Meditation and mindfulness are totally in vogue nowadays. Yet, with all the information that is out there, I still get people approaching me with uncertainty about it all.
I wanted to share my own path with you to give you an idea how it can also be part of your life. Sometimes, it is necessary to get a personal perspective from someone ordinary, like yourself, and not from a guru. I find that can be daunting as meditation is such a big part of their life, that it doesn’t seem possible for us mere mortals.
misrepresentations of meditation
When I first started many years ago now, I felt I couldn’t ‘fit’ another thing into my life. That wasn’t for me. I didn’t have the time nor the desire. I was already practicing reiki and yoga, and walking and swimming at the beach. What else, I thought (rather dramatically), when my mother suggested we get someone to teach us (who, by the way, became my teacher). In addition, I had all these misrepresentations in my mind. Here are some of them:
Sit in lotus pose for hours on end: That is the vision I originally had. And there was no way I could sit in full lotus pose for any length of time. I still cannot get into it and not from lack of trying.
Meditation is difficult: Initially, it was. It took me a while to fully understand what it all meant and how to easily bring it into my life. It took practice, determination, desire, willpower and turning up each and every week. We had agreed to a 4 week course, one hour a week, which ended up being 8 years (once a month). Never give up is the motto here. When you want something desperately, it is amazing what you will do to get it. And I wanted more of what I was beginning to experience.
Time: This is a biggie. Time. Whilst we are all so busy running around being busy, we don’t realise that we are not only missing out in a big part of our lives, but we are also not feeling what we want. We believe we are making the time to do the things we want, yet we don’t feel satisfied. So how much do you really want to get those longed for outcomes of peace, calm, serenity, joy, happiness, and so much more? Make the time now!
Can’t sit still: That was me. To start with I couldn’t sit still. In fact, I slept through most of the first year. When I was ‘present’, I was so fidgety, frustrated, irritated, annoyed and bored. Why bother? Something just kept me hanging in there. I am so glad it did.
Getting it right: Perfectionism. That can stop many of us from doing so many things we so want to do. Luckily for us, when practicing meditation and mindfulness there is no need to get it right. This took me a while to get my head around as I had been so programmed to getting it right to get acknowledged and praised. That is no longer the case. It is what it is each and every time.
Can’t switch of my brain: Good news for you is you don’t have to. It isn’t possible to fully switch your mind off. There will always be thoughts going through your mind. What you learn is how to tame them.
It takes ages to feel the benefits: Actually, it doesn’t. I can see that now and that is why I love teaching you how to bring this into your life. It doesn’t take a lot to create the life you want. And as mentioned above, you need to want to do this and take some time initially to learn and implement. Then off you go.
I trust this has helped you sort out a few of misrepresentations of meditation you may have had. Here are a few blogs I have written you may like to read: What meditation can do for you (part 1) and (part 2) and my own personal experience. For more information on workshops and meditation session, either sign up to my database to receive dates and times or like my Facebook page.
Here’s to meditation being in your everyday life.
Chantal Vanderhaeghen is an intuitive guide, small business owner, creator of an international skincare brand, passionate philanthropist and meditation, reiki, tapping and mindfulness teacher. She works with women ready to make changes, shatters perceptions of beauty and perfection, and inspires people ready to become mindful entrepreneurs. She lives with her talented man in the Perth Hills and can be found online at www.unfoldyoufreedom.com.au
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