Having been working through some uncertainties in the past few weeks, I decided to take time to think things through and gain clarity. As I began organizing my thoughts, I was led to a desperate need for one of the following: a good cry, a good laugh, a new path, a physical detox, or all of the above. Fortunately, I figured it out: I was in need of meditation.
Meditation is a very personal thing, and everyone experiences it in their own unique way. To me, meditation is a conscious act of connecting thoughts to feelings deep inside without any fear of what might be revealed.
I believe that everyone is capable of meditating. Those, who have never consciously meditated before have most-likely reached the act of meditation many times in their life without even realizing it. I call that unconscious meditation, which is the act of thinking. Unconscious meditation often happens when we are alone and focused on a specific problem or issue. Those nights you couldn’t sleep, for instance, trying to figure out how to solve a certain problem, actively working on diminishing the flame of stress that was burning inside? You were laying in bed in a dark quiet room, starring at the ceiling with your thoughts completely focused. That may have very well been an act of meditation, and what would have made it a conscious meditation is simply connecting your thoughts to your feelings with the intention of reaching deep inside for the answers within you. To me, that connection is what makes the difference between “thinking” and “meditating”.
Meditation and Healing
Meditation is a powerful phenomenon. The nature so provides that as we reach deep within ourselves and connect to our core with the intention of being healed, the process of healing begins naturally. As we begin to heal inside, we are able to heal outside. This internal healing helps us change our perspective on our on external circumstances. As we feel healthier internally, we are able to focus in a healthier way externally. It is the law of nature that when we seek and reach positive, healthy emotions inside, we attract and exude positive emotions outside.
Meditation and Forgiveness
A lot of emotional hurt is directly or indirectly connected to the need of forgiveness, whether it is the need to forgive ourselves or the need to forgive others. For me, forgiveness occurs in three stages: 1) healing within; 2) forgiving self, and 2) forgiving others. In my personal experience, meditation has been a very powerful tool for reaching complete state of forgiveness, and a very effective way of dealing with loss, hurt, anger, and disappointment.
I used to mute my inner voice and run away from my internal revelations. It was because of fear, whether it was a fear of facing the truth, or fear of searching for it. Last night was my powerful reminder of how important it is to connect to self, reach deep within and feel those thoughts through and through until the answer is clear.
“In meditation, healing can happen. When the mind is calm, alert and totally contented, then it is like a laser beam – it is very powerful and healing can happen.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
The way I see it, the power of meditation is in connecting our thoughts to our feelings inside with the intention of seeking, finding, and acting upon the answers without fear, without limitations, and without external influences.
And if we do it on a daily basis, we constantly awaken our soul while staying connected to our core. We become more aware of the truth inside and out while developing a calm, clear consciousness, which undoubtedly leads to a healthy mind-body-soul balance.
My wish for you in this new year is to always seek clarity within. Stay connected to your core, consciously examine your true feelings and connect them to your thoughts without letting external influences get in the way.
Katerina Egoul is a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach, who inspires and guides her clients towards achieving optimal wellness through motivational coaching.