In relation to my last post, taking time for yourself is imperative for a healthy mindset. Carving out time that is dedicated solely to you is sometimes difficult given our busy day-to-day schedules. Trust me, do yourself the favour! I believe in the power of meditation and prayer. Being in complete silence will help you become the best version of yourself. In the Bible, Jeremiah states that God has plan for each of us: plans of hope and a future (29:11). Meditation can serve only to strengthen your relationship with the Creator by giving you a clear mind so you can better understand what your destiny is. By allowing your thoughts to be open and your mind to be pure, you are being more receptive to the universe. During mediation, you are allowing your soul to connect with the Earth’s wave-lengths and the more exalted you are in your personal vibrations, the more you are attracting good things to yourself. Send out good energy and receive it back tenfold.
Mediation is not meant to be conquered over night. Instead, meditation is a learned habit that grows with you over time. Start by being in silence for two minutes a day and work up to five, then ten, then twenty and before you know it you will be a master of the practice. You will have built your meditative stamina. My meditative journey started about five years ago. I started by rolling out my yoga mat and laying in silence. After some time, I began sitting up and playing relaxing music in the background. Now, I can be in any place with any background noise and release my mind from the static. I believe that being positive and optimistic about life is recognized by the universe. As those vibrations lift from your body and float into the universe, they are gathered and delivered back to you.
A new venture of mine over the past 6 months has been long distance running. I enjoy outdoor sports and activities but running has never quite been my forte. I started because some women at my work were part of a running group after school, and I was in search of some encouragement for certain changes in my life. At first, I dreaded the runs, it wasn’t something I looked forward to. Then, I changed my mindset. I started using that block of time as my meditation period. Now when I run, I reflect on my day and measure the energy I have been sending out. I also examine the energy that has come to me and analyze whether or not I am comfortable with it. Yesterday I ran my first 5K meditation. For 6 months I have been building to running 5 kilometres and I have accomplished that goal; I have built my meditation stamina. I know that through positivity, prayer, and thanksgiving I will continue to grow in my career, in my health, in my faith, in my relationships, and in my universe. I will leave you with a copy of my favourite meditative poem/prayer, written by Max Ehrmann in 1952.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
I’d love to hear some of your favourite meditative practices, comment them below!