Meditation was something I first explored when I figured out I was seeing Spirit. All the signs I received from Spirit, all the advice I got led me to seek out a Meditation practice. This practice seemed impossible at first! In this busy world of multi-tasking, thinking ahead, constantly doing to get ahead, how could I quiet my mind? I sought out a beginner’s class, and boy was I surprised! It was really fun, and I excelled quickly at quieting my mind. This is one of the most important skills to learn as a Medium. Because if your own thoughts get in the way, how are you going to discern between what is your thoughts and what is Spirit's?
According to Wikipedia, "Some of the earliest written records of meditation, come from the Hindu traditions of Vedantism around 1500 BCE. The Vedas discuss the meditative traditions of ancient India. Around the 6th to 5th centuries BCE, other forms of meditation developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India." So people have been meditating for literally over a 1000 years, so there must be something to it, right?
The beginner’s class I took was amazing. I have been extremely blessed with wonderful teachers at every turn. My Meditation teacher was no different. A man who knew how to hold space for his students, create a safe environment, and was so patient and kind that really
you were just going to succeed just by being in the same room! We started with just simply breathing, and listening to our breath. We counted our breath so it kept our mind occupied, but really it was a great way to start to quiet our mind. And it progressed from there.
The understanding is that our higher consciousness is the voice of our true self. The voice of our Spirit. In Spirit we are connected to a collective consciousness, and its essence is love. But it can be silenced by fear and ego. Our ego serves a purpose - it keeps us alive. It makes sure that we are not doing things that are dangerous. The Ego is often paired metaphorically with the mind, whereas the Spirit is paired with the heart. If you think of it with the metaphor, you need you mind to make decisions that keep you safe and look after your basic needs. You heart leads you down the path of life, with the intention of living your life's purpose and making decisions with a part of yourself that literally knows everything. If you use the two of them together, you can lead a very balanced fulfilled life. Meditation allows us to hear our heart's desires and bring that into being. It is truly an essential skill for everyone. I am proud to be a Certified Meditation Teacher, and I love helping people find their center in the storm.