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My meditation journey...

I had been interested in meditation for a long time but could not get the hang of it no matter how hard I tried. After many unsuccessful attempts, I concluded, it wasn’t for me, or so I  thought…

After an exceptionally long week at work, I wanted nothing more than to relax on the sofa with a large glass of wine but instead of doing so, I felt an extremely strong urge to try and meditate, once more. Rather strange as I hadn’t given it any thought for well over a year. My conscious mind was strongly opposed to the idea, in fact, it just wanted wine! And despite my inner conflict, something stronger willed me on. I sat down, closed my eyes, and silently counted my breaths for about 5 minutes or so. Muscles relaxed and all tension melted away really quickly, eventually thoughts settled too, (for the most part) and when events of the day interrupted my flow, I focused on the relaxing sensations in my body then back to counting breaths. Maybe 10 minutes later, my heart rate really slowed, and I lost all sense of awareness. Conversely, I was in some way aware of the “disconnect” as I floated  in the most profound state of bliss! Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before thoughts suddenly flooded in doing their best to make sense of this unusual experience. Nevertheless, my feelings of elation lasted well into the evening as I contemplated my "success"

 

From that moment on, I was hooked, setting my alarm 10 minutes earlier in order to meditate before starting my day. Admittedly, it wasn’t all “heady bliss” from that moment on. Some days were challenging and I felt like giving up, once again, especially when my mind wandered throughout the entire session. I learned to let go of chasing the bliss, and saw every day as an opportunity to practice instead. As confidence grew, I explored variety of techniques, incorporating breath work into the session. After a few weeks, I felt more energetic and eager to start the day. The benefits continued, things that once bothered no longer did, concentration improved, as did my focus and attention span. I went from recording changes to the realisation that my general wellbeing was benefitting greatly. 

 

This simple process, set me on an incredible journey of self-discovery unlike any other; for that I am eternally grateful. And whilst it is not a panacea for all of life's challenges, for me, it's as near as it gets!

If you would like some guidance with your current practice, or wish to book a private class, please get in touch. All contact details can be found on the home page or click the button below. I look forward to speaking with you very soon. 

"Everything in the universe is within you, ask all from yourself" 

rumi

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