Dear Friends,

Meditation is many things, haven’t you found? At the very, very beginning my goal was to experience inner and outer peace. I thought that inner and outer peace would just somehow arise within my being once I sat down. Then after meditating I would get up glowing, radiant.

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That of course didn’t happen. Instead, I was bombarded by a cacophony of mental chatter about stuff on my to-do list, unresolved feelings, and discomfort in my body.
It wasn’t a winning feeling at all.

For some reason, I stayed with it, and over the many years, I have continued to meditate.

I changed my expectations and reframed my approach to meditation. Before it was about immediate gratification, results and in some instances escape from reality.

These days I notice what arises in my consciousness, whether they are thoughts or feelings, or sensations, and don’t attach too much meaning to them. On the days when I am discombobulated or tired or worried, I switch to working through the issues before sitting down to meditate.

Meditation has become a treat, to sit in the stillness and breathe quietly in the inner sanctums of my being.

What did meditation mean to you when you started meditating and what does it mean to you today?

Wherever you are on the trajectory of your meditation experience, please join us for My Weekly Meditation on Saturdays at 11 a.m. MST.

We start each meditation by calming the autonomic nervous system with gentle breathing exercises and connecting to our bodies through touch, tapping, and brushing. This allows the body and senses to settle and in turn, creates more space for a quieter meditation.