This morning I watched a quick vimeo provided by Kelly Brogan MD, who is a holistic psychiatrist, and a most inspiring health pioneer of our times. In her vimeo, she mentioned her belief that none of us can truly thrive without a consistent meditation practice (here is a link to her vimeo for those who are interested: Kelly Brogan). In my 14 years of yoga practice, I must admit to being a late bloomer at meditation. Although in hindsight, I realize now that my consistent yoga asana practice served as my moving meditation, I’ve come to appreciate the value of a seated/still meditation practice as complimentary to a movement practice. The contrast of the two provides insights that neither practice on its own brings to fruition.
What I have found most useful for a “successful” meditation practice (which, for me, means committing to daily practice) was the letting go of any preconceived notion on what “successful” meditation, or right meditation, was. I had previously believed that right meditation meant not only being still with my body, but also stilling my mind. With that mindset in place, its no surprise that I ALWAYS felt I was failing at meditation. However, when I came to realize that, for me, right meditation simply means observing my thoughts, busy or otherwise, suddenly I was successful at it.
Meditation can simply mean to intimately observe our self. The act of committing to a set amount of time to solely be with our selves is nothing short of a deep and meaningful act of self-kindness, of self-love. Furthermore, to invest in the simplicity of getting to know the Self, free of any intention to judge, change, modify, or adjust is to participate in social activism, be the change. What would it be like, for you, to spend 5 mins, 20mins, with yourself, non-striving to be anything other than what you are, in each moment. For me, to simply BE: self-aware, self-intimate, is right meditation.
And, quite honestly, it has been such a relief, just Being. This daily act instills in me a sense of “I am OK, just as I am”, in an embodied, experiential way. It is unsustainable to seek that confirmation outside of ourselves: reassurance that we belong, that we are acceptable, or worthy when we are our true selves. It is dis-empowered, and risky practice to outsource that inner need. It is sustainable, and self-empowering, to resource it internally, and 5-20mins of self-acceptance meditation might just be the cure that only you can gift yourself…and the research proves its efficacy is more potent than almost all prescribed medication out there for mental illness…ask Kelly!
Who knew we were so powerful!
“I knew what was essential for soul-tending was silent presence: the quiet spaciousness that allows insights to emerge, and ghosts to take shape from the recess of the shadowed garden” -Sept 25, 2016