The past few years have been filled with exploration and discovery around meditation and affirmations. I originally stumbled upon meditation on my journey with God in prayer. One thing led to the next and before I knew it, meditation became an essential practise that has brought me so much grounding, clarity, peace and inspiration.
For me, meditation can take me from a ‘blah’ mood to a vibrant and inspired presence. When I prioritise this practise, my life expands in leaps and bounds, and when I neglect it, I get stuck. Don’t get me wrong, its not all roses and angels…there are times when I am distracted, I fall off the wagon, I struggle to commit and focus. This is all part of growth and instead of judging myself for taking a detour, I forgive myself and recommit to my highest choices.
Meditation and affirmations are like sisters. They walk hand and hand into divine destiny. When I engage what I see and feel with what I speak, my being is expanded and energised. I have re-membered to make I AM statements that align me with my highest self -my Christ self.
I AM loved. I AM secure. I AM peaceful, whole and balanced. I AM a powerful, radiant, magnificent being of light! I AM present in love. I AM an inspiration and a blessing. I AM sunshine.
Theses are some of my favourite affirmations that I speak over myself to shift negative thoughts and patterns and re-member who I am. Yes at first, they may not ‘feel’ true. Yes there may be a reaction. BUT if this is truly who we are, we will experience growth and expansion -breaking through limiting and judgemental road blocks to discover our true self. I dare you to write 5 affirmations that you can start to speak over yourself daily! GO ON…write 5!
And that’s just my experience to date… theres an ocean of research on the impact of meditation on health and harmony. Check out the documented short-term benefits to your nervous system.
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved blood circulation
- Lower heart rate
- Less perspiration
- Slower respiratory rate
- Less anxiety
- Lower blood cortisol levels
- More feelings of well-being
- Less stress
- Deeper relaxation
Research is now exploring whether a consistent meditation practice yields long-term benefits on brain and immune function and this looks promising. But whether ‘research’ tells us benefits or not, the purpose of meditation is not to achieve benefits. The goal of meditation is simply to be present.
The ultimate benefit of meditation is liberation of the mind from attachment to things it cannot control, such as external circumstances or strong internal emotions. This allows us to no longer follow impulsive desires or cling to experiences, but instead maintains a calm mind and sense of inner harmony.
A SIMPLE INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION:
- Sit or lie comfortably. I highly recommend a cushion under your tail bone if you sit with your legs crossed.
- Close your eyes in a relaxed state.
- Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
- Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath. I like to envision each breath as receiving love from my Creator and as I exhale, I see stress and worry leaving my being.
- Add in your 5 affirmations before you finish up, and let them become a resounding symphony to bless your day.
Maintain this meditation practice for two to three minutes to start, and work up to 10 minutes or more each day. Create a peaceful place to meditate, use an essential oil like frankincense to enhance the experience and enjoy the sense of peace and empowerment that comes from a daily meditation practise.
If you would like more help or support with this practise, please get in touch with me and I will be honoured to give you a few more tips and encouragement.
Namaste to you