Think of yourself in the middle of a river, floating peacefully, enjoying the feel of the current as it carries you along. The water is cool and refreshing; your ride is effortless. As you lie on your back, you feel the sun on your face and hear the birds chirping around you. You are totally content with the world.
Now imagine that suddenly, as you're in this wonderful, effortless space, something comes from beneath you and pops you out of the water, leaving you on the river bank, rattled and dazed. You feel the hardness of the earth, the shock of being out of the river, the confusion of things suddenly not being what they were. What would you want to do next? Get back into the river, of course, get back into that flow. Who would choose being on the hard riverbank, bruised and confused, over the soothing river current, with its ease and beautiful scenery?
When you are making a life transition or a major life change, your experience is often that of having been flung up on the riverbank. You experience the impact of awareness, the shock of change, and the disorientation of the unfamiliar. You want to get back to what feels good. As you puzzle out what to do next, what you are really trying to do is to get back into the water, back into what I call the Flow.
The Flow is a combination of physical relaxation, mental stability, spiritual connection, and overall expansiveness. When you are in the Flow, your intuition is fully engaged. You trust in the way your life is going, you know your decisions are the right ones, and you are sure that all will be well. Life seems almost magical as everything falls into place without striving and stressing.
People experience the Flow when they are creating a piece of art, dancing, making the perfect jump shot, or saying the wisest thing in a business meeting without even thinking. It is that connection of Spirit and physical world, where the body, mind, and soul work together perfectly.
So how do we get back into the Flow? How do we get from the riverbed back into the river? Through meditation.
If you are truly sincere about wanting to align your Spirit and physical world, you must meditate. I previously hesitated to say this to my clients, because I didn't want to infringe on their personal or religious beliefs, and wanted to honor their personalities and ways of doing things. But I am now certain that meditation is essential to the process of change.
Making meditation one of your first steps on the road to changing your life is probably one of the most important, tangible actions you can take. If you want your life to reflect your true self, how can you expect to know what the true self is if you don't take time out to discover it? If you want to change the patterns of your life, how can you expect to do so without taking time to reflect, recognize those patterns, and become aware of your own personal way to the Flow?
You must meditate.
Ok, with that being said, don't freak out now, fearing that in order to truly change your life you'll have to be an ascetic monk, chanting OM on a mountaintop and denying yourself all earthly pleasures. Meditation can take many forms! At its most basic, it's simply taking time to be peaceful, still the mind, and remember what it feels like to be in the river. At the other end of the spectrum, meditation can be used to ask yourself questions, and to discover solutions that are unique to your path and your personal flow.
In Buddhism there is a concept called "beginning again." It is about recognizing that in each moment we have an opportunity to begin again, create what is right for us, and take actions in ways that we feel happy about. Meditation is another form of "beginning again." We clear the mind and create a space that allows new forms of thought, new realizations, and new energy.
We'll talk more about meditation in a future article; however, I would like you to get a little taste of it now. The following meditation is a simple technique that can be used any time you are stressed or wanting to renew your feeling of Flow. Try it for 5 minutes at any time of day; you will find it instantly relaxes you. Practice it for 7-11 minutes every day and you will find your path of transition become clearer and smoother.
Meditation: Creating Peace
Get in a comfortable position. Some people prefer the classic meditation form, sitting cross-legged on the floor, arms straight, wrists on the knees, fingers relaxed. You may also, however, meditate lounging in a chair, or lying on your bed (just don't fall asleep!).
Now close your eyes and take a deep breath. Allow your body to relax as you exhale. Once again, breathe deeply, hold the breath for a count of 3, then exhale and relax. Imagine that as you exhale you are clearing your mind of worries, and worldly distractions, and creating a space for peace and new beginnings.
After taking a few more breaths, imagine what it would feel like to be in a state of peace. Just take the word "peace" and repeat it silently to yourself. Each time you say the word feel the sensation of what peace feels like to you. You may want to visualize a situation where you have felt peaceful before. The emphasis is on feeling peace, totally bringing it into your body as well as your mind. Breathe, feel it inside and out. Continue for as much time as you like.
When you are ready, end by taking a deep breath, and holding it; then as you let it out, spread your peaceful feeling to the space and people around you. Feel the peacefulness at your navel point and heart, spreading throughout your body. Know that as you have created 5 minutes of peace, so you can create more things in your life in this manner.Explore posts in the same categories: Inspiration, Making Life Changes, Meditation Tips