OK, so by now, many of you realize that I have a few passions and they all pertain to physical and mental well-being. Reiki is the biggest of my passions. Healing, I feel is my life's work. I have helped and will continue to help people with Reiki, as well as myself when needed, but part of my healing comes from meditation. One of the great things about Reiki aside from its healing properties is the fact that Reiki brings you to a meditative state of calm and peacefulness.
Meditation is a great source of healing as well. It can improve our creative thinking, our energy levels, as well as stress levels. It's associated with improvement in a variety of psychological areas, including stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and cognitive function, just to name a few. There are studies that suggest that meditation can reduce blood pressure, pain response, stress hormone levels, and even cellular health.
In my quest to heal many years ago, I've tried meditating off and on, and have had a very difficult time. In different periods of my life I would go through an immense healing period and then would get side tracked with life and forget to stay the course as we often do. I read everything that I could get my hands on to teach me to meditate, and without much success.
What really is meditation?
It's not an act of doing; it's a state of awareness. Meditations' one goal is to slow down, and eventually completely stop activity in our minds so that we can be at one with our inner self. This is a state of profound deep peace when the mind is calm and silent.
I've read that it takes months or even years to learn or training to learn to meditate successfully. After trying countless ways of meditation on my own, I found it increasingly difficult as well. I was looking for a way to reduce my stress and help clear mind, but I couldn't figure out a way to separate myself from all of the natural negativity of the world. I've listened to different meditation music, along with hypnotic meditation CD's but the thing that's helped me the most is Deep Zen Meditation.
Years ago I got my free demo and ended up in a period where life took over and I lost sight of the mission of healing I was looking for so it got put aside. Ironically, as my life would go, years later, in cleaning out books and cd's cluttering my space, I became re-acquainted with Zen CD and realized that with the help of Zen, I was able to start meditating and feeling good about it.
Today, I am able to use many different techniques to meditate. I find that some work better than others and I keep trying different things so that I don't lose sight of the wonderful healing benefits of meditation for me. This, for me, is a form of release of all of the pain and sadness I've endured in my life, and helps me get to a place of forgiveness.
Everyone has a different experience or need for meditation. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences of healing with meditation in your world. In the meantime, live, love, and laugh today because tomorrow is just not promised!