I love meditation. It was only a few short years ago that I first sat in a Buddhist temple participating in a class called, “Meditation in a Nutshell,” so that I might learn what indeed meditation is, why and how to do it. I’m not Buddhist, but I was searching. And the class proved to be a wonderful introduction to what meditation is and how to go about it.
Since that time, I’ve learned many styles of meditation and have also learned formal mindfulness. I’ve purchased guided imagery cd’s, taken instruction on TM (transcendental meditation) and now, as a coach and mindfulness teacher, have led many others through this process.
Even a simple breathing exercise consisting of 2 minutes is helpful to reconnect, re-charge and rejuvenate.
My most regular and ideal routine is to have a 20-22 minute meditation twice a day, morning and late afternoon. It feels like connecting to my spirit. It is how I achieve calm, patience, inner guidance. It is where I ask questions and receive answers. It is how I nourish my mind, body and spirit.
Meditation can make me feel almost super human. I often feel I can take on anything. I feel immense potential welling up inside me. I see all that is possible.
Meditation connects me to beauty.
I feel as though it is insulating my very nerve endings so that whatever challenges come my way (whether it’s a traffic jam, a 5 year old’s tantrum, a business challenge), I can handle it with clarity, a level head and patience.
And… when I don’t do it, it feels as though bags of garbage are piling up alongside the curb with no one to take them away and clear the space, clear the refuse.
So, why oh why would I go an entire week without meditating?
I’m human. And the truth is, I let several days go by without a meditation due to various reasons/excuses. I was sick, I was sleep-deprived (pregnancy insomnia kept me up most hours of the night leaving my days fatigued and feeling useless), I was feeling the pressure to get certain things ‘done’… and self-care fell by the wayside.
It sneaks up on you. You miss a day and know that it’s okay. You miss two days from the very nature of life and start to push it out of your mind. Suddenly, here I am at 6am, the rest of the house still and asleep… realizing it’s been 6 days without meditating. (sigh)
How could I let this happen? I TEACH meditation!
My week without meditation
The thing is, when you are experiencing insomnia, feeling sick, feeling overwhelmed, these are ideal times for meditation. Not times to push it to the back burner.
Yet, when you’re not feeling well or on top of things, it sometimes is one of the first things to go.
Meditation and mindful living is a practice. I know I can always come back to it. I know it is always there for me. And I know of its benefits.
What am I going to do about it? Well, about 2 seconds after I publish this blog post, I’m going to meditate, of course! No time like the present.
When you drop a habit, for any reason or for however long, a habit that serves you, a habit in self-care, there is no need for harsh self-judgment. Simply drop it.
Acknowledge where you are, and how best to move forward.
Today will be a better day because of my meditation practice, that I know. And each day that I do practice, my inner strength grows, my soul thrives, and – I do believe meditation has a cumulative effect. It’s not just a one-time benefit for the day. It builds up over time. Deeper and richer experiences. Deeper healing. Greater insights.
You can download meditations from Bridgett right over here. Go forth in love. That includes self-love.
In gratitude, Bridgett