I clearly remember the first time I led meditation years ago. I was leading a group that consisted of not only my most esteemed colleagues, but also a couple of experienced medication teachers. After months of training and years of interest in the practice, to say that I was nervous up there in front of my peers would be an understatement. But as the anxiety mounted, the words of one of my own teachers bubbled up in my mind.
“Meditation is not about getting muting your noisy mind, or eliminating all the distractions of daily life,” he had said to the class during a talk, “Meditation is about rising above them.”
It may seem minor, but that was the epiphany that convinced me—after a few years of a serious, committed meditation practice—to become a meditation teacher myself. After getting into meditation to help me cope with the stress of my day-to-day, I’d already begun to realize the immense benefits of the practice: a fostering of mindfulness and compassion for myself and others, a better understanding of the workings of my own mind, and, of course, drastically reduced stress. But after that statement hit me like a thunderclap, I suddenly realized that I couldn’t keep these benefits to myself; I wanted to share them with my patients, with my peers, with the world at large.
Like many others, I dabbled with meditation for years before understanding what it was all about. Back in 2007, I started following blogs and reading books on meditation. It seemed like everybody was talking about how good meditation was for you, how essential it was for thriving in our chaotic world, but either I didn’t quite get it or wasn’t yet convinced. Sure, I’d do a little yoga here, a guided meditation there, but I never quite got into the groove.
That is, until I took a course on how to meditate. It was the first time I’d kept any kind of extended streak of morning meditations, and honestly, the changes I began to experience blew my mind. From then on, I resolved to make meditation an integral part of my daily life.
What can meditation offer you? Well, for one, you’re going to start showing up in your day to day with more calm, ease, and presence, translating to being a more loving partner, mother/father, sister/brother, friend…
You’re going to give your mind and body the “re-boot” that they need, making you more productive, creative, and effective.
You’re no longer going to let stress run the show. You are proactively taking the stance that living from overwhelm is no longer acceptable.
And that is pretty powerful.
With love and gratitude,