It’s the best way to harness the power of the present moment. It’s a tool for self-healing. It provides direct access to the divine.
The list goes on. My problem was that while I did recognize these almighty truths right from the start, I also found myself seriously stuck when it came to actually meditating.
My favorite spiritual writers sure made it sound easy — just sit down, quiet your mind, and be. In practice, this was a daunting, nearly impossible task. All the while, I talked nonstop about the power of awareness in the present moment. It wasn’t until I came across this quote by Marianne Williamson a few months back that I felt nudged to make a change.
“It’s not enough just to know how important healthy food and exercise are; we must actually eat well and exercise regularly to enjoy the benefits of those habits. So, it’s not enough to just know the power of prayer and/or meditation; we must practice these rituals, through daily devotion.”
It was then that I took a hard look at the reasons why I wasn’t meditating and made changes to get over them. Since shifting my outlook, I’m finally enjoying all the transformative benefits of meditation. When I’ve been loyal to my practice, I feel more grounded, more focused. Anxiety and worry are transmuted into trust and acceptance of what is. For a few minutes each day, I feel deeply connected to something holy and real and magical.”
Here are three key ideas that helped me develop a regular practice and unlock the benefits I had been touting for so long.
1. I Realized Short Meditation Sessions Are Worthwhile
My biggest hurdle used to be that I simply didn’t have time to meditate. Juggling work demands while caring for two young children often left little time for much else. Then I came across a radical idea from writer Peter McWilliams: Meditating often creates more time than it takes. I interpreted this to mean that meditation calms the mind in such a way that you actually feel less crazed and time-starved than before. Continue reading >>