One of my favorite things to do in life is teach and sit with people in meditation. Since living in Bali, this has been the first time I’ve been teaching meditation publicly in an outside studio vs. my home studio. People who have never before sat still in their life have been coming to class and wanting, having the desire, a yearning for an integration of meditation practice in their lives. It’s so amazing. The practice of meditation is not to go in to just stay in. What’s the point in that? Meditation is to go in to then come back out from that place of core center and stillness. In the early days of the unveiling of yoga, yoga meant meditation—there was none of this Lululemon clothing, Manduka mat, fancy shmancy gear. The asanas of yoga were designed to prepare the yogi or yogini to sit. Funny how things evolve in the Western world isn’t it? It’s time for the old paradigm of what the projection of yoga is thought to be to fall away and be replaced with a more intimate and true understanding of the science and depth to this practice.Here's how you can incorporate meditation into your everyday life.
1. “But I’m not good at meditation.”
Almost every one that comes to my class says this. Give me a name of someone who is good at something they’ve never done before. Well, besides the exception of all of our own inherent gifts and talents residing in us—on a generic level, for the most part, we have to practice something over and over and over again before we get better at it. Just by you having the desire and intention to sit down and do nothing, you’re already doing something better for your body and your mind. If you want to get better at mediation, practice it more. It’s that simple. Carlos Pomeda says it’s like a muscle you have to flex. You gotta nurture, water, till the soil and feed what you want to build and incorporate into your life.
2. “The goodness of your heart is such that it wants your mind to have beautiful thoughts.” – Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
Intention is a very powerful seed. Intention dwells in the center of the heart. By you harnessing your intention, by cause and effect, your mind will respond. The mind is always looking for something more attractive and beautiful to shine it’s awareness on. Meditating is good for the body and mind in a way that it will settle and calm the nervous system and drop the speed of frequency in the brainwaves to a more healing and subconscious state. Only within deep subconscious and unconscious states can cell reprogramming and altering regenerative effects occur. Unless of course you are a more advanced practitioner to where accessing these levels of brainwaves and consciousness are more well versed and traveled upon. It just depends on your intention and how much you want it. To what level of commitment are you willing to make? Get clear on that and everything else will fall in to place.
3. Start small and build from where you’re at.
Don’t get too crazy in your desire to have this epic meditation practice carved into your life. In the beginning it’s going to be a bit of a challenge to even find 30 minutes to sit down, be still and be quiet. Start at what feels more comfortable and do-able for you. It may be 2 minutes, it may be 10 minutes, it may be 20 minutes. Be realistic in your approach. Once your body and mind become introduced, well acquainted, maybe then even friends—an innate desire to lengthen the time to sit will stir and arise. You’ll know. It’s an internal call, a voice that you will hear. But first, you gotta chill out your mind so the inner voice has space to resonate within. The volume of the chit chat in the brain will lower down. Maybe even turn off. Who knows what’ll happen.
4. Sit down, close your eyes and be quiet.
“There’s a wisdom in sitting on the ground.” –Carlos Pomeda
Sit down low, close to the Earth and feel what it’s like to bring your perspective down to this level. Internally, there’s already a settling that occurs isn’t there? Try it. Stand up, feel; then sit down cross legged, feel. Investigate the difference in energies. Closing your eyes with the intention to sit can be frightening-- as that is the first step to looking in. A lot of people don’t want to look in and take responsibility—they’d rather look at and point the finger towards an external noun. But I know you’re not that kind of person. Look in, look in, look in.