For me it all started over 17 years ago, when my husband introduced me to his daily practice of Meditation. He went on and explained there was some explanation of what it is, and why it is valuable. I was then told to close my eyes and “repeat two words to my inner self”. I had no idea what that meant, but I just decided to follow his instruction without questioning. Some calming came and went, and because I was anxious, I keep opening and closing my eyes, and checking on the time. Needless to say, I was not ready, nor disciplined at that time.
Fast forward, ten years have gone by, and I have decided to meditate to my breath. In those few minutes, I realized such a feeling of calmness in my mind and complete relaxation in my body, as I had never felt before. Prior to this revelation, I had been very agitated and in much RA pain, so that new experience and sense of awareness was an uplifting experience for me. There was also a subtle feeling of accomplishment, of feeling I was finally ready to give myself this precious gift of meditation. I was hooked.
That night I decided that I would start a meditating regiment. I started meditating for 20 minutes every day (currently I do 30 minutes). Even though I had no idea what I was doing, I just kept at it. Over the years my practice evolved, I no longer open my eyes, nor did I check the time. Today, it surprises me just how fast time passes during my meditation session.
I’ve identified seven things that I’ve gained through Meditation: Improved health, focus, creativity, patience, personal growth, emotional healing, and more holistic connection with God. Meditation is one of the most powerful tools for restoring balance to my mind and body. In meditation, I experience a state of calming awareness in which my body is resting deeply while my mind is awake -though quiet. It is within the silence of awareness that my mind lets go of old patterns of thinking and feeling and helps heal itself.