The first time I ever experienced meditation I must had been about 6 or 7 years old, I was with my oldest sister at her house, it was the 90s, and she had this meditation cassette tape she played for me and her, she always had a gift for making anything we would be doing super exciting, I can’t remember what she explained about it but I was intrigued.
We laid there, and followed all the breathing instructions. I remember being in a calm state, I can still remember seeing myself outside of my body in that room. It must had been a significant experience for me at such a young age, because I can still remember it so clearly, where I was and what was happening at least in the life of my sister that day, she seemed happy, and her relationship with her boyfriend now husband and father of her kids had started to get serious.
I never thought about meditation again or came across it again until probably a couple of years ago. We started listening to this cool monk guy who has a VERY famous podcast now called On Purpose, his name is Jay Shetty, you can find him here. He used to be a monk and shares his wisdom. He shared a lot about his meditation practice and the many benefits meditation has to offer, from the healing and connection to your self and the world. We really enjoy listening to him to this day.
Meditation has become more and more known now and the results continue to make this practice something I personally think everyone should be more aware of. It’s amazing how much you can find now about the benefits of meditation from just a quick search, and encourage it. Here you can find a Forbes article that shares 7 ways meditation can actually change the brain!
Wondering where to start with a meditation practice?
A colleague of ours shared with us a book called “Just sit” by Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz which was an amazing quick read to understand the world of meditation better and get the answers to all the things you could wonder about before starting. Besides listening to Jay Shetty, this was the last piece for me to be fully sold on building this practice for myself.
You can’t do it wrong, it’s more like a workout, the more you do it consistently, the better you’ll get.
Give yourself 5 minutes to try, take a moment to sit down or lay down and listen to your breath, clear your mind from the never ending thoughts that come. How did that feel?
Think of it like a computer reboot that helps you function better, or a restart on your computer to begin fresh!
I have not been perfect with my practice, but I am at a point where I do it most days, even if I only have 5 minutes for it, and when I’m following off, I always find a way to get back to it. It has taken me years to truly feel the benefits of it and make it part of my daily routine but the effort has been completely worth the results it has given me and my family.
Meditation is not another thing to accomplish or a destination but a daily practice with short and long term benefits, the key is consistency.
How meditation can support us in life
For me, the best part about it is that it’s one of those life hacks that I know will be there to support me through all the seasons of my life.
In my personal experience, it’s a special connection to ourselves and to our world which I like to believe we are all connected to.
It doesn’t always make sense or feels as rewarding but when you practice long enough, it’s the shift in your perspective and better mood that makes you start to see the difference.
- It helps me go to sleep at night, or recharge after a stressful day.
- Helps maintain a healthy weight and even my skin looks better
- Aids with Digestion
- Boost my immune system and even improve my brain health.
My meditation practice truly came in to my rescue recently, after going through a scary last minute surgery to remove a large ovarian cyst. I experienced pain for 10 days of my life like never before. Meditation was the only way I got through the nights of pain and to be able to keep myself in a more calm state to be able to feel I could heal and get through it, physically, spiritually and emotionally, I also know it had a huge part in helping me heal after the surgery.
Words can’t capture the impact meditation has had in my life. I think that’s why I was called to make this painting about a year ago, during a guided meditation by the now late self help author and lecturer, Bob Proctor, who we admired very much and followed his lectures for years.
In this meditation, he guides you to imagine this lavender healing light that begins to flow through the top of your head and continues to flow through the rest of your body, the way he walks you through this meditation made me experience one of the best meditations I ever had, and imagining this lavender light through me felt healing and inspired me to create something to be a reminder of the magic and power of meditation. Clickhere if you would like to try this free Bob Proctor meditation.
My wish is that this painting inspires you to try it or keep up with a meditation practice and also receive all the amazing free benefits it has to offer. She’s a reminder to meditate, she’s a reminder of the power that is already inside of us, to heal, to grow, to be happy.
Click here to Purchase my dear Meditation woman. With the purchase of this art piece, a 10% donation will be made to TheDream.Us, the non-profit organization I chose to support with my artwork, you can learn more about this organization here.