A spiritual journey is an inward journey – it’s a journey to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, our life and our purpose. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the roles of society, in the rules we are conditioned to live by, in the pursuit of wealth, success, or the next shiny new toy.
But true peace comes from our inner strength, from the stillness and silence that is at the very core of who we are. It is this inner silence and peace that radiates out into our lives, creating a sense of serenity, calmness and balance in everything that we do. The best way that I have found to tap into this silence is through a regular meditation practice.
I’ve tried meditating numerous times – watching the breath, focusing on the flame of a candle, trying to get my mind to go blank, doing a guided meditation that I found on YouTube or iTunes. Some of them didn’t work, at all! Watching the breath was boring, focusing on the flame of a candle made my eyes hurt, and trying to let go of my thoughts made me think even more thoughts! Some of the guided meditations that I found online were all right; they helped me relax a bit, but I never felt refreshed and renewed.
Needless to say, trying these meditation techniques was an exercise in futility – at least for me.
I found my first meditative experience at my art table – the act of painting, of creating, helped me to lose my sense of myself, of time, of place…But I didn’t always achieve this state of flow. Having experienced it a few times, though, I wanted more of this feeling of timelessness.
Now that I knew what I was looking for, the Universe led me to some excellent meditation teachers. Through a collection of guided meditation sessions, I finally started to connect with myself; to understand my blocks; and to grow in serenity. Soon, this inner tranquility started permeating my life – I was able to take work-related stress in my stride, my expectations and demands from the husband mellowed, and my monkey mind calmed down, somewhat! And as I connected in with myself, my fears, self-doubt, and anxieties started reducing.
There’s a lot of healing power in meditation, and I believe one can only taste it through experience. So why don’t you take out some time for yourself and try some guided meditations? You can try one of the meditations from this site or from Jessica Snow – though she offers a paid subscription service, she has a free meditation available to stream each month.
How do you connect in with yourself? Let me know in the comments!