"Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. As the great Sufi poet, Rumi, wrote, 'Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being."
~ Deepak Chopra
Today, make a commitment to a meditation practice! Whether you know how to do it or think you don't know how to do it, make the commitment to sit quietly with yourself for 5-10 minutes (for new meditators) or 20-30 minutes (for experienced meditators) when you get up in the morning. You have the time.... This is the cornerstone to getting to know yourself and recognizing how your body-mind speaks to you. Our body is sending us messages of comfort or discomfort constantly regarding the choices we are making in our food, movement, work, environment, and relationships, but we rarely listen; mostly because we are so busy multi-tasking. I'm guilty of it too, but I find that the less I multi-task and the more I go within, the happier I am because I am living authentically from my True Self and making choices that are in harmony with my unique nature and Nature itself. Here's how to start -
Remember this process: R-P-M; Rise, Pee, Meditate. If you are waiting for some magical time when you will actually have time to meditate, trust me, it's never going to happen! You must put this into your life like you brush your teeth. You wouldn't go a morning without brushing your teeth; so you don't go a morning without meditation, connecting with yourSelf. Whether you have 2 minutes or 2 hours, you don't go a day without it. Find a quiet space, get comfortable and begin to breathe deeply. Keep your attention focused on your breath and when thoughts come, gently redirect them to the breath. After some time, you will be able to quiet the internal mental and emotional chatter that causes stress, which leads to declining health and wellbeing. Whatever comes up, simply go back to the breath. It takes practice, no doubt, but the discipline is worth your time to learn and practice. This place of peace and expansiveness the is place from which all else will flow. And rather than feeling deprived when you are trying to avoid things and practices that you know are not good for you, you will be coming from a place of inspiration (in-spirit) rather than motivation, which is just an intellectual exercise that is not long lasting. If you've ever been on a diet, you know what I mean. When you are finished, simply take a moment to notice how you feel and allow the integration of the practice before you resume your regular activity. The best time is between 5-6 AM (first thing in the morning) and again in the afternoon or early evening (after work and before dinner). But if those times don't work, make a commitment to fit it in somewhere. Regardless of what happens in meditation, where you will see the results, is in your life! Enjoy your practice and I will talk with you tomorrow. ; )
Come to a Kalyana Centre meditation event and experience meditating with me in a group or sign up for a formal course. Contact me for more information.
Dr. Joanna Carmichael is an RN, Dr. of Metaphysics, Divinity, Interfaith Minister, Ayurveda Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher and Founder & CEO of the Kalyana Centre in Narberth, PA