. Feeling stuck? Meditate. In an environment, place, you don’t necessarily want to be but must surrender for the time being? Meditate. It’s literally become my cure for everything. Boredom, loneliness, depression, stress…
I cannot tell you how empowering it feels to be at a place in my life where I can get through absolutely anything and everything with something I’ve created inside of myself. Who needs substances and addictions once you’re able to create deep states of bliss and peace all on your own?
It’s like a superpower that everyone has access to; all you have to do is uncover it.
If you’ve never meditated before, it might sound a bit daunting or hard to imagine. Like any information we expose ourselves to, it’s all about embodied knowledge. You can’t really know something until you’ve experienced it for yourself. But all you have to do is start. And practice. And the energy will build.
This is what I see meditation as: getting more and more deeply in touch with our internal world, enabling us to release stuck energy and emotions that we are holding onto.
And then, as a beautiful result of the letting go, new, lighter energies and states of being can enter into our system—essentially creating our own mini energy vortexes of feeling absolutely phenomenal that we can then stay and bask in for as long as we want.
The natural consequence of meditation is nothing but life getting easier. Increased concentration, increased energy, new feelings of inspiration, even experiencing miracles simply due to raising our consciousness as we increase our energy frequency.
Everything in the universe is energy, including us, so once we shift the energy that we were previously vibrating at to a higher field, we effortlessly begin to attract higher life experiences.
Here are a few inspiring stories to get you even more motivated to meditate.
The first time I ever did a two-hour meditation, I had a feeling of deep fear overwhelm me. I stayed with the fear and simply let myself feel it. After a couple minutes of fully surrendering to what was nothing short of an ego death, it was replaced by a huge wave of indescribable trust in my existence. I left that meditation feeling as if I was in a different dimension. I’d been wanting clarity on my whether it was in my best interest to pursue writing as a full-time career and was significantly struggling with feeling aligned on my path. I wrote down on a piece of paper: “If it is surrendered to the highest good for all for me to become a writer, please give me a sign.” A couple hours later, one of my articles got published in a magazine.
I was supposed to go to an Ayahuasca ceremony last week and was feeling crippling indecisiveness on whether it was best for me to go. In one of my morning meditations, after a period of deep silence, I had a strong voice come through and say, “Don’t go to ceremony.” My intention before my meditation wasn’t even to ask for clarity for anything; it just came through randomly. I cannot tell you how much peace and reassurance it gave me to know that I truly wasn’t meant to go. For whatever reason. Doesn’t really matter; I just trusted.
Now I could have instead ran around scrambling, moving a million miles an hour in my days, avoiding, distracting, and escaping…and if I would have chosen this route, this beautiful, nurturing insight would have never entered into my life. And all I had to do was, in fact, do nothing for a period of time. Quieting the mind for long enough often leads me to gaining deep, deep understandings to life challenges I’ve been struggling with for a while. All we have to do is create the space in our life to separate ourselves from the world and go inward.
When I got COVID-19, it wasn’t even a struggle for me because I had meditation. I didn’t feel bored or lonely at all; I just meditated in bliss while sick. It was great.
Now I’m not going to lie; meditation actually became a sort of dependency and escape for me for a while. I started separating myself from the world more and more and just spent time bathing in these beautiful states of enchanting peace and blissful euphoria I can now easily tap into as a natural result of building up my meditation practice.
The private life of a spiritual aspirant is most definitely a calling and I think there is immense value in purposeful, deep meditation like 10-day vipassana retreats. However, I could feel that life had a different path for me, and becoming a monk was not my dharma. So I slowly entered back onto Earth, returning to normal human duties and meditating less extremely.
I, however, found that I was still using meditation in a sort of addictive manner. Besides my beautiful morning meditation, I would have to take breaks in my day to meditate in order to reground and recenter myself after moving too quickly and getting stuck in the mind. Now there is definitely nothing wrong with this and quite substantially better than a cigarette break. Recollecting yourself to get centered doesn’t have to be taken from the perspective of addiction.
However, I eventually made a profound transition into being able to translate my meditation practice into life itself—connecting with the peace, bliss, and spiritual recharge every morning and then staying connected with the energy field, keeping the frequency I created in my body by embodying the lessons meditation teaches, like letting go of anything that comes up in the moment. Treating my phone and computer with patience, creating gratitude when I eat, finding a new slower meditative walk, and turning a doorknob with ease.
These are all energies that I initially found in meditation that I began to slowly embody into my everyday life. Instead of feeling peace in the morning and then getting up and moving as fast and choppy as ever before, I let ease, grace, and flow become my new norm. The days when I’m able to fully embrace this beautiful flow and unwavering connection, stopping to meditate is no longer necessary.
Life becomes a meditation.
New to meditation?
There are a million bajillion different meditation techniques. I like to keep it quite simple. Pick a point in your mind to concentrate on and then let your thoughts flow out of you like an effortless stream, not getting attached to any one of them. Maybe noticing the breath. Maybe relaxing deeper and deeper into your body as you release any tension and stress.
If you can sit up and have your spine straight, fantastic. If you need to lay down, that’s completely perfect too. It’s more important to ensure you’re comfortable. There is no “right” way to meditate. It’s more about practicing and experimenting and creating what works best for you.
Meditate for five minutes if that’s all you can handle. But it’ll take you longer than five minutes to really build the energy your soul has been deprived of. Right now, one hour in the morning is my baseline requirement for meditation. As you build up your practice, you’ll find your own sweet spot in terms of length of time and how to assimilate it into your daily routine. Just bring the intention of patience and dedication into your practice. It is pretty much the best habit you could ever incorporate into your life.
Are you ready to begin?