Many people believe they cannot meditate. They have tried but it just doesn’t work for them. Julie begins with asking: “Do you know the science behind meditation?”
Meditation doesn’t just happen. A physiological shift in the body must take place for the mind to drop into a meditative state. Hormones are secreted into the blood stream from the pituitary gland that helps to slow brainwaves. As breathing is controlled, the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in, the part of the nervous system that helps relaxation, helps to let go. Less cortisol pumps through the blood stream. The brain moves from beta waves to alpha waves. The mind gets quiet. You are meditating.
Stay with it and remember, it’s not about controlling your thoughts. Meditation helps you so that your thoughts no longer control you. In meditation, one learns to observe thoughts, not think them. Just like your body gets stronger over time with exercise, the mind gets stronger over time, meditation becomes easier and the experience becomes deeper with practice.
My Experience With Meditation
I have spent the better part of 20 years sitting at the feet of spiritual teachers, learning, remembering, evolving, and becoming who I’m destined to be. In 2000 I started reading and really dedicating my time and energy to my spiritual growth. It was the Kundalini Yoga teacher trainings and the Numerology that really developed me into a spiritual teacher/Intuitive Counselor.
Yoga and meditation workshops led to over 1000 hours of yoga and meditation teacher trainings. Through these trainings I met some of my closest friends to date. We as yoga teachers had the privilege of going to India with our master Kundalini Yoga instructors, two women who studied under Yogi Bhajan for over 40 years. India brought a whole new layer to my spiritual development and how I perceived the world and my ability to deepen my meditative practice.
What I learned from my journey thus far is that yoga and meditation doesn’t happen on the mat. It happens in the mind. We start with many hours on the mat but over time even if we do not practice consistently our consciousness has shifted and we see the world through new eyes. Yogis shift into a calm neutral state and are able to function in this new age from a place of peace and flow.
To me, being spiritual and having a consistent meditation practice means that you live in this world, go to work, raise a family, have relationships and pay bills all the while, working on your own spiritual awakening. As this awakening occurs and deepens you find happiness in everything. Peace, even in the chaos. It’s possible, trust me, let me show you how.