MEDITATE Meditation Guide

“At first, the mind tumbles like a waterfall In mid-course, it becomes calm like a river flowing slowly In the end, it is an ocean where two halves merge in one. ”

I was introduced to meditation at the age of 19. My mom took me to a guru whom she thought might help. I didn’t understand why she thought that I needed help. I was already attending university in another city. I was only visiting my parents every other weekend. Of course, the fact that she thought I needed help struck me. I considered myself a very normal university student. I was attending seminars, drinking tons of Red Bull, eating lots of junk food, and not doing any exercise. Perhaps my mom did see things which were invisible to my eyes. I was skeptical about meeting with the guru for the first time. I remember asking my mom if he was going to treat me badly or make me feel uncomfortable. Had I known how uncomfortable he was going to make me feel, I probably would never have started attending sessions with him It wasn’t that he treated me badly at all. It was the “mirror” that he held and made me sit with. The sessions were very often uncomfortable. I promised myself several times that I wouldn’t come back. But after a couple days, something in me wanted to relive the same experience. So, I never stopped going.

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We were practicing guided meditations. My guru was the voice guiding me through a meditative experience. The first several times I just couldn’t be still. I remember that my body wanted to start letting go, but my mind didn’t. I was scared to close my eyes. I feared the unknown. I was scared to lose control. After several sessions, I remember my guru snapped at me and said: “G, why can’t you just let your mind relax?” I had no idea what he meant by relaxation. When you live so long with a tense mind, it becomes your norm. We forget the state of relaxation, like how effortless we were as children, and our true nature. It’s like smoking a cigarette. The first couple of times the body rejects it; we can’t even inhale the toxins. We get a sudden headache, and we’re ready to throw up. But these reactions diminish over time, and we forget how good it feels to breathe in without toxins and how much easier life is without the toxic load.

Meditation guides us back to our true nature. Our divine light. Once we start practicing, we see a rippling effect in all areas of our lives. We release unhealthy patterns, cultivate patience, or smooth out stressful relationships. The first thing I experience after starting back with meditation is more conscious eating choices. I tend to be drawn towards drinking water and eating a vegetarian diet. It’s something the body naturally craves, and I don’t even have to make an extra effort or force myself to eat a healthy diet. The body just knows what it needs. I also feel more connected, more at peace and harmony when I meditate. Meditations can be an invaluable tool for creating health and well-being, as well as personal and spiritual growth. However, knowing that meditation is good for us is one thing. Sitting down every day to do it is another. The reason I’m saying this is because I always notice a difference when I don’t meditate for a prolonged time and when I meditate consistently. If we want to experience all the benefits of meditation, consistency is the key. We must practice daily.

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