Back in 2005, my friend Marci and I decided we wanted to learn how to meditate. She had found a class in a nearby town. I was a bit nervous. I didn't know what to expect. Would I have to sit in silence with my thoughts for an hour?! The thought was terrifying. We got some seats and I ran to the restroom before the class started.
As I was walking from the restroom through the auditorium area, a man stood at the entrance door down a little ways. He smiled at me, and I at him. Without saying anything, in my mind we had a whole conversation.
Turns out the man standing in the doorway was the teacher of the class. Little did I know he would be guiding a meditation at my wedding five years later.
To tell you the truth, I can't remember the specific topic of that first class. I remember it started with about 15 minutes of guided meditation and that afterward, I felt more peaceful and happier. Then we discussed the idea of perception versus reality—how we see things from our own point of view, but nothing is fixed. We all are choosing how to perceive our reality, and every moment we can choose how we will act or react.
I felt like the whole talk had been written just for me. The classes have helped me shift my perspective and open my heart to others. I learned what true love really is, how to be compassionate, and how to cherish others more than myself. Don't get me wrong, I still have a long way to go.
But ultimately, meditation has taught me invaluable tools for inviting happiness into my life. How do you keep from losing it when you feel like you have one nerve left and someone's about to jump on it? Here are three tips to connect with your inner wisdom and bring peace and happiness into your heart.