At some point during one of your treatments here we have talked about meditation and how it can be one of the most beneficial health choices you can make. For some finding quiet time is a terrifying idea. Literally. For others the practice of meditation sounds confusing, or super woo woo or even boring. Hopefully meditation is something that sounds sort of interesting even if you don’t know where to start. A good place to start might be as simple as being curious. What does meditation look like to you? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? What would you want it to look like? I think there is often this perception that meditation is a quiet monk sitting cross legged with a blissed out smile enjoying the serenity. For some that’s exactly what it is. But it doesn’t have to look like that. Meditation is a deeply personal practice and it’s going to look and sound differently for each person. Nothing in our bodies works the exact same as our neighbors why would our meditation practice? For me meditation means a time I set aside to clear my head, calm my nervous system, and practice finding quiet in this hyper stimulated world. Most days I practice that thru yoga – a moving meditation. On days when I am feeling particularly frantic I meditate by listening to some old school punk rock and it moves the frenzy for me. When I am really struggling with decisions or coming to terms with something in particular I use a guided meditation to help me wade thru the muck. And most days at the end of the day I come home and find 5 minutes with no cell phone, no computers, no music – just me. Breathing. That’s it.
What I see pretty often in my acupuncture practice is patients really having a hard time meeting their bodies where they are at in this present moment. Especially when we are in a health crisis or pain cycle. We are often trying to get back to where we used to be. The fact of the matter is this is our body’s truth in this moment. We can’t go back and that can be a real struggle. But here is a question, what would it look or feel like to not be constantly struggling against where we happen to be? What would it look like if we not only accepted our current condition but if we were able to quiet down enough to actually listen to it? What could it teach us? How can we learn to peacefully exist with a condition that might not ever go away? We can’t stay mad or fight against it forever. Well, we could but who is that really helping? Acceptance doesn’t ever mean giving up. In fact I see it as a way to work with what ails us. Making friends with it for lack of better terms. When we let go of the struggle there is a very real chance that we can change perspective, find new opportunities for growth and healing, or possibly just find some clarity or self confidence. The guided meditation below is meant to help find some peace around whatever injury, illness or situation that you may be struggling with at the moment. I feel so lucky that my friend and brilliant yogi Kelli Barnett agreed to do this for us. Not only did she save y’all from having to listen to my hamster voice for 30 minutes but she guides us so gently into looking more deeply, feeling what it means to truly relax in our bodies and surrender into the present. I hope that you take the time to try this meditation. It can used once or a 100 times. Whether you’ve got knee pain, fertility issues, cancer, depression, or just looking to try meditation there is something here for everyone. We all need a little help now and then and I hope this helps you find some peace. It certainly has helped me. Please enjoy it, share it and visit Kelli here.