A couple of years ago I spent a month in the foothills of the Himalayas, practicing yoga for 4 hours a day, and meditating 2-3 times daily.
(This photo above is one of the many views I experienced on that trip).
This was the first time I really, truly committed to a meditation practice. I met sadhu's, India's wandering holy men, who devote their whole lives to the search of enlightenment. I met first time meditators and 102 year old (ridiculously flexible!) yoga teachers.
There were also lots of women, like me, keen for a deeper understanding of ourselves, a rich experience and an adventure.
And it seemed, although we came from almost different worlds, there was an underlying current that carried through everyone -
We all have the ability to tap into that inner truth, that quietness within us - anytime we want to. Whether you cleanse yourself in the Ganges each day, or work on the 18th floor in Melbourne city. We all have access to that peaceful state.
And thank god(dess) for that.
I often speak to women who are considering starting a meditation practice, but there are obstacles in their way :::
It's all pan flutes and gongs / I'm not a hippie / I don't feel comfortable just sitting with my own thoughts / I don't have the time (honey, if you are too busy to meditate, you need this more than ever!) / My mind is too active
Yup, I hear you!
But wouldn't it be amazing to experience all of this juicy goodness ...
Far less stress / Fresh ideas and creativity / Improved focus / A huge reduction in anxiety / Better quality sleep / Ability to be living in the present (aka less worry and more enjoyment).
For me, it’s the difference between going through my day with ease - or rushing (and getting the same amount done). It’s the difference between responding to a difficult situation with clarity of mind, rather than reacting.
Meditation has cultivated a knowing that there is always stillness and peace within me, even amongst the chaos outside.
“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
I promise you, you don't need to be living in a Himalayan Cave to be getting your zen on. It is super accessible, with just a little practice.
If you have been contemplating starting a practice, consider this your invitation. Let's commit to just one minute a day. Even the busiest amongst us can manage that, I'm sure.
One minute a day of focusing on your breath, noticing the rise and fall of your body as you inhale and exhale. Noticing your thoughts, without judgement, and letting them drift away.
In the next couple of weeks I will be revealing my very own free guided meditation, which I am SO excited to share with you! If you are on my mailing list, in gratitude that you have chosen to hear from me in this way, you will be the first to receive it. If not, jump on it, I’d love you to be a part of this community.
In the meantime though, if you really want to step it up, start a meditation practice and need some sweet sweet tunes, my girl Tahlee from Sonesence has created the most beautiful meditation music I've ever laid ears on.
The divine tunes from her True North album make me breathe deeper, feel lighter and focus with ease.
Click on the picture below to go right through to her website where you can purchase her albums. I’m telling you, you’ll be glad you did.
I'd LOVE to hear below - are you in? Are you committing to this practice?
Or do you already have a devoted meditation practice? How does it benefit your life?
With love as always.