We are knee-deep in the holidays; shopping, get togethers, workload, wrapping up a year and planning big things for the next one. In December especially, its so important to do a self-check in everyday to remain centered and grounded through meditation.
What is meditation? According to Webster’s Dictionary: To think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.
I have talked about meditating before on C+B but here are 5 very convincing reasons to get started from “San Francisco’s own Paul Brown, of QuietPath Meditation. Brown, an S.F. native, studied directly under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (guru to The Beatles and The Beach Boys) in the ’70s, and over the past 40 years, he’s taught thousands of students — including Karen O, Donna Karan, and the founder of the Troll doll (yes, really) — all over the world how to meditate.” featured on Refinery29:
Life Is More Fun
“Meditation is a 20-minute, twice a day vacation that allows us to transcend the chaos and turbulence of daily life. By sinking into a blissful, deep state of rest we allow for the body’s innate ability to repair itself. When you find a technique of effortless transcending, it becomes second nature to want to incorporate [that] as part of our daily hygiene and put the mind on ‘rinse cycle.’ One of my clients said: ‘I feel like there is a gentle conspiracy on nature’s part to make me happy.’ It’s true. We’re more aligned, more in the flow.”
Time Becomes Your Friend
“It’s so easy to get into a negative mindset and think, ‘Oh, that’s going to be hard. I don’t have the time, how can I fit this into my schedule?’ But, when we are operating with a clear, deeply settled, and naturally focused mind, we organically fall into alignment with what nature has planned for us. We do less and accomplish more. We get more bang for the buck.”
Bad Habits Can Fade Away
“You’ll be so surprised when that bad habit you could never seem to quit just simply falls away. And, you didn’t even give it any thought! Just like shadows disappear when the sun comes up. One Monday evening, after the class had been meditating for three days, I asked if there were any success stories. No one could think of anything. After quite a pause, this woman said: ‘I forgot to smoke! I haven’t had a cigarette since Friday!’ Meditation provides a navigation system throughout the mysteries of existence. As my friend Don would say, ‘How can I live all of who I am?’ It’s about living deeper. It’s about happiness that can’t be found in things. It’s about knowing yourself. With deepening consciousness, your true purpose, your larger purpose on the planet, your cosmic assignment in this lifetime becomes apparent.”
A Sense Of Freedom
“Meditating is like having the force of nature on your side. What do surfers do? They catch a wave, and the whole force of the ocean is behind that wave. How powerful and majestic! When we are aligned with cosmic purpose, it’s simple and satisfying on the deepest level. We don’t engage in activity because of some unexpressed need, we are responding to a need of the universe. We operate from a totally fulfilled place, more and more. We operate with verve and enthuse. Someone told me enthusiasm comes from a Greek work meaning infused with the Holy Spirit. Maybe so. I feel whole, and holy, and full of the Spirit. And, also, inclined to do what feels right rather then what I should do. Funny how that all works out.”
“Yes, it kinda sneaks up on you: fulfillment. One of the jaw-dropping effects of a regular meditation practice, and we’re talking about an effortless practice of transcending, is tapping into that Field of All Possibilities or that place your high school guidance counselor would call your full potential. And, remember, you would shrug and say ‘Oh, yeah right.’ But, then, we get that effortless technique and we do it regularly, dipping into that satisfying place within our consciousness. We get rid of all that stress and fatigue. We replace doubt with awareness, certainty. We start just doing our life, enjoying it, and not trying to figure it out. No more analyzing. Every day gets easier and easier, simpler and more satisfying. We’re enjoying so much support from the environment.”
How do you “check out” to maintain your energy? Please let us know in the comments below!
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