We all have that one torch we carry. It’s something that ignites us. It gives us purpose. We could go on and on about it when we’re in the right company. It’s our Special Thing, and people think of it when they think of us.
That Thing for me is Meditation.
No matter what’s happening on any given day, I must meditate for twenty minutes at some point. My husband knows that when I say I need some time to meditate, I’m not going to cancel it and hope that tomorrow I’ll have time. Showers can wait another day, groceries can wait another day. But I have to get in that daily meditation. It simply has to take place, even if there’s a tornado outside.
When I was in an advanced energy healing program, my teacher asked us to consider what our topic would be if we were given a bully pulpit. I didn’t have to think longer than a second about my choice. Passion flowed out of my pen as I got to work on it. I wanted to have a real bully pulpit – I didn’t want it to be just an assignment.
I wanted to let people know.
I’ve been committed to my daily meditation practice for six years now. After a year of trying out various guided meditations, I finally made the decision to get a mantra and formal training. It was the best thing I’ve ever done. I still revisit those guided meditations from time to time, but they don’t hold a candle to the real thing. Your personal mantra allows you to get ‘in the gap’ – the space where you download wisdom and other gifts from Source.
Following my teacher’s advice, I meditated first thing in the morning and immediately when I got home from work. Within weeks, I had shifted into a new frequency of deep peace. I knew that I could be OK no matter what happened. And life did continue to happen. There were challenges. I was able to face those challenges with strength and dignity that always seemed to belong to other people. Better people.
I was now one of those better people.
I became acutely aware of the fleeting nature of every sad or mundane experience. Negative emotions no longer had a strong charge. I moved through the bad moments and bad days with confidence and grace. I could no longer feel separate from Well-Being, from the Universe. I was It. These hiccups could not shake my core. Even trauma could not knock the wind out of my sails. I was connected. I could manage the human experience. And I could even love those who were completely disconnected from Source – those who were on a mission to break my connection.
It seems unlikely to me that I would have ever become capable of radical forgiveness without my meditation practice. I had stumbled through 29 years of life dealing with various injustices, and forgiveness had seemed like a mythological and unattainable treasure that only the gifted people could experience. Prayer in the Catholic tradition had done little to restore my peace, despite my best efforts to partake in the sacraments and the more ‘underground’ prayers and novenas.
How lucky I am, to have finally made the decision to meditate, at an age when many people feel jaded by life and the empty promises of different traditions. I took a chance on it, and I have soared ever since.
Another significant gift of meditation worth noting is the creative flourishing that came in waves over the years. I feel that my meditation practice has fast-tracked me to a place of deep fulfilment and authentic celebration of life that many people spend their lives striving to experience. Meditation helps one release the ‘striving’ and accept the completeness that already exists in the Field. One becomes aware of their access to a great field of infinite potentiality where their fulfilled dreams for this lifetime already exist. One releases unworthiness and then locks in to their desire, and they download it into their lives quite quickly. It’s magic, it’s normal, it’s God’s work!
My experience with meditation has convinced me that this practice has the potential to change not only the individual, but the entire world. Not only can we reduce personal conflicts between family members and co-workers, we can also reduce large-scale conflicts between communities and nations. The fear-based conditioning that has sickened this world for so long would crumble away if people woke up to their divinity, to their ability to love unconditionally and operate as a blissful extension of Source. I know that people do things on their own timeline, and it is best for me to accept people where they are. As an eternal optimist, I feel the joy of mass awakening as if it has already happened. I know it is inevitable. I am not trapped in a linear timeline.
Meditation has been shown to restore feelings of well-being in the brain, and it calms down the nervous system. People who meditate regularly begin to respond to life rather than react to it. Meditation makes one feel joy and compassion, and when we are on those vibrations, we cannot help but make decisions that elevate others – even perceived enemies. We become so accustomed to the sensation of Loving Awareness/God/Creator in our hearts that we are no longer compelled to lash out against unkind social media comments. We are filled with grace, and we are irrevocably changed. We have the wisdom and perspective of a Higher Power, and we cannot help but remain empowered as we face considerable brutality. Insults and threats are no longer about you, but about the other person. We no longer take things personally, and we know that our antagonists are pitiable and unconscious. As we forgive those who remain trapped in their own cages of misery and resistance to Well-Being, we recognize how truly powerful we are – how magnificently connected we are to Loving Awareness. Nobody really has power over us. We Are The Power.
I urge people from all walks of life to find a good meditation teacher and sign up for their weekend or online course. It will be the best time and money you’ve ever spent. Then, commit to 20 minutes each day. Not twice a week, but every single day. Your day has a total of 1440 minutes. You can do it. You will soon find that missing a day of meditation is akin to missing a day of water. The short-term benefits will make you walk a little taller, but the long-term benefits will really give you something to call home about!
Do it, do it, do it. You have known for some time now that you need to do it. You probably wouldn’t be reading this post if you didn’t know that you were called to this practice. Your mind, body, and spirit ache for this daily repose which even the deepest sleep cannot offer.