Meditation – what it is, what it isn’t and all the other great stuff in between!

Meditation – what it is, what it isn’t and all the other great stuff in between!

Meditation has often been misunderstood to be a practice associated with a particular cultural or religious group.  I have lost count of the number of times people have said “I don’t meditate, I pray”.  The way I best try to explain it is prayer is our “ask” and meditation is our “listen”.  I think many of us can agree that we know how to “pray” or “ask” but we have difficulty experiencing our prayers answered simply because we don’t know how to listen.  Isn’t that ironic, we have one mouth and two ears, yet we know better how to speak, but unfortunately do less listening.  Meditation is simply the act of quietening our mind so that we are able to listen better.  It is the act of sitting still and allowing our mind chatter to slowly quiet down so that we are finally able to just “be” and connect with our higher self, with our guidance – with our intuition. 

Since I have started leading meditation classes, and talked to more and more people about the practice and importance of mediation, I have repeatedly heard people respond with a variation of these types of responses; “I can’t meditate.  “I don’t know how.”  “Can you teach me how?” “I have too much going on in my head”  “I can’t sit still”.  As someone who just started my journey only a couple of years ago, I can tell you that these were the types of responses that came to me when I would hear about meditation.  I was going through a divorce and one thing was for certain, my mind was far from quiet, I was way too stressed out to sit still in silence, and I was convinced that that time in my life was definitely not the “right” time to start learning how to meditate.  I did not know then, what I know now.  The most stressful times in our life, the times when we are the most lost, confused, depressed, unhappy, unfulfilled, and have the loudest mind chatter going on are actually the BEST times to start this process.  There is no better time.  It is then and only then that we are able to explore the full nature and impact meditation can have on us.  We are able to quite obviously witness where we were mentally, emotionally and spiritually when we started versus where we are moving toward in a few short weeks of beginning the journey.  

See, I knew that the way I had been doing things had not been working, and I was only pushing myself towards further disaster.  Something had to change I mean really, there was not much more left to lose.  I was going to try this “meditation thing” and if it works GREAT, and if not, it’s not like I was going to lose a limb over it – so I decided to try … and so the journey began …  Two years later, here I am – thriving, happier, more purposeful and more fulfilled.  

So let me ask you; are you facing a difficult time in your life?  Do you feel unfulfilled?   Do you feel disconnected with yourself and the people around you?  Do you feel like your body is physically here, but mentally you are totally lost?  Have you asked yourself “why am I here in this life?  What is the point of this all?”  Do you feel confused, forgetful and just not “with it” Do you feel unhappy and sad but don’t know why?  

Ok folks.  The good news is, you are not the only one.  The better news is you are in the right place, at the right time, which is right now!  Congratulations!  Take a deep breath in and let out a sigh of relief.  This space is designed to first of all let you know that you are not “losing it” or going “crazy”.  I am far too familiar with those words, but it was time for me to begin my journey from that footing in order to get to where I am today and continue on to go where I am going.  And guess what “Oh the places we will go!”  Stay with me folks – this is going to be epic!

Continue to explore the site. You will be intuitively guided and find all that you are looking for.  Remember Rumi said “What you are seeking is seeking you”.  I also heard once, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear!”

Love, light and blessings beautiful soul!

Farahana Surya Namaskar

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